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Designer(s)Hollingsworth Bros.
Publisher(s)Cardinal Games
Long Island City, NY
Publication date1956; 63 years ago (1956)
Players2 or more
Setup timeBrief
Playing timeShort
Random chanceMedium
Skill(s) requiredSpelling
Word creation from random letters
Includes: shaker cup, 10 black dice, 3 red dice, timer, instructions

Perquackey is a word game played with dice, produced by Cardinal Industries, Inc. of Long Island City, New York. It was previously produced by Lakeside Toys, a division of Lakeside Industries, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota,[1][2] and originally by The Shreve Company of Los Angeles, California. It is similar to the 1956 game Spill & Spell.[3]


The game is played with 10 black-lettered dice and three red-lettered dice.

Each player, initially, rolls the 10 black-lettered dice. The player must rearrange them into as many words as possible within a certain time, reusing the letters repeatedly. Points are scored according to the length of each word and the number of words made. Once a player reaches 2,500 points, all 13 dice are used; all words must now contain at least four letters. A player with at least 2,500 points is considered "vulnerable"; at least 500 points must be scored in a turn, or 500 points are deducted from their score.

The first player to reach 5,000 points is the winner.


The dice are labeled as follows:

  • Black dice:
    • A,A,A,E,E,E (2)
    • B,H,I,K,R,T
    • F,H,I,R,S,U
    • G,I,M,R,S,U
    • E,J,Q,V,X,Z
    • F,I,N,P,T,U
    • C,M,O,O,P,W
    • D,L,N,O,R,T
    • B,L,O,O,W,Y
  • Red dice (classic):
    • Q,S,S,V,W,Y
    • B,F,H,L,N,P
    • C,D,G,J,K,M
  • Red dice (post-2004?):
    • B,F,P,Q,S,Y
    • C,D,G,J,K,M
    • H,L,N,S,V,W

In popular culture[edit]

In the Dick Van Dyke Show episode "A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own," Rob & Laura play a game of Perquackey with their neighbors.

In the Three's Company episode "Critic's Choice," Mr. Furley bursts in to invite Janet and Terri to play a game of Perquackey.

In the Blossom episode “I Ain’t Got No Buddy,” Blossom’s dad, Nick, threatens Blossom, Anthony, and Joey with a game of Perquackey if they don’t tell him what they’re hiding.

In a Season 5 episode of Maude, Maude tells her Aunt Lola that their fun evening is to include a game of Perquackey with friends Arthur and Vivian.

In the song "S&M", by Dean Friedman one of the choruses reads - "Oo, Oo, Aha. Do it again, pretty momma. We'll buy ice-cream. I'll let you treat me. We'll play Perquacky. I'll let you beat me."


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Perquackey Word Game - How To Play". 2007-04-26. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Perquackey Review". Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
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