30 The Book of Indoor and Outdoor Games
"All's well that ends well." "A thing well begun is half done."
"There is honour among thieves." "When thieves fall out honest men get their dues."
" Fine feathers make fine birds." " Handsome is that handsome does."
"A penny saved is a penny earned." "Penny wise, pound foolish."
"A man of forty is either a fool or a physician." " He who doctors himself has a fool for a physician."
No one can account for the name of this old favourite, but it has lived long in spite of it. A word is selected, preferably one containing many letters, which each player writes at the top of a sheet of paper.
Each contestant must try to make as many words as possible by combining the letters contained in the head word, within a given time. Five minutes is a good limit. The same letter may be used in a word only as often as it is repeated in the foundation word.
The most entertaining way to play the game is to make as many words as one may, beginning with the first letter of the main word; when all that are possible have been made, then beginning with the next, and so on.
The one whose list is the longest first reads aloud his words, the rest of the players crossing out all those which they have in duplicate, for only those that no one else has written count to the credit of the reader. The crossed words are the failures. The next player then reads the words that remain on his list unmarked by a cross, and so on around the circle. Every failure counts one to the person who alone has the word-