Questions tagged [codenames]

A game for 4+ players with code name cards in a 5x5 grid on the table.

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Providing the spymaster with cues for clues in Codenames

Toward the end of a game of Codenames, a team might find itself with two agents left to find and five cards still uncovered — say, APPLE, BASS, CAR, DARKNESS, and ELEPHANT. (The numbers are by way of ...
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Can you use a clue that contains a word on the board within it in an unrelated way in Codenames?

In Codenames, can you give a clue when the series of letters of one of the tiles on the table is contained within it? For example, can you give the clue "barrier" when "bar" is on the table? Or "...
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Is using a distinct pitch or tone in your voice for your hint legal in Codenames? I.e., “colddd” to link “blanket” and “Arctic”

To link "blanket" and "Arctic", "cold" could be a clue because the Arctic has subzero temperatures and a blanket is something you put on if you are cold at night. Saying &...
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Are contractions like “I'm” legal according to the rules of Codenames?

There are some words on the board, "fine", "good", and "lost". I'd like to use "I'm 3" to hit those words as spymaster. Would that be against the rules? This is the closest rule I could find in the ...
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Can you use the row the card is in as a clue?

If you are the spymaster, can you use the row as a clue? For example, can I say "Top 3" for the field operator to guess the top row?
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Is it legal to use poetry elements/sound devices as hints like “alliteration 3”, “assonance 3”, and “rhyme 3” in Codenames?

Poetry elements/sound devices include alliteration, assonance, consonance, and rhyme. An example of a clue would be "assonance 3" for "code", "control", and "candy&...
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Is Codenames meant to played in American English, British English, Australian English, or any of them?

I'm playing Codenames online in an iOS app called Codewords, but I do not know the demographics of the game in general. When someone gave me the clue "rob", I picked "nick" because in informal British,...
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Can you tell spymaster you know the word they gave a clue for?

In a game of Codenames, Team 1 field operative guesses a wrong choice for a word. During or before their next turn they say, "oh, I know which one you meant for last code". Would that be against the ...
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If you have two words left to link as spymaster, but they are extremely related to an opponent's word, what should you do?

In about 10% or more of my games, I find myself in a tricky dilemma, where it seems almost impossible to link two words without hitting an opponent's card or a black card. I don't know if using a two ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of going first

Going first, you have 9 cards to take out, and going second you have 8 cards to take out. Here are some of my ideas: Going first better: If the average turn of the setter/guessers is 2 cards except ...