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This ToyShow Preview was last updated on 1/23/2007

Lorraine Spiering is the type of person who loves playing word games and thumbing through the dictionary. So she created the game SYZYGY. The word Syzygy (siz-uh-jee) is an astrological term for an alignment of celestial bodies. Lorraine's favorite alignment is of the Sun, Earth and Moon. "A full Eclipse is an absolute miracle."
ThatWordGame Syzygy
ThatWordGame Syzygy on CD-ROM
Each player draws 9 letter tiles from a pool of 304 letter tiles. Someone says "Go" and everyone turns their tiles right side up and begins to construct a crossword puzzle. All words must connect just like a crossword puzzle. The game is very interactive. Play goes very quickly. The best part is that everyone, regardless of age, can play together.

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All the fun of Syzygy can now be enjoyed on the computer.

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Game Play
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First person to use all 9 tiles says "DRAW" and everyone must draw a new tile from the pool and proceed to add the new tile to their puzzle which may mean rearranging the tiles already placed. Words evolve, the puzzles evolve and when all the tiles are used up, first person to use their last tile yells "DONE". Everyone must stop. Each player now reads their words so that everyone can see that their puzzle is legitimately constructed.

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This game provides the opportunity for players to learn vocabulary words from each other. The game is especially useful when younger children are playing with adults. When the children say their words that they are so very proud of, parents, teachers etc. can monitor the children's reading and spelling abilities. When the children are corrected they do not feel threatened, as it's a game!! But their vocabulary retention is wonderful. Syzygy has been played for over 10 years now. Excellent for use in ESL classes.

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This ToyShow Preview was last updated on 1/23/2007
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