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Word Reversals

No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: spoken
What you need: nothing


To think of words which make other words when spelled backwards.

How to play

Players sit in a circle. One player begins the game by giving the player to his left a clue to a pair of words. These words are special, however: spelling out the first word backwards spells out the second word, and vice versa. For instance, the hint might be "Reversing what babies wear will square your loans" for the words diaper and repaid. Any player who cannot think of a reversible pair of words with a suitable clue, or who cannot solve the clue to the pair of words the other player has in mind, must drop out of the game. The last player left is the winner.

In another version of this game, players take turns naming reversible pairs of words. They have one minute to do so before needing to drop out.

This game is similar to Palindromes.


Aaron: Can you reverse rodents to make a point in the night sky?
Baby: Rats and star. Reversing a marsh plant will get you a swift-footed ruminant.
Carey: Reed and deer. Try reversing a hero, grinder or hoagie to get public transportation.
Denis: Sub and bus. Reverse a chewy candy you don't swallow to get a coffee cup, please.
Aaron: Gum and mug. Can you reverse the opposite of 'die' to get something really bad?
Baby: Live and evil. Reverse a prize for achievement to get a compartment for socks.
Carey: Ah... I cannot! [Carey drops out.]
Denis: Reward and drawer.

And so on.

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