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ORIGINAL WORD GAMES

by David Parlett

  Everybody likes word games. As a linguist by training and a gamester by inclination I am no exception to this rule. Here are a few games of my invention that were first published in Games & Puzzles magazine, or The Penguin Book of Word Games, or The Guinness Book of Word Games, or any combination of the three. I've also added an updated version of a rather long essay on the validity of words in word games 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. See When is a word not a word?  
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Lynx
A two-player crossword game using any pre-printed grid
Nymphabet
A Nim-type whip through the alphabet, for two
Phrase Maze
Meaningful meanderings for two deductive geniuses
Quizl
Another 2-player deductive with an on-line version for one
Silly Similes
A creative caparison of comparisons for one or more punsters
Suspensions
Or "Suspended Sentences" - to play when you're just hanging around
Trypo
A game of poetic injustice for any number of players
Wordsworth
My improvement (I hope) on an old favourite also called Letterbox (etc)
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