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HOW MANY WORDS?

One passenger nominates a word of two or three syllables. Then everyone settles down to think up as many other words as they can, using the letters from the key word. Each letter may only be used once, and the words must be at least three letters long.

Say, for instance, that the key word is MANCHESTER. Right away, you can see two words in that name MAN and CHEST. A little thought, and you can find the following:

MAT NEAT TEAM MATE CREAM TRAM MANE CHEAT RAM

MEAT RATE HAM MEAN CHASTE CRAM MASTER TAR MARCH

METER HARE ARCH MEET REST CHAR MATCH NEST CHART

MARS TAN HEART

Not bad for one word, is it? (You'll find that you can make plenty more from the same letters, as well.)

It's best to put a time limit of perhaps ten minutes on each round of this competition. When the time is up, the players count up how many words each has thought of. Then they all have to be checked. The easiest way of doing this is for the person with the most words to read out his list. The others can tick off any that they have thought of. Misspelt words of course don't count.

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