Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Merriam-Webster's Word Sweep

Merriam-Webster's Word Sweep

Fall 2006 Games
Ages: 10 & Up
Price: $29.95
Unlike most word games, this deals more with the meaning of words than their spelling. The object of the game is to guess three words that appear consecutively in a Merriam-Webster dictionary (any version) after hearing the definitions of the three words and their initial letter as read from a card. After the 40-second sand timer runs out, opponents get a chance to guess any words the player may have missed. The cards are divided into three decks: everyday words, intermediate words, and challenging words. But even though the “everyday” words are simple, the definitions may not be; definitions are frequently one of the more obscure ones at the end of the list.

Players may select which deck they want at the start of each turn. The number of correct answers determines the number of spaces to move ahead on the game board. Word-lovers with good vocabularies enjoyed the discussions provoked by some of the answers.

Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2006 Parents' Choice

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