In the car last night, about 20 minutes from home, we played a Pebbles Stone version of Twenty Questions. Which means the rules were mangled beyond recognition. This was the weirdest one yet.
Pebbles: This is gonna be the Alphabet Game. I’ll think of something that starts with a letter from the actual alphabet.
NOTE: Pebbles really, really likes the word ‘actual.’ And what the heck other alphabet can we choose from?
She’s also forever been wanting to give us hints when we’re the guessers.
Pebbles: I’ll tell you the letter it starts with. Then I’m gonna give you three hints. Then you each get three guesses.
Pebbles: If you don’t guess the word I’ll give you three more hints.
Me: And we get three more guesses?
Pebbles: NOOO!!! (Like we were supposed to know.) You get two more guesses!
Me: Why not three, like the first time?
Pebbles: How about unlimited guesses?
Me: Um. That…doesn’t…sound…
Pebbles: Okay. Would you rather have three hints and three guesses or one hint and unlimited guesses?
The Rock: What? One hint? Unlimited guesses? We could be guessing all night!
Pebbles: Okay. I’ll tell you the letter the word starts with, then I’ll give you two more hints and…
Me: Wait. What’s this “two more hints” mean? Are you saying that telling us the beginning letter is a hint?
Pebbles: Yes. And then you get two more hints and three guesses.
Me: The beginning letter is not a hint. This is the Alphabet Game. Remember?
Pebbles: Yeah. And the first letter is a hint. You couldn’t guess the word if you didn’t know the first letter.
Me – accepting that resistance is futile: Okay. And then we get how many guesses?
Pebbles: How many do you want?
Me: How many do we….? Never mind. How about three?
Pebbles: How about six?
Me: Six?! Why do you keep changing it?
Pebbles: Okay. How about unlimited?
Me: Didn’t we already explain that one?
Pebbles: Okay. You each get one guess.
The Rock: One guess? And if we don’t guess it…..
Pebbles: I get another turn. Wait. I’ll give you the first letter, then two hints. Then mommy can make a guess, then daddy can make a guess, then mommy can guess, then daddy, then mommy again and then daddy.
Me: So we’re back to three guesses each.
Pebbles: Yeah. But you have to take turns.
Me: And what happens if neither of us guesses the word?
Pebbles: I get to go again.
The Rock: Well, if we don’t get started soon, we’ll be home before you finish making up the rules.
See why I love this man so much? Always the voice of reason and practicality in our crazy, convoluted world.
Me: Okay. Let’s do this.
Pebbles: I’m thinking of something that starts with…..Wait. If no one guesses the word, I get to go again. But if I want to, I can pass my turn off to someone else.
Fine. Whatever. Let’s just freakin’ PLAY THE GAME!
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