You and your partner are given a stack of 40 words. In an alternating fashion, you guess at the words. You give your partner 1 to 2 word clues and you cannot give them another clue until they have guessed. You alternate between cluer and guesser. You have 4 minutes to guess the 40 words. The team with the most words guessed at the end of the 4 minutes wins. The words will be no longer than 2 words (i.e. partial lunar eclipse would not be a word) although a hyphenated word counts as one word (i.e. sea-floor spreading would be allowed). Also the words may not be proper nouns, however PROPER NOUNS MAY BE GIVEN AS CLUES. Additionally, you may not use the science word as one of your clue words.


One point is given to every correct term. The team with the most points wins.

There are 4 events that can break the tie.

  1. Longest String of Correct Words
  2. Getting the first word right passed by the other team.
  3. Fewest Terms passed.
  4. Shortest Period of time.


  • Pass terms that are too hard or complex. Practice back to back, face to face, and having a screen(aka blanket).
  • Try narrowing down from broad to specific. Practice with easy terms and hard terms. The terms might be given to you in many forms note cards, strips of paper, and a big sheet of paper that you can only see, practice with all of them.
  • Have your teacher make a list with 40 words and columns for three clues.
  • List the clues with a partner and then have an in-team competition.
  • Try going through science textbooks' glossaries with your teammate, and saying the words you would use as clues to each other.
  • Go home and make a list of 40 words that are new to your practicing. (internet glossaries are very useful) Have your partner do the same. At the next practice, combine the two lists and shuffle (important so one partner doesn't have a heavy advantage during practice). This is helpful because it gets new words into the mix along with helping get a good understanding of the way your partner thinks.
  • Know your partner, this really helps if you do. I've seem total strangers do this event and they didn't do that well.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected, practice back to back, with a screen and face to face
  • Consider making a set of words. Just use note cards and a box to hold them
  • Practice with a timer. 4 minutes isn't a long period of time
  • Ask your event supervisor about some rules that are up too their interpretation (it's always good to just check.
  • Practice with both hard and easy words. You never know what might come up!
  • Be happy with what you get but if you really need to know 25+ generally guarantees you a medal.