The BOOK of INDOOR and OUTDOOR GAMES
CHAPTER I—GAMES OF THOUGHT, WIT AND MEMORY
With Pen and Pencil
THE GAME OF DEFINITIONS
T HIS game was played at the Court of Charlemagne, and it is said that even the learned Alcuin did not disdain to take part in it. It is not therefore claimed to be new, but, though popular in France, it is little known elsewhere.
In its modern form, pads and pencils are distributed to the players and each is asked to write a question or ask for a definition. The papers are folded and thrown into a basket, from which they are withdrawn at haphazard, and each person must write an answer to the question that has fallen to his or to her lot.
The privilege of taking refuge behind a pseudonym is accorded to the writers. When, at each round of the game, the questions and answers are read aloud by the leader or hostess and voted upon, the incognito is not unwelcome. The one whom popular acclaim marks out as the cleverest in definition "stands confessed"—and is awarded a prize.