Other Invented Word Games for Couples

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Wordle, this year’s addictive five-letter puzzle phenomenon. . . was first given as a gift to [Josh] Wardle’s partner Palak Shah and was originally to be shared only between them. —new York To post

Who is it again?

Pick an actor whose name you can’t remember and ask your partner to guess who you’re thinking of. Throughout the day, offer vague clues, such as “he did the voiceover in a car ad ten years ago” and “she was in the new movie ‘Matrix’ but didn’t get a role speaking.”

Synonym board

Take a word your loved one overuses, like “literally” or “epic,” and think of alternatives. During dinner, try to get your partner to change their vocabulary or at least use the word “ironic” in the right context.

Shopping list

Make a list of the groceries you need. Once your partner has unpacked the bags, circle the items on the list that they forgot to get. Plan meals for the week that you could have made if only they had remembered the bouillon cubes.

Code crackers

Install an alarm system for your home, then immediately forget what the security code is. Take turns guessing four-digit numbers until the pulsing screams subside or the firefighters show up.

Name-Up

Write a common name for a person. Ask your partner to change or add at least three letters to make the name unpronounceable. A great baby name generator for couples!

four letter word

You get six attempts to guess a four-letter word. If you guess a letter and it is in the right place, it will turn green. If it’s in the word but in the wrong place, it will turn yellow. If you use the word after spilling nail polish on your in-laws couch or when you forget to bring your vax card to Carla’s wedding, all the letters (and your face) will turn red.

Finishing line

Compile ten of your most commonly used expressions, then share only the first half of each expression with your partner. The person who is able to correctly complete the most of the other’s sentences wins. Or lose, depending on whether the predictability is a pretty romantic quirk or a sign of deep emotional stagnation.

The language of love

Take turns saying phrases that convey “I love you” without actually using those words. Some examples: “Thank you for ordering sushi with brown rice”, “The dog needs a bath”, and “Do we have to make wills at some point?” The first player to goof and say “I love you” must give the dog a bath.

Celebrity

With your partner, make a list of celebrities you’re okay with cheating on. Start by crossing out the names of celebrities who were canceled or died and you had no idea. Then debate the merits of Matt Damon’s diminished star power, the likelihood of bumping into Camila Cabello in upstate New York, and whether some movie stars age gracefully or simply decay into a watered down version of their more famous relatives. When you realize that the only celebrities left on your list are Ralph Macchio and the guy who plays Jake in those State Farm commercials, reaffirm your love for your partner and go do the Sunday New York. Times crossword together.

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