Archive for April, 2010

How? When? Where?

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

One of the players goes out of the room and the players decide upon an object. Let us suppose that the word chosen is chest. The word being agreed upon, the other player is called in. The game is for this player to guess the word by asking the three questions “How do you like it? When do you like it? Where do you like it?” of each person until the word is guessed. For instance, one player is asked:

“How do you like it?”

“Full of gold coins.”

“When do you like it?”

“When I an traveling.”

“Where do you like it?”

“In a safe place where robbers cannot find it.” And so the game goes on until the guesser knows the word. If he fails to guess it after asking every one of the players the three questions, “How do you like it? When do you like it? Where do you like it?” he must pay a forfeit. The guesser next time is the person who, in making his answer gave away the word decided upon.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain


Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

The leader writes out a short story. It may be a bit of gossip, a newspaper incident or anything he wishes, it should however be rather excitable in character. He reads the story over, that he may whisper it to one of his neighbors without the aid of the paper. The neighbor listens attentively and in turn whispers it to another neighbor, and it is whispered from one to the other until everyone has heard it. The last person to whom the story was told is asked to relate it and then the person who originated the story is asked to read his written copy. It will be almost unbelievable how the facts of the story have changed in the telling. Scarcely ever will the story be accurate in any particular.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Guessing Groceries

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Into bits of muslin should be tied samples of groceries-tea, coffee, starch, rice. beans, spices, etc.

The player: are allowed one guess for each sample, depending entirely upon the sense of feeling, and the one guessing the largest number correctly is given a prize. The hostess should have the samples numbered in order to keep count of the guesses. One young lady has a lot of pretty little silk bags tilled with these samples and uses them again and again, and they always bring the same amount of fun.

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain

Fortune Telling

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

The Fortune Teller must provide the person who is to have his or her fortune told with a piece of paper and a pencil and then proceed to say:

  1. Write “Yes” or “no.”
  2. “State a gentleman’s or a lady’s name.” (If a lady’s fortune is to be told she must write a gentleman’s name and vice versa.)
  3. “Give a number.”
  4. “Length of time.”
  5. “Yes or no.”
  6. “Yes or no.”
  7. “Yes or no.”
  8. “A color.”
  9. “A color.”
  10. “Yes or no.”
  11. “Yes or no.”
  12. “A shape.”
  13. “A measure.”
  14. “A sum of money.”
  15. “A sum of money.”
  16. “A virtue.”
  17. “A profession.”
  18. “The name of a place.”
  19. “A lady’s or gentleman’s name.”
  20. “The name of a place.”
  21. “A number.”
  22. “Yes or no.”
  23. “State a time.”

When these have all been written down, the Fortune Teller proceeds to read out the list of questions he has, with the answers corresponding in number. Below is appended the list of questions, which, of course, must not be shown to the person whose fortune is being told until he or she has written the answers.

  1. Have you a lover?
  2. What is his or her name?
  3. How old is he or she?
  4. How long have you known him or her?
  5. Does he or she know you love him or her?
  6. Is your affection returned?
  7. Have you or has he proposed?
  8. What color is his or her hair?
  9. What color are his or her eyes?
  10. Is he or she handsome?
  11. Is he or she conceited?
  12. What shape is his or her nose?
  13. What size is his or her mouth? `
  14. What is his or her fortune?
  15. How much will he or she allow you?
  16. What is his or her chief virtue?
  17. What is his or her profession?
  18. Where did you Both meet?
  19. What is your rival’s name?
  20. Where do you intend to live?
  21. How many other proposals have you had, or made?
  22. Will the marriage be a happy one?
  23. When will you be married?

Games for All Occasions by Mary E. Blain