Saturday, January 9, 2010
The game is played in two teams. The goal for each player is to get their team to say the word or word phrase displayed in the disc. One member of a team starts the timer and tries to get his or her team to guess the displayed word or phrase. A clue-giver can make any physical gesture and give almost any verbal clue, but may not say a word that rhymes with any of the words, give the first letter of a word, say the number of syllables, or say part of any word in the clue (e.g., "worry" for "worry wart"). When the team guesses correctly, the other team takes its turn. Play continues until the timer runs out. The team not holding the disc when time runs out scores a point. They also have one chance to guess the word or phrase, with team members allowed to confer; a correct answer earns a bonus point. The first team to score seven points wins.
After Christmas Eve service, several of us went over the Jeff and Tamara's house for some appetizers and hard liquor (just kidding about the hard liquor part). Anyway, the kids were playing with a new Catch Phrase game -- not really playing by the rules, just guessing back and forth. My daughter, holding the game gives me the following clues:
Rachel: "Girls start wearing this when they get older"
Me: "A bra?"
Rachel: "Girls wear this bra when they're playing sports."
Me: "A sports bra?"
At this point, I felt that I needed to point out the less obvious rules of the game, such as the rule against saying any part of the clue, or basically saying the clue in its entirety. With this in mind, she continues:
Rachel: "If someone was jumping off a cliff, this is what you would say to them."
Peanut Gallery: "Geronimo?" "Watch Out?" "Oh, no?"
Rachel: "No. You would say, 'That's ridiculous'. The word is ridiculous."
Apparently, in this particular game, she has decided that she will be the giver of the clues. And since we were all being entertained immensely, we went with that.
Rachel: "What we are."
Peanut Gallery: "Human?" "Sinful?" "People?" "Texans?" "Americans?"
When we actually played a real game, "Mammals" was the go-to answer when we didn't know what else to say.
She cracks me up...