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Gladstone's 'Games to Go'

Detail: 'Gladstone's Games to Go' Cover
Detail: 'Gladstone's Games to Go' Cover

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Jim Gladstone, author of Gladstone's Games to Go: Verbal Volleys, Coin Contests, Dot Duels, and Other Games for Boredom-Free Days.

The handy paperback collects games and puzzles that require no equipment beyond some loose change and a pen or pencil -- perfect for the gang in the back seat on a long summer holiday road trip.

And to guarantee a boredom-free day on your next road trip, Gladstone has provided some rhyming riddles to keep the kids guessing. A "hink pink" rhymes two one-syllable words; a "hinky pinky" rhymes two-syllable words, and so forth.


- A test tube of happiness is a... SMILE VIAL

- An obese Siamese is a... FAT CAT

- A wren with acid reflux is a... G.E.R.D. BIRD

- A carton of smoked fish is a... LOX BOX

- The President's behind is the... BUSH TUSH


- Dark blue chicken drippings are... NAVY GRAVY

- A cassaba thief is a... MELON FELON

- A deluge of dahlias is a... FLOWER SHOWER

- Conversation about baking -- or baseball -- is... BATTER CHATTER

- Eau de Balboa is... STALLONE COLOGNE


- A candy jar lock is... CONFECTION PROTECTION

- A pachyderm that makes a difference is a... RELEVANT ELEPHANT

- The National Union of Washer-Driers is an... APPLIANCE ALLIANCE

- A buffet divider is a... NUTRITION PARTITION

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.