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Free Word Puzzle Games

Updated on October 17, 2014
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Why and When to Play

  • Children and adults can pass the time having tons of fun along the way.
  • These games are fun to play while traveling long distances in a car, on a plane, train, or even on a boat.
  • Fun to play on a rainy or stormy day.
  • Play while you're somewhere waiting to pass away the time quickly.
  • Play in a group, with another person or by yourself.
  • Playing in school classrooms is always a nice break from the everyday routine.

Word Puzzle Games

Word and word puzzle games for me have always been so much fun. Remembering way back, when in school and the teacher would say we were going to play a word game, it would make me so happy. I'd grab my pencils and make sure that they were sharpened and ready to go.

I'm not talking about word games that you play on the computer or board word games; I'm talking about word games that do not cost anything except a writing utensil, a piece of paper, or simply a verbal game.

Picture Example of how to Play Lining up Words

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First wordSecond wordThird wordCompleted word puzzle. Across words: Rat, Era, Bet.Then the words going down Reb, Are, and Tat.
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Third word
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Completed word puzzle. Across words: Rat, Era, Bet.Then the words going down Reb, Are, and Tat.
Completed word puzzle. Across words: Rat, Era, Bet.Then the words going down Reb, Are, and Tat.

Lining up Words

One of my favorite word puzzle games to play is what I call "Lining up Words". This game can be played alone or with another person. All you need for this is a piece of paper, a pencil, pen or a crayon.

To start you will need to decide how many letters each word will have. For instance in the puzzle I have to the right, I've chosen 3 letter words.

Next pick a word you want to start with such as RAT. Write it across the top of the page.

From the word RAT, you have to write a three letter word down. So from rat, I chose the word REB.

ERA was my next word, and then BET.

The main object is to have all six words (in this particular puzzle) going across and down that are actual words.



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Hangman

Hangman is a fun game that has been played and enjoyed since the Victorian days. It has had several names but the basic way of playing is the same.

The object of Hangman is to guess the word before the man or woman is drawn and hanged.

One player picks a word and draws dashes on a piece of paper to signify letters. Some people play the game by drawing the gallows first, while others use the gallows sticks as part of the game giving their opponent more chances for guessing more letters. When the player who is guessing the word, guesses a correct letter it is placed in its spot on the dashes. When he or she is wrong, a body part or part of the gallows is drawn.

The television show "Wheel of Fortune" is based on the game of Hangman.


Variations of Hangman

Hangman doesn't have to be one word. Make it a challenge and use sayings, rock bands, song titles, and quotes.

If your child has to remember all the US states this would be a fun way to get him or her to remember not only all the states but how to spell them as well.

Should your child be struggling with a foreign language that they're trying to learn you could incorporate the game of Hangman into study time.

Benefits to Playing Word and Word Puzzle Games

  • Builds your vocabulary
  • Improves spelling skills
  • Great for thinking skills
  • Improves brain function
  • Helps to better concentration
  • Improves language skills
  • Wonderful for social skills
  • Helps to stave off dementia


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Farmer Brown's Cat - Verbal Word Game

This is an alphabet game that I would play with my children on long car rides.

The object of this game is to get through the entire alphabet using each letter as you go as well as repeating all the words that were previously used by each game player.

It would go something like this:

First Player: Farmer Brown's cat is an awesome cat.

Second Player: Farmer Brown's cat is an awesome brown cat.

Third Player: Farmer Brown's cat is an awesome, brown, courageous cat.

Fourth Player; Farmer Brown's cat is an awesome, brown, courageous, domesticated cat.

So on and so forth until you've gone through the entire alphabet.

There are many variations and ways to play this game. You can stay on the letter A until no one can come up with another A word and then continue on down through the alphabet.

Crossword Puzzles

Do you like to do crossword puzzles? I recently found a site where you can download for free a template to design your very own crossword puzzle. I was thinking that this would be a lot of fun and could be geared to say family events. All the clues could be about family members such as: Town where Grandma Smith was born or church where mom and dad got married. You could photocopy the main crossword puzzle and have a crossword family night. The first person to get all the words properly filled in would get a prize or maybe not have to do dishes for a week. To download the free crossword blank puzzles follow this link.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Suzanne, That would be a fun game too, Word Tennis. May have to try this one on my next long car ride.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      I haven't heard of the Farmers Brown Cat game, though we used to play word tennis, where you say a word and the next person says a word beginning with the last letter of the first word (eg lemon, night, tangerine...) Voted interesting!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Dianna!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love word games and make great use of them when teaching college students, especially in critical thinking warm-ups. Excellent suggestions and examples. Voted up++

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Word games are great :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Word games are fun. :)

      I love this compilation because these are games that I sometimes play with my students - in Spanish. :)

      Hugs!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Audrey, Always so nice to see you!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      DzyMsLizzy, If you mean the lining up words one, I made that one up myself one day when I had nothing to do :)

      I'm going on a trip sounds like great fun! I'll have to try that one the next time I take a long road trip.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You know I had to look at this one Susan!!

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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Oh, I like this! You've given a couple of great examples here. Hangman is fun and can be challenging; the crossword-type example you gave is new to me..but I like it!

      I grew up playing word games with my mom. The verbal ones you play in the car are also great memory-aides.

      We'd play, "I'm going on a trip." Player one begins, "I'm going on a trip, and I'm going to take an ape." Player two continues, "I'm going on a trip, and I'm going to take an ape and a banana." Each successive player (or back and forth for only 2 players) must add a new item plus recall all of the prior items mentioned. By the time you get through the alphabet...there are some pretty hilarious choices. I wouldn't want to actually have to haul that luggage! (First player to miss a previous item is out, or game over for 2 players.)

      Fun, fun, fun....that was but one of many we played.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      vertualit, Thanks so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your Cousins, I've had so much fun playing all of these games with my children. They sure help to pass the time during long, long car rides too. Thanks so much for reading and for your comments.

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      Abdus Salam 3 years ago from Bangladesh

      useful and lovely posting :)

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      Your Cousins 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love playing word games and I will definitely give your Farmer Brown's Cat - Verbal Word Game a spin. We have played a similar game using nouns. It's fun to play games that not only promote personal interaction, but also create quality family time.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Audra, Sounds like a great idea. I'll have to maybe look into this. Thanks!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Wondering if you could do something to sell your game...pretty cool! Good packaging cool paper and a unique writing utensil.../ I love your game!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Mary, I love word games and still find time to play scrabble and Words with Friends throughout the day. Whenever I need a break from writing I find the games very relaxing.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Audra, Thanks, so glad you liked it. Lining up Words I made up myself :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I too, love word games but it seems since I found HP I have no time for other word games...this IS my word games :)

      Voted up and interesting.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Susan, what a fun hub!!! I like your jolly hangman guy in your photo...very funny...giggle. I like your game, " Lining up Words"...never played that one! That would be a cool game to do while we are camping and nothing really to carry other than a pen and paper!

      Voting up and shared!!!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      idigwebsites, Nice to meet you and thanks so much. I play Scrabble and Words with Friends on Facebook too :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GoodLady, Happy that I've brought back nice memories for you, and thank you for the votes and all.

      RTalloni, Thank you so much.

      Judi, I loved playing word games at school, especially the one where the teacher would put a really long word on the board and then we'd have to see how many smaller words we could come up with.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dan, I miss those long drives when my boys were younger as we used to have so much fun playing word games. Patiently awaiting grandchildren :)

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      On Facebook, I don't play much games except the word games -- Scrabble, Hangman, Words With Friends. Crossword puzzles are really engrossing, online, mobile or on the good ol' newspaper. I don't know much about the farmer brown's cat game so thanks for introducing that to me. Up, and interesting. :)

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      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      Will use some with the kids at school :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      There are so many reasons that it is important for parents and teachers to provide these simple word games to children and to play with them. They teach creative resourcefulness, they get them thinking outside the technology box, they provide opportunity for conversations that teach important concepts about living, and more. Glad to see this post!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Oh you made me remember so many hours of playing those games, especially when we were all ill in bed with tonsillitis. In those days you'd be in bed for weeks and it was so fun with those games. Nice memory thanks.

      Voting and also pinning and also tweet.

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      Dan Harmon 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Neat! We're just planning vacation this year - what could be better than word games during the long drive?

      I particularly like the crossword idea, too, as something to do in camp. Family history, names, locations, etc. could be lots of fun.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you acaetnna, glad you liked the hub.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      A great hub. As a school teacher I am always hunting for new ideas or being reminded of ideas I once used. Thank you for this Susan.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Brenda, I'll play :)

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Hi Susan. Word games increase our mental abilities. Our society ha gotten away from them because of computer and video games I think. We love them though here at home. Thanks for making me want to play one right now. Hangman anyone?

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Glimmer Twin, Thanks, so glad you liked it.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Audra, Thank you, so glad you liked the hub.

      Tina, Word games are a great way to kick back and relax. Nice to see you and thanks.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Voted up and what a fun hub! I love word games and hangman is still the perfect time killer with my daughter when waiting at the doctor's office or a restaurant.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Prasetio, Thank you, so glad that you liked the hub.

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      I love word games and find them very relaxing. It is good to focus on a word game and let the brain relax from all the daily noise around us. Crossword puzzles is a favorite of mine but I will try the hangman and the first one you wrote about also.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Paula, Word games are great for keeping you thinking and occupied. I had forgotten about the game of making words from one word. Love that one too. Glad you liked the hub and thanks/

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Melovy, There are so many word games that I do enjoy and nice to know that you and your family liked them too. Thanks for the tweet :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Deepak, Thank you :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      GoodLady, An old farmhouse in England sitting by a log fire .... what a great place that sounds like to be at Christmastime with family. Thanks so much for sharing, voting and pinning. I know you're going to have a lovely Christmas.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Ooh, ooh, we love games! Like how you listed several of them! I also like how you paired games with your childhood!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      acaetnna, Thanks for stopping by, always so nice to see you.

      Ruby, From on hubaholic to another I know what you mean :)

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub and I learn many things about word puzzle games from you. Good job, Susan. Voted up!

      Best wishes, Prasetio

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Susan...I DO love word games. Play them all the time. My favorite is cryptograms. I can play for hours, if I'm sick, in bed. Keeps me occupied and thinking.

      My coffee and crossword puzzle in the morning paper, is a ritual.....& there's a cryptogram and a scrambled word puzzle, plus......making as many as words as possible form a single word......After so long, doing these puzzles, they get so easy, I'm done with them over one cup of coffee! Fun hub........UP+++

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you Chris!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lipnancy, Yes we sure do. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment. Always appreciated.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      As I was reading this my younger daughter came in, said, "Ooh, Hangman!" Then she sat on my lap and worked out the answer to the quiz. We like word games in our house, as you may have spotted.

      Fun hub, tweeted it.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cardisa, Word games are great to get the old brain a ticking and fun to pass the time.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice hub. I liked it very much.Thanks to share.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks. This is just wonderful. I'm pinning it so i don't lose it when it's time to have a word game like Hangman (which I love and had forgotten all about) when I go back home and visit with all my nieces and nephews this Christmas. We'll be at my sisters house which is a 15th centenary farmhouse in England with massive log fires. Oh can you imagine how fun? Pinned, shared, voted, FB and tweeted this one. I know lots of people who will get a lot out of your Hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      PaisleeGal, Word finds are fun. I like to read the license plate now just to figure out what they say. The new ones like BRN2Run (Born to Run). Harder to do while I'm driving though :) I sing M i ssi ssi ppi all they time too. I've been married for almost 25 years and still have think about how to spell my last name :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      drbj, Gangsta Brown's Escalade .... LOL too funny!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was a fun hub. I love word games, esp. crossword puzzles, but who has time any more. HELP..Hubpages has taken over my life..Lol. Thank's..

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Thanks this is great, word puzzles are so great for the mind and such entertainment.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      BSloan, The restaurants like Montana's that put the paper on the table are great for playing Hangman.

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      Christy 4 years ago

      Awesome hub Sue!

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I have always loved word games and puzzles. I think most of us like to get away from the computer once in a while and stimulate our mind.

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      Carolee Samuda 4 years ago from Jamaica

      My favorite word game is crossword puzzles but I love hangman as well. The first game you have is very interesting and seems to also helps to stimulate the brain. I have to try it next time I need something to do. Thanks.

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      Pat Materna 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      Great article! Word games are great!! Don't much care for crossword puzzles. But do like word finds. Have the books all over the house. Have always had fun with them! On long trips it's fun to find lic plates from all the states. And we used to an alphabet game on trips too. First to get through the alphabet by finding the letters on road signs. I had a teacher that had little tunes that helped us spell long difficult words. To this day (and I'm 62) whenever I spell Pennsylvania or Mississippi I have to sing it.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      RH, I play scrabble and words with friends throughout the day on FB. We should play!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I enjoy all kinds of word games, Susan, and Hangman and Farmer Brown's Cat are among my favorites. But I grew up in an urban environment so the second game was called Gangsta Brown's Escalade. Different name, same rationale.

      Crosswords are a favorite, too, a great way to keep the brain cells from bailing out.

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      Pat Materna 4 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      Love word games... thanks for this Hub .. gotta go watch Wheel of Fortune .. did not know it was a form of Hangman.. Thanks for the ideas.

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      BSloan 4 years ago

      I love hangman, we play it often when we're at restaurants waiting for our meal. Thanks for the Hub.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      BB, Word games are the best. Thanks for reading and for commenting.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi Susan, Farmer Brown's Cat could be called anything at all, like maybe Mrs. Holland Dog :) Glad you liked the hub and thanks so much!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Frank!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love word games and wish I had more time to play them. I'm goofing all day today...I should be working:). Lol

      I love word searches, crosswords and have you tried words with friends? That is so fun and we could play each other on that!

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      Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I absolutely adore word games! I've taught my kids several, and they're great to pass the time on a medium-length car trip.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I love word games!! I have played all of these, though I didn't know the one was called "Farmer Brown's Cat." It makes learning new words fun. We have often accused my husband of making up words, but we always found them in the dictionary - - the smarty pants! LOL

      Thanks for the crossword link. I may use that for my classes. :-)

      This is a fun hub! Votes and shares!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      a very good idea for those weary travelers justasksusan.. I enjoy word games voted useful :)

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