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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?

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    $\begingroup$ Is "It Jack too was here" correct or did you mean "If Jack..."? $\endgroup$ – Hunter Sep 10 '15 at 9:00
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    $\begingroup$ Is "the one who hosting" correct? $\endgroup$ – A E Sep 10 '15 at 9:12
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    $\begingroup$ Yes. It's "if". I have edited it. Thank you for pointing it out. :) $\endgroup$ – AeJey Sep 10 '15 at 9:12
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    $\begingroup$ @AE: It is correct. Any how I have edited the question to avoid confusions. $\endgroup$ – AeJey Sep 10 '15 at 9:19
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    $\begingroup$ 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 $\endgroup$ – autodavid Sep 10 '15 at 10:12
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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.

edited to add: ape (thanks to f' in the comments)

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.
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    $\begingroup$ There's "ape" in Jim's statement (bought a pen). $\endgroup$ – f'' Sep 11 '15 at 3:12
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    $\begingroup$ Perfect. Please add what @f'' suggested to make the answer complete and I will accept the answer :) $\endgroup$ – AeJey Sep 11 '15 at 3:46
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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.

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    $\begingroup$ That definitely seems like it - nice find! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Sep 10 '15 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ Nice finding. But there is a better fit than that. $\endgroup$ – AeJey Sep 11 '15 at 3:46

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