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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Apples to Apples

Hi Ms. Amy.....here is what the game looks like and the "rules" and explanation are below!!! Miss you too!!!A must have for all....Each player is dealt seven "red apple" cards; on each is printed a noun or noun phrase (such as "Madonna", "Canada", "The Spanish Inquisition", etc.).

The judge must decide which of the submitted red apple cards best matches the concept named on the green apple card.
The judge (a chosen player) draws a "green apple" card on which is printed an adjective ("scary", "frightening", "patriotic", etc.), and places it face-up on the table. From amongst their red-apple cards, each player (except the judge) chooses a card they think is the best match for the green apple card, and places it face-down. The judge shuffles the red apple cards, reads them (often aloud), and decides which noun is the best match for the adjective. The player who submitted that red apple card wins the round, and takes the green apple card to signify the win. All players then draw red cards until they have seven again, and the office of "judge" may pass to another person (generally going to the next player in line, though some rules have the round's winner becoming "judge").
The judge's decision is completely subjective; the official rules encourage the judge to pick the match that is "most creative, humorous or interesting". Some might think it humorous if Helen Keller is played for senseless or touchy-feely, and might give that player the point. However, what is funny and what is not is a subjective matter, and judges therefore might not give a player a point for a card that is, for them, not amusing, but simply untrue (eg. Carl Sagan for "delicious"). Cards that start with "My" apply to the judge: a card reading "My 16th Birthday" would be based on the judge's sixteenth birthday, rather than the birthday of the person who played the card (who, in any case, should be anonymous).
The winner can be decided in two ways. In the official rules, the winner is the first player to accumulate a pre-designated number of green-apple cards; the more players, the lower the recommended total. However, many people play until they feel like stopping, in which case, the person with the most green-apple card wins.
"The Game of Hilarious Comparisons!"

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