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Nerdy Wordy

Nerdy Wordy

Spring 2006 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Briarpatch
Price: $14.99
You don’t have to be a nerd to play this crossword challenge. But you do need to use your imagination and word-forming skill to win. The object is to construct as many 2-to-5-letter words as possible, including making words within words to score extra points. For example, the word “HEART” also scores points for the words he, hear, ear, and art. Two players each have a crossword tray containing 25 slots in a 5x5 grid, into which letter cubes fit, and a lift-up cover so neither can see the other’s moves. Players alternate in selecting and announcing one letter, which both must place wherever they wish in their own tray. When all the letters have been used, the game is over, and players score 5 points for each letter of each word formed horizontally or vertically. A 100-point bonus is earned by forming five connected 5-letter words around the perimeter of the crossword tray.

Although the box appears large, the word trays are only five inches square, and the snap-lock contains the letter cubes securely—ideal for travel.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2006 Parents' Choice

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