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Grid Words

No. of Players: 2
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper


To fill a grid with letters without breaking two rules.

How to play

Players alternately write one letter in a 5 by 5 grid (or larger). But they must do so without breaking two rules:

Rule #1: Any letter can be written, but three or more adjacent letters must form a word, either horizontally or vertically.
Rule #2: No letter can be written if it stops the formation of another word of two or more letters.

A player can challenge his opponent if he believes a rule is being broken. If the challenge is successful, the challenger wins the game. But if incorrect, the challenger loses the game. Otherwise, players score one point for each letter of the words they form. The player with the highest score wins the game.

This game is similar to Empty Squares.


Abby begins by writing the letter A in the center cell. Boone adds the letter T to the right of it, and Abby makes the word HAT by adding H to the left. Boone writes C above the A and Abby writes R below it to make CAR.

5 by 5 grid with 7 letters in it

Boone then writes P below the R to form CARP, thinking his opponent will now be limited to forming a horizontal word across the middle like THAT, HATS or HATE. So Abby surprises him when she writes S above the C. He instantly challenges. But he loses his challenge (and the game) when a dictionary is consulted and an entry is found for SCARP: (n) a very steep bank or slope; (v) to cut or erode a hillside so that it becomes steep.

And so on.

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