This game involves both luck and skill. It gives children a chance to show their abilities in vocabulary and simple addition. It gives practice in thinking of simple pseudonumes without using a Pseudonumer.
Two or more players, ages 10 and up.
A sheet of paper for each player to write the list of numbers and keep the score.
A pocket calculator is handy, but not necessary.
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2 9 5 The game starts with a list of three 3-digit numbers. These numbers must be
3 6 4 made up by the players, perhaps by pseudonuming 3 different names or words.
8 2 7 (Any nine digits will do — these 9 digits are a typical example.)
The players now take turns.
2 9 5 On his turn, the player must first obtain the next 3-digit number
3 6 4 by summing the previous three numbers.
8 2 7 (Any fourth digits, or numbers in the thousands-place, are simply deleted.)
4 8 6 In this example the new number is 486. (The sum is actually 1486 but the 1 is deleted.)
Now the player must think of a pseudonume for this new 3-digit number.
If he succeeds (maybe by thinking of ”roughage") he gets the points obtained by adding up all three digits in this pseudonume:
4+8+6=18. These points are added to his cumulative score. If he does not succeed, but can only think of a pseudonume for the first two numbers (such as ”roof”, or "reef" or "rave"), he only gets the points obtained by adding up these two digits: 4+8=12. The three-digit number may now be looked up in the Ponderous Pseudonumer, if a copy is available.
3 6 4 The next
player continues, by obtaining the next 3-digit number,
8 2 7 in this example 677. (the sum is 1677, but the first digit is again deleted.)
4 8 6
6 7 7 Thinking of a 3-digit Pseudonume (such as ”Chicago”) would give 20 points (6+7+7=20).
If the player could only think of a two-digit Pseudonume (such as ”shake”) he would only get 13 points (6+7=13).
A continuation of this example game might look like this:
|2 9 5|
|3 6 4|
|8 2 7|
|4 8 6||roughage||4+8+6=18 points|
|6 7 7||Chicago||6+7+7=20 points|
|9 9 0||babies||9+9+0=18 points|
|1 5 3||tail||1+5=6 points||(the player missed getting the last 3 points here)|
|8 2 0||funnies||8+2+0=10 points|
|9 6 3||peach||9+6=15 points||(the player missed getting the last 3 points here)|
|7 1 9||cut||7+1=8 points||(the player missed getting the last 9 points here)|
|6 1 8||shed||6+1=7 points||(the player missed getting the last 8 points here)|
|2 7 3||neck||2+7=9 points||(the player missed getting the last 3 points here)|
|6 1 0||shots||6+1+0=7 points|
The player with the highest score after each player has taken 5 complete turns is the winner.