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A word game or word puzzle can be of several different types: This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... An example of a simple jigsaw puzzle. ...



Letter arrangement games

The goal is to form words out of given letters.


The Embossing Company Anagrams Set Anagrams is a board game composed of Scrabble-like letter tiles. ... This article refers to the actor/producer/director. ... Typical game contents and scoring example. ... Scrabble is a popular word game and board game in which 2-4 players score points by forming words from individual lettered tiles on a 15×15 game board. ... Alpha Blitz is a word game designed by Mike Selinker and published by Wizards of the Coast. ... A finished Upwords game. ... Ghost is a word game in which players take turns adding letters to a growing word fragment, and trying not to be the one to complete an English word. ... Scribbage is a classic word game played using dice. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Yahoo! Games. ... Eulers Day Off is a letter rearrangement word game. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: non notable game If you can address this concern by improving, copyediting, sourcing, renaming or merging the page, please edit this page and do so. ...

Paper and pencil games/puzzles


An acrostic (from the late Greek akróstichon, from ákros, extreme, and stíchos, verse) is a poem or other text written in an alphabetic script, in which the first letter, syllable or word of each verse, paragraph or other recurring feature in the text spells out another message. ... Crossword Puzzle was the second to last album made by The Partridge Family, and was not one of the most popular albums. ... A cryptogram is a short piece of text encrypted with a simple substitution cipher in which each letter is replaced by a different letter. ... Hangman is a paper and pencil guessing game for two players. ... Jotto (or Giotto) is a word game invented in 1955 by Morton M. Rosenfeld. ... A word search, word seek or word sleuth puzzle is a generic word game that consists of seemingly random letters arranged in a square or rectangular grid. ...

Structured games

Games focusing on the semantics of words. In the main, semantics (from the Greek and in greek letters σημαντικός or in latin letters semantikós, or significant meaning, derived from sema, sign) is the study of meaning, in some sense of that term. ...


Categories is a word game in which players think of words that begin with specified letters and belong to specified semantic categories. ... Charades or charade is a word guessing game. ... Fictionary, also known as the Dictionary Game, is a word game in which players guess the definition of an obscure word. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... LINQ is a word-based card game from Endless Games, introduced at the American International Toy Fair in 2005. ... Taboo is a word guessing party game commercially available from Hasbro. ... Scattergories is a fast-thinking category-based party game produced by Hasbro through the Milton Bradley Company. ...

Linguistic recreations

Games based around words and letters.

Others include: An anagram (Greek ana- = back or again, and graphein = to write) is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce other words, using all the original letters exactly once. ... Constrained writing is a literary technique in which the writer is bound by some condition that forbids certain things or imposes a pattern. ... A ditloid is a type of word puzzle, in which a phrase or quote must be deduced from the numbers and abbreviated letters in the clue. ... The -Gry Puzzle is a popular puzzle that asks for the third English word, other than angry and hungry, that ends with the letters gry. ... Kangaroo words are words which carry their own baby words with the same meanings. ... A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or other sequence of units (such as a strand of DNA) that has the property of reading the same in either direction (the adjustment of punctuation and spaces between words is generally permitted). ... A pangram (Greek: pan gramma, every letter), or holoalphabetic sentence, is a sentence which uses every letter of the alphabet at least once. ... A spoonerism is a play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis), named after the Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930), Warden of New College, Oxford, who was notoriously prone to this tendency. ... Kaladont is a Croatian word game. ... A letter bank is a type of anagram where all the letters of one word (the bank) can be used as many times as desired (minimum of once each) to make a new word or phrase. ... A lipogram (from Greek lipagrammatos, missing letter) is a kind of writing with constraints or word game consisting of writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is missing, usually a common vowel, the most common in English being e (McArthur, 1992). ... The Man Who Melted Jack Dann is the name of a word game inspired by Jack Danns book The Man Who Melted (1984). ... Shiritori (しりとり) is a Japanese word game in which the players are required to say a word which begins with the final kana of the previous word. ... Word golf is a game in which one word is turned into another through a process of substituting single letters. ... Word Sandwich is an online word game written by Robert McKee in which the player must guess the mystery five letter word based on where it stands alphabetically against the players guesses. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

See word play for literary works in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. See language game for a linguistic variant. A rebus (Latin: by things) is a kind of word puzzle which uses pictures to represent words or parts of words, for example: H + picture of ear = Hear, or Here. ... Verbal arithmetic, also known as cryptarithmetic, crypt-arithmetic, or cryptarithm, is a type of mathematical game consisting of a mathematical equation among unknown numbers, whose digits are represented by letters. ... An animation of a rotationally symmetric ambigram for the word ambigram A mirror-image ambigram for the word Wiki A rotational ambigram for the word Wikipedia A 3-Dimensional ambigram of the letters A, B and C. An ambigram, also sometimes known as an inversion, is a graphical figure that... Word play is a literary technique in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work. ... A language-game is a philosophical term of art developed by Ludwig Wittgenstein, referring to simple examples of language use and the actions into which the language is woven. ... Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. ...


See also


This is a partial list of puzzle-based computer games and video games, sorted by general category. ... An example of a simple jigsaw puzzle. ... Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics is the journal of record for logologists. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Forum Games are a variation of play by mail games or thread games within a particular forum. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
Word game - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (113 words)
Anagrams -- both a simple game of rearranging letters and a linguistic recreation of making anagrams that seem to illuminate something about the original word, such as dog for god.
Structured games, focussing on the semantics of words:
See word play for literary works in which the nature of the words used themselves become part of the subject of the work.
Word Wizard word game (430 words)
Word Wizard is the ultimate word challenge with enough depth and variety of play to keep you entertained, literally, for a lifetime.
A great game for anyone who loves word games and a fantastic game even for those who never knew that they loved word games.
One thing this game has is a dictionary with over 40,000 words, which should keep you guessing for quite a while.
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