A word finding game for two or more players. Can be played by writing as well as by speaking.
The game is invented in 1880 by the English writer and mathematician
Lewis Carroll, who is best known for his book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He called the game ‘Mischmasch’. According to Tony Augarde, Carroll has introduced the game
to many of his child-friends and even played it in his exchange of letters with others for many years.
The gameplay is straightforward. One of the players proposes a ‘nucleus’ which is a set of two or more letters. Other players try to find words containing the nucleus. Proper names are not
For a warm-up, here is a nucleus: EMO. Who can come up with three words containing EMO? What about five?