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Elton John Denver

A recent entry in Voz's monster blog reminded me of a game I like to call "Elton John Denver."  You create a chain of words, like this:

Elton John Denver Bronco Buster Keaton

Words can be split and can do double and triple duty:

Dog Day Afternoon Delight Railroad Warrior Princesspool Sharkskin Suitcaseload manager

  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Afternoon Delight
  • Light Rail
  • Railroad
  • Road Warrior
  • Warrior Princess
  • Cesspool
  • Pool Shark
  • Sharkskin Suit
  • Suitcase
  • Caseload
  • Caseload Manager
The idea is to keep going until you can't remember it all, like a cognitive domino tower.  On long car trips, it can get very surreal.  In order to avoid dead ends, fragment of words can be used, as in using the -ger at the end of manager becoming the beginning of, say Geritold you so say you betcha by golly Ollie Oxen Free Lunch Money Market.  (Figure it out yourself.)

It's best, of course, to play with another person, taking a turn on each extension of the word chain.  But if you're going out of your mind and you want to take it to the next level, go ahead and play by yourself.  Just don't say I didn't warn you.

Aside from Voz and my sister, does anyone else play this game?
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