Word Sweep

I’m older than I was a few days ago. (You are too.)

In commemoration of my aging, I received a new game: Word Sweep.

Word Sweep is a game for 2 to 4 players (or teams of players). A player is given a starting letter and the definitions of three words that appear consecutively in the dictionary. The player then attempts to identify the three words. If all three words are correctly identified, then a “sweep” is awarded, and the player is required to advance to more difficult words on the next turn. Points are awarded based on the difficulty of the words and how many were correctly identified. If any errors are made, then other players are allowed to try to “steal” the words and gain points themselves.

We’ve enjoyed two games with Matt and Bethany, and enjoyed a game last night with some other friends.

Here are the three definitions from one of the cards:

  1. of, relating to, or being the practice or art of training, cutting, and trimming trees or shrubs into odd or ornamental shapes
  2. a heading in an outlined argument or exposition; the subject of a discourse or of a section of a discourse
  3. of local or temporary interest

The definitions for these three words were given to another team, but they weren’t able to identify any of the words. (These words were from one of the “red” — or hardest — cards.) Lu and I correctly identified word 2 as “topic”, which lead us to “topical” as the next word.

This got us to:

  1. ?
  2. topic
  3. topical

Knowing that the first word immediately preceded “topic” in the dictionary, we were able to remember that “of, relating to, or being the practice or art of training, cutting, and trimming trees or shrubs into odd or ornamental shapes” was topiary. Thus, our answer (and the sweep) was:

  1. topiary
  2. topic
  3. topical

If you enjoy words and friendly competition, then you’ll enjoy Word Sweep.

1 comment on this post.

  1. Jed:

    Heh heh, yes that was an embarrassing defeat for the McClurg brothers. But beware, I am reading the dictionary in preparation for a rematch.

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