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X is for Xanadu, and something Xtra

Posted: 28 Apr 2017 12:00 AM PDT

X definitely is one that almost stumped me.. and I decided to cheat just a little... :) a little repetition is what makes up X - so
X is for Xanadu - in this case, it stands for Mandrake the magician's high-tech mansion somewhere in New York state!! (and why is it a repetition - Mandrake is featured in Indrajal Comics which is how I got to know and love him!);
Image attribution: http://dara-indrajal.blogspot.com

and the something Xtra - well, a visit to another letter you have not visited - maybe a random one, and the links are below:
W is for........Word Games....
V is for Vicco (Turmeric Skin Cream)
U is for Upanayanam, for Urga where you can have a glimpse at a family event which is a treasured memory now,
T is for the Taj Mahal  - awe-inspiring...
and the rest too: (every line has a link to it's post)
Theme_1 - my A to Z theme..
Singing songs for for Antakshari for my A post, 
I took a barfi break at Bangalore at B, 
while there, I stopped by with C  for card games and carrom
and then off to D for Delhi, and for desserts back south to Dharwad city,
needed more for my sweet tooth and the Eclairs did help,
while the Five Star completely satisfied it, 
and if you need more dessert, then get some Gadbad, and stop by for a grand Golu,
then catch up with me on my reading with my Day9 post
or play a while - play some Housie,
I will bring you back to X with a post on Indrajal
which you can read with some fruit or dessert at J for Jamun
and burn those calories consumed with all those desserts - play some Kho-Kho or
play some Lagori 
and if you need some energy, have some mmmmMango,
then it was Day16 
and time to write on paper - then you can use some Natraj pencils
O will hopefully have you humming old tunes....
all that singing may make you hungry for some Parle-G biscuits 
while Q will take you quizzing
and then off to R for some refreshing Roohafza after taxing the brain at Q
S provides some laughs with silly Suppandi, and ready to play some games too
while Day23 means catch up with reading challenges
and T took me to ... well, you know that already, the Taj!!


Q to the reader:


Signing off on Day 28 and the letter X as I continue on the #AtoZChallenge  and #UltimateBloggingChallenge
My #AtoZ2017Posts and #UBCPosts: 
My #AtoZ2017Posts and #UBCPosts:   Theme_1 A3 B4 C5 D6 E7 F8 G9  Day9 H10 I11 J12 K13 L14 M15 Day16 N17 O18 P19 Q20 R21 S22  Day23 T24  OneMore U25 V26 W27 X28 Y29 Z30

W is for........Word Games....

Posted: 27 Apr 2017 10:34 PM PDT


W is for a childhood word game we played as kids - a game called 'Name Place Animal Thing'.  This game kept us occupied for many a hot summer afternoon, or those rainy days when we could not step outside to play.

So, here is how we played the game.
What we need: 
Two or more players (the more the merrier!)
Each player needs one empty sheet of paper to write on, one pen/pencil.
On the paper, have five columns marked out as 'Name', 'Place', 'Animal', 'Thing', and most important, the 'points'!
Player 1




Name
Place
Animal
Thing
Points

How to Play:
  1. Players take turns being the caller and the reciter. 
  2. The caller calls out 'Start' and the reciter 'recites' the alphabet, albeit silently in his/her mind, until the caller says 'Stop' after a few seconds. The letter that the reciter stopped at is the letter for the first round of the game. 
  3. Now, the actual game starts. Players can choose to use a timer or can choose to have the first player who finishes the round time everyone else for a countdown of say, ten!! The second option is definitely more challenging and fun... 
  4. Each player now writes down a name (proper nouns only - name of a person - say, Peter), place (proper nouns only - any geographical location with a name - eg: cities , countries, states, continents, lakes, etc, or make it more or less restrictive, say - Paris), animal (name of an animal, bird, insect..., say - parrot..), and a thing (any item -say - pen) starting with the letter the reciter called out - silently, on their sheet.
  5. Once the time for the round is over (either the timer or the first player who has written down all four counts down from ten), the players put down their sheets so they can all see their responses. 
  6. For correct and unique responses, players are awarded 10 points each; for responses common with others' responses, each player with the common response gets 5 points for that response; for incorrect (eg: the place or the animal does not exist) or no responses, it is 0 points. Players total up their scores for the round 
  7. It is now time for the next caller to call out 'Start' for the next reciter...  and the game continues, until.. well, it can go on as long as you choose.. and even repeat the letters once you have gone through all (but remember, repeated responses the second time around means only 5 points each!!). 
Here is something to help you get a better 'picture' of the game :)

Player 1




Name
Place
Animal
Thing
Points
Peter
Paris
Pig
Pen
30
10
10
5
5

Player 2




Name
Place
Animal
Thing
Points
Partha
Pondicherry
Peacock
Pen
35
10
10
10
5

Player 3




Name
Place
Animal
Thing
Points
Prince
P…
Pig
Pasta
25
10
0
5
10

 

How does it fit into my theme?  - which is - Favorite Childhood Memories, be it games or books or food or movies or just random somethings - with one additional twist - these are memories I would like to build for the future as well - with my kids!
As a child, I played with friend and family as it is originally played, with paper and pen/pencil. This is already a part of making memories with my kids, with a twist - we have normally played it on road trips - which means, we are not writing on paper while in the car. But we just call out the name, place, animal, and thing by taking turns; trying not to repeat what the others have already said; and do not keep score - but it is still fun...
Q to the reader: Have you heard of or played this game? Do you think you will play it?


Signing off on Day 27 and the letter W as I continue on the #AtoZChallenge  and #UltimateBloggingChallenge
My #AtoZ2017Posts and #UBCPosts: 
My #AtoZ2017Posts and #UBCPosts:   Theme_1 A3 B4 C5 D6 E7 F8 G9  Day9 H10 I11 J12 K13 L14 M15 Day16 N17 O18 P19 Q20 R21 S22  Day23 T24  OneMore U25 V26 W27 X28 Y29 Z30
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