a Word Game
Version Date: April 30, 2013
Claim a Word is an easy game built into this
Players' knowledge of simple words is tested by presenting them with a
list of 26 randomly generated possible words, each
beginning with a different letter of the alphabet. Players must
identify which of the possibilities are words and which are not. The
game can be played by one, two, or three players or more if joined into
teams. It is recommended that you print each word list to prevent
inadvertently recreating a new list in the middle of play. Printing
also has the advantage of allowing you to generate several game sheets
and take them with you in the car, on the plane, to the beach or
Play begins by opening the spreadsheet. In the spreadsheet, the player
who is up should hold down the F9
function key for a count of five.
Caution: Each input to the
spreadsheet will recreate a new word list, so if you want to use the
columns labeled Player 1 and so forth to keep score PRINT the
spreadsheet and write the scores on the printout.
On the printout or the spreadsheet the player should go down the list
and claim each letter
string that he or she believes to be a word. In order to score, the
player must define
each claimed word and give an example of use. If the other players
dispute a choice, a standard desk dictionary should be consulted.
When the up player has identified all the words possible, play goes to
the next player.
The new up player first has the opportunity to claim any words in the
list that the previous player missed.
Then the new player holds down the F9 key for a count of five to get a
Each correctly claimed word earns the player one point. The number of
correct words and definitions is noted and
play goes to the next player.
Players should agree on the following scoring rules before play begins:
1. American spelling only, British spelling only, or both spellings
2. Words formed from other words, though the form might not be in the
dictionary. Example: In the word list shown in the graphic, tase is formed from Taser, lase from laser, and mase from maser.
3. Acronyms or actual words only. In the list in the graphic, sase is
an acronym (self addressed stamped envelope).
4. Abbreviations or actual words only.
If the new player identifies words in the previous player's list, each
newly identified word scores two points.
Play continues until each player has played a set number of rounds,
(recommended is 3, 5, or 7 dependint on
the number of players). The player with the highest total wins.
Alternatively, play continues until one player reaches 100 points.
Desired rules must be claimed and agreed upon in advance of play.
Those who like to punish errors can claim the error
rule which is to subtract a point for each string wrongly
claimed to be
a word. Those who like to punish imperfection can claim the oversight
rule where a point is subtracted for each actual word not
claimed by the up player.
Those who want actual words only, as defined by their presence in the
reference dictionary, can claim strict
The game number is a combination of the date and time, rendered into a
number string. Thus, each game has a unique identifier. And for the
third time, it's best to print the game sheet to avoid accidentally
recreating a new word list.
To get the spreadsheet, click here.
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