The Minister's Cat
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How the game is played
All players sit in a circle, and the first player describes the minister's cat with an adjective beginning with the letter 'A' (for example, "The minister's cat is an adorable cat") Each player then does the same, using different adjectives starting with the same letter. Once everyone has done so, the first player describes the cat with an adjective beginning with the letter 'B'. This continues for each letter of the alphabet.
- In an alternate variation, the first player describes the minister's cat with an adjective beginning with the letter 'A', the second with the letter 'B' and so forth, going around the circle.
In both variations, a player is "out" of the game if they are unable to think of an adjective, or if they repeat one previously used. Players may clap in unison or speak in a rhythmic manner during the game, setting the pace for each player to speak his line; if a player falls too far behind the pace while thinking of an adjective, he may also be declared "out."
On the second and succeeding rounds an alternate sentence can be used: "Mother's tea service was brittle.", "Mother's tea service was broken.".
References in popular culture
- This game was played between two characters, throughout several books, in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.
- An example of this game can be seen in the musical film Scrooge.
- In the episode "The Fight Before Christmas" on the sitcom Frasier, Frasier Crane eagerly announces that he intends to play a spirited game of The Minister's Cat.
- Several characters in the miniseries North and South play The Minister's Cat in Book 1.
- Edinburgh musical duo The Minister's Cat take their name from the parlour game, highlighting their varied and 'undefinable' sound - http://www.facebook.com/TheMinistersCat