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Missing Words

No. of Players: 1+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper


To find missing words in a poem.

How to play

Players challenge themselves to compose poems with missing words that are anagrams of one another. Other players then attempt to solve the anagrams. The first to do so is declared the winner. The poems need not rhyme and hints can be given, like the first letter in each of the anagram words.


Arthur writes the following poem with four missing words that are anagrams of each other. He makes copies for all the players.

Our football ____ is the best,
Less ____, more wild than the rest.
We eat ____ before every game,
To put every other ____ to shame.

Baker is the first to finish, solving with the words TEAM, TAME, MEAT and MATE. So he writes this short, two-line poem:

He took an ____ off his beard,
Scratched his ____ and then cheered.

Cynthia solves with INCH and CHIN and writes another poem.

And so on.

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