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 HANGMAN                                          New & used games, music, systems

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See if you can finish spelling the mystery word.

Hangman History (from: Wikipedia)

"The origins of Hangman are obscure, but it seems to have arisen in Victorian times," says Tony Augarde, author of "The Oxford Guide to Word Games" (Oxford University Press).

The game is mentioned in Alice Bertha Gomme's "Traditional Games" in 1894 under the name "Birds, Beasts and Fishes." The rules are simple; a player writes down the first and last letters of a word for an animal, and the other player guesses the letters in between.

In other sources the game is called "Gallows" or "The Game of Hanging".

It is typically a paper and pencil guessing game for two players. One player thinks of a word and the other tries to guess it by suggesting letters.

The word to guess is represented by a row of dashes, giving the number of letters. If the guessing player suggests a letter which occurs in the word, the other player writes it in all its correct positions. If the suggested letter does not occur in the word, the other player draws one element of the hangman diagram. The game is over when the guessing player completes the word (guesses the whole word correctly). or the other player completes the diagram. Some people object to the to the nature of the stick figure gallows drawing.

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