This is the second Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or phrase. The solver whose answer is awarded the green checkmark has first refusal on the opportunity to create the next puzzle in the series, which must somehow incorporate the answer to this puzzle somewhere within its construction. The solver is under no obligation to create the next puzzle: in the event that he or she does not wish to take that opportunity, I may accept the offer of a willing substitute setter or choose to continue the chain myself.

The game of Pictionary requires a player to draw a word or phrase he's secretly given, and his teammates to guess the word. Classically, the words and phrases come in categories like

  • P: person, place, or animal — this can be a proper noun or just a noun
  • O: object — a thing
  • A: action — something to do
  • D: difficult — this can be anything at all, but is usually more difficult

Here were my team's clues, and what the sketcher first drew for each. See if you can find the words! As in the game, if you don't get the answer after some time, I'll show you what the sketcher drew next.

1. P

2. O

3. A

4. D

5. P

6. O

7. A

8. D

9. P

10. O

11. A

12. D

13. P

14. O

15. A

16. D

17. P

18. O


A so-very-nearly-complete answer - just #9 left to identify, but final answer found...

The answer to the puzzle is:


To reach this, we need to solve the eighteen Pictionary clues and then:

take the first letter of each answer.

Clues resolve as follows (credit to solvers in discussions in the dedicated Chain Puzzle chat room):

1. MICKEY MOUSE (shape of ears) (@Stiv)
3. RUN (@Stiv)
4. NEANDERTHAL (note the differences in skull shape) (@AlanHoover)
5. ISTANBUL (position marked on a map of Turkey) (@Stiv)
6. NEST (@Stiv)
7. GROW (@Stiv)
8. THAMES (depicted on a map of the UK) (@Stiv)
9. O - ???
10. NUNCHUCKS (@Braegh)
11. CRY (@LukasRotter)
12. RASTAFARIAN (@AlanHoover)
13. ESTONIA (position marked on a map of Europe) (@Stiv)
14. SPOON (@Stiv)
15. CAPTURE (chess move) (@Braegh)
16. EXCALIBUR (the 'sword in the stone') (@LukasRotter)
17. NYAN CAT (@Braegh)
18. TABLET (medicinal pill) (@Stiv)

  • $\begingroup$ 12 might be rot13(ebpxrg)? $\endgroup$ – athin Oct 26 '20 at 0:47
  • $\begingroup$ @athin, not my intention, I'm afraid. $\endgroup$ – msh210 Oct 26 '20 at 5:18
  • $\begingroup$ Could 4 be Narcissus? $\endgroup$ – Boluc Papuccuoglu Oct 26 '20 at 7:25
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    $\begingroup$ is 4 Neanderthal? 12 Ras Tafari? $\endgroup$ – Alan Hoover Oct 26 '20 at 14:42
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @Alan, yes on 4. 12 is close. Note what was circled in its first sketch. 9, no. $\endgroup$ – msh210 Oct 26 '20 at 14:50

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