Everybody likes word games.
Front cover of my
Penguin Book of
(click to enlarge) As a linguist by training and a gamester by inclination I am no exception to the rule. Here are a few games of my invention that were first published in Games & Puzzles magazine, or The Logophile, or The Penguin Book of Word Games (right), or Botticelli and Beyond, or The Guinness Book of Word Games, or its most recent incarnation as The Book of Word games. or any combination of them all. I've also added an updated version of a rather long essay on the validity of words in word games (see When is a word not a word?) first published in the Penguin Book. Its eventual conclusion is summarised in Parlett's Universal Rules for Word Games, namely: Any word is acceptable if (a) at least one opponent accepts it, or, if not, (b) you can find it in a printed publication within five minutes of being challenged.
Publishing history: The Penguin Book appeared in 1982, with the same cover design for both hardback and paperback, with an American edition published by Pantheon Books under the title Botticelli and Beyond. In 1995 a revised version, now expanded to included proprietary games, was published as The Guinness Book of Word Games (by Guinness Publishing, of course), and These have since been superseded by The Book of Word Games.