Car Game

I invented an awesome car game!

Name: Person, Place and Thing
Recommended number of players: Any number that is not divisible by three
Game structure: Letter shift
(Letter shift is a classic car game structure that uses the last letter of a word for the start of the next. This game plays off that general concept, but with a unique twist.)

Game play: Players alternate naming a person, a place and a thing. The last two letters of the previous provided answer must appear in sequence anywhere within the following word.

The following string of words would be acceptable:

Person: Mick Jagger
(letters to use: er)
Place: Nigeria
(letters to use: ia)
Thing: Kia Sorento
Person: Tom Waits
Place: Botswana
Thing: Sonata

The two letters are allowed to span a space between words.
As with nearly any letter shift game, repeated words are not allowed.

For the more advanced game the group must work together to try and use all the of the letters of the alphabet at least once as the shifted letters. What makes this extra fun is that the easiest words with which to generate crazy letters are the Things. Unfortunately, this will leave the individual who has to come up with a Person’s name (the hardest of the bunch) with the most challenging letters.

Jen and I tried this over the weekend. In a 45 minute drive we could not complete the alphabet. We also had a few stump words, specifically names with J’s: LL Cool J. and Robert Downy Jr.

Can anyone think of places with an LJ and JR sequence?

6 thoughts on “Car Game

  • 6/3/2014 at 1:02 pm

    Ljubljana, Slovenia. (geography nerd, obviously)

    It’s got TWO lj pairs!

  • 6/3/2014 at 1:37 pm

    Also: Cruj, Romania.

    It’s a bit of a stretch word-wise, but it is the 2nd largest city in the country.

    • 6/3/2014 at 1:41 pm

      Not a stretch at all, this totally obeys the rules.

      • 6/3/2014 at 3:29 pm

        Many cities (including Seattle) have a Martin Luther King, Jr street/avenue/boulevard.

        And there are a lot of Carl’s Jr. restaurants, that are places. But those are both proper nouns, so I don’t think I’d count those.


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