Game Scattergories

Played 20091230 N,F,T. List 16. Josh Kevin Michael Me. I won.
Played several times.
Played 20110106 R,O,C. List 1. Josh (8,9,7) RyanH (5,3,9) Steve (8,7,9) Chris (8,8,9) Me (5,7,9). Chris won.
Played 20110106 G,A,H. List 2. Josh (7,8,5) RyanH (6,5,6) Steve (7,8,8) Chris (9,10,7) Me (7,5,4). Chris won.

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Scattergories page @ here

[20100101 4:40 AM]
Things that are underground. Nitrogen?
What is a famous saying? We decided not all quotes can be sayings. Using, a saying is something said, esp. a proverb or apothegm. Definition of a proverb is a short popular saying, usually of unknown and ancient origin, that expresses effectively some commonplace truth or useful thought; adage; saw. An adage is a traditional saying expressing a common experience or observation; proverb. Effectively, we agreed in particular that "never say never" and "third times a charm" are famous sayings. "Fore!" and "Timber!" are not famous sayings. There was argument over how famous the following is, "There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Apparently there is a wikipedia article for it:,_damned_lies,_and_statistics. Since it lost the majority vote, 2 against 1.5, it lead me to win. But had it counted, Michael would have tied. Question: Would it have counted for three points if the letter was an L? Oh right, we were playing under Josh's variation of the rules, where you get a point for each time the letter is used... Though at the beginning I didn't like these rules and only wanted one point each. I might have lost the game under the one point each rule (though not necessarily), but I still would have preferred it that way.

We played two games of Scattergories today.

First we played: Boy's name, U.S. city, cold, not in house, sports team, insect, coffee bar, mix, television show, things in ocean, weather, kid's don't like to eat. I discovered this is List 1.

The majority rules that a sports team name includes the city. Wikipedia articles certainly include it, so it was a sound ruling.

For a coffee bar, we considered that most coffee bars have a food section, and therefore would have reason to have (cooking) oil and candy.

Lol, Ryan didn't get rancid as a type of weather. I don't remember what I voted, but I recall I was thinking, yes, this is a type of weather. People do use rancid to describe a type of weather.

As a reminder, answers must be things that are true in general. So you can't put "candy" for "foods kid's don't like to eat."

Words I lost due to overlap: Rochester, Rockets, Odor, Cats, Coral.

The second game was much harder for me.

Oh, apparently the game has different printings. The List 2 in Josh's game is famous females, medicine/drugs, machines, hobbies, acronyms, things you plug in, animals, languages, things you grab on your way out the door, junk food, things that grow, things found in a arcade.

We took drugs to include illegal drugs.

Steve lost "abacus" for machine. At the time I looked up the primary definition of machine and an "abacus" didn't fall under that definition. Though looking the definition up, there can be definitions of machine under which one might consider including an "abacus." We accepted Josh's answer of "adding machine." I would conclude that "abacus" should be an acceptable answer.

For the category "languages," I argued that the category "types of languages" is distinct from the category "languages." But the vote approved Josh's answer of "Germanic languages."

Haha, Ryan pointed out Josh's answer of "hair" would generally not be grabbed on your way out the door, because you would take the time to fix your toupee long before you step out the door.

I learned that most types of cereal are considered junk food, because of all the sugar they contain.

Words I lost due to overlap: Aardvark, Arabic, Hash, Horse, Hungarian, House Keys.


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