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Charades

A fun word guessing game.

Charades or charade is a word guessing game.

In the form most commonly played today, it is an acting game in which one player acts out a word or phrase, often by pantomiming similar-sounding words, and the other players guess the word or phrase. The idea is to use physical rather than verbal language to convey the meaning to another party.

Though less commonly heard with this meaning nowadays, the word "charade" was originally also used to indicate a riddle either in verse or prose, of which the listener must guess the meaning, often given syllable by syllable—see riddle. In France the word "charade" still refers to this kind of linguistic riddle.

Charades has been made into a television show in the form of the British "Give Us a Clue", and much more recently the 2005 debut of "Celebrity Charades" on the AMC television network in America. "Give Us a Clue" has also been parodied in "Sound Charades", played on the BBC Radio 4 panel game show "I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue": while in the original game players were not permitted the use of their mouths, resulting in much hilarity, this version differs in two ways.

Rules of the acted charade

The rules of the acted charades used vary widely and informally, but these rules, in some form, are common to most players:
*The players divide into two teams.
*Each player writes a phrase on a slip of paper to create the phrases to be guessed by the other team. In some circles, the phrases can be anything, while in others, the phrases "must" be a person, movie, or book.
*One team member is selected to be the pantomime, is provided with a randomly selected word or phrase in secret (usually on a slip of paper drawn from a container), and then has a limited period of time in which to convey this to his teammates.
*No sounds or lip movements are allowed. In some circles, even clapping is prohibited, while in others, the player may make any sound other than speaking or whistling a recognisable tune.
*Usually, any gesture is allowed other than blatantly spelling out the word, but some play that indicating anything about the "form" of the phrase is prohibited, even the number of words, so that only the "meaning" may be acted out.
*The teams alternate until each team member has had an opportunity to pantomime.

Since so many rules can vary, clarifying all the rules "before" the game begins can avoid problems later.


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