# Suspicious Conversation

Yesterday, I overheard the conversation between my friends Jim and Rose:

Jim: I know lots of games.

Rose: Wow, let's play some.

Jim: If Jack too was here, it would have been great fun.

Rose: Oh, I miss Jack a lot.

Jim: He came last week for the exams.

Rose: Ha! Really? He didn't tell me.

Jim: He asked for a tea party.

Rose: Yes, it should be arranged.

Jim: Let's go at 4:00pm. He must be at home at that time.

Rose: He has nailed the exams and so he should be hosting the party, right?

Jim: Yup, and I bought a pen for him to appreciate his success in the exams.

Rose: Oh, great. Let me see it.

Jim: Aha, you lost. I am the winner.

What game they were playing? How did Rose lose and Jim win? And how does this conversation make sense?

• Is "It Jack too was here" correct or did you mean "If Jack..."? Sep 10, 2015 at 9:00
• Is "the one who hosting" correct?
– A E
Sep 10, 2015 at 9:12
• Yes. It's "if". I have edited it. Thank you for pointing it out. :) Sep 10, 2015 at 9:12
• @AE: It is correct. Any how I have edited the question to avoid confusions. Sep 10, 2015 at 9:19
• I think of some games like "don't say you,me, and he/she" in Chinese. We start a meaningless conversation and someone who speaks a forbidden word lose the game Sep 10, 2015 at 10:12

I thought that it was

animals formed by consecutive letters in the sentence

and it turns out that's correct.

Jim: I know lots of games.


owl

Rose: Wow, let's play some.


owl also (edited to say: probably owlet)

Jim: If Jack too was here, it would have been great fun.


bee

Rose: Oh, I miss Jack a lot.


jackal

Jim: He came last week for the exams.


camel

Rose: Ha! Really? He didn't tell me.


hare

Jim: He asked for a tea party.


rat

Rose: Yes, it should be arranged.


bear

Jim: Let's go at 4:00pm. He must be at home at that time.


goat

Rose: He has nailed the exams and so he should be hosting the party, right?


snail

Jim: Yup, and I bought a pen for him to appreciate his success in the exams.


Rose: Oh, great. Let me see it.


And here's where Rose lost, since she had no animal.

Jim: Aha, you lost. I am the winner.

• There's "ape" in Jim's statement (bought a pen).
– f''
Sep 11, 2015 at 3:12
• Perfect. Please add what @f'' suggested to make the answer complete and I will accept the answer :) Sep 11, 2015 at 3:46

My first attempt:

Jim and Rose has already starting the game the moment the conversation starts, and the rule is to continue the conversation in a way that, when reading backward, it makes sense. They were both doing fine until Rose's last sentence, which loses her the game.

• That definitely seems like it - nice find!
– Deusovi
Sep 10, 2015 at 16:30
• Nice finding. But there is a better fit than that. Sep 11, 2015 at 3:46