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Unfolding Sentences

origami swan, folded paper resembling a swan in flight
No. of Players: 1
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper


To write a sentence guided by the first letters of that sentence.

How to play

This game challenges you to write a sentence(s) with words that begin with the letters at the beginning of the sentence. So the first word begins with the first letter of the sentence, the second word begins with the second letter of the sentence, the third word the third letter, etc. It is useful to think of this process as a sentence which grows or unfolds from the 'seeds' implanted at its beginning.


What Henry asked Tim hopefully excited nobody. "Raise your arms," said Kim. "Even Dan told..."

Did you know?

According to Guinness World Records, in 2002 Britney Gallivan of Pomona, California was the first person to fold a single piece of paper in half 12 times.

cartoon of toilet paper roll looking at cardboard paper roll

While still a high school student, Britney used a single roll of toilet paper 4,000 feet in length. That's just over three-quarters of a mile long!

Did you know?

The world's longest sentence is 2,403,109 words in length. It was published in Nigel Tomm's 2008 novel The Blah Story.

three books stacked on top of each other

Since it takes 3,248 pages to write out all of its 15,403,732 characters (with spaces), it must run across multiple volumes of the novel: while it begins in Volume 16, the ending period is only dropped in Volume 19.

chains of letters running into vanishing horizon

Incidently, this sentence also contains the world's longest word, which clocks in with a jaw-dropping 3,609,750 letters!

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