It's time again for Balderdash
And here we go with this family Thanksgiving's semiannual Balderdash game. As you may or may not know, this game involves being given a word, everyone playing writing down their interpretation of the word, them all being read out loud, and points being given to those who present the best Balderdash-laden definition of that word.
The first word is: Scaldabanco. Here are the players' submissions: A stirring preacher who delivers a wonderful sermon. A word shouted by bingo winners in Peru. To carry one's valuables under a hat. A salsa dance in Cuba. A chess game which no one wins. Habenero pepper sauce. Surgery to correct a thin lower lip. A Finnish sport involving reindeer, antlers and pine cones. Pushing someone into a wall in Mexico. Thirteenth century Portugese bank notes. A Guatamalan bank robbery.
"Kalong." A large long-snouted fruit-eating bat. Another word for boomerang. Chinese word for largest cooking pot. A movie camera that first featured Technicolor. The long vein on a shrimp that must be removed before eating. Gender-ambiguous hypersexulized Thai prostitute. Primary peak on the Balong mountain range on Mars. An oil drill. An obstacle in a steeplechase. Written instructions. Fluid in a frog's egg sack.
"Wungee." A Chinese lantern. A traditional musical instrument in Zimbabwe. A Kangaroo trap. Water logged. Chinese tea residue. A Mongolian spittoon. Clarified butter used in Indian cooking. An edible fruit of India similar to the muskmelon. Australian bird of prey. A harness buckle. A cod piece made from a coconut. A cross between a yak and a cow.
"Zum." The papery skin on a shelled walnut. A sheep's belly wool. Greenish discharge from the male urethra. An overhang that covers a street. Boot track left at a crime scene. A cobbler's tool. Recycled car tire chips. A cross between a cow and a yak. A shoe fastener used by Roman centurions. A Portuguese costume party. Peanut shells left in a bowl.
"Kantalet." A short three-part aria. A hand-woven net used by Maori fishermen. A candle-lit chandelier. A town situated between two larger towns. A five-stringed harp. A German electrical outlet. A woman's lace robe favored by Arabian women who have lost children. A Russian trouser. An elbow patch. A mid-1800s gas lamp. Covered in red dust.
"Nestcock." A municipal sewer system access cover. A device used to provide stability when shooting pumpkins from a launcher. The loop in a mooring rope. A house husband. Old English phrase for who "rules the roost." A rooster that won't crow. A package of three shuttlecocks. Feathery plumage attached to felt hats. A neutered fighting cock. A grouping of turquoise. A penalty in badminton.
"Rubiginose." A red nose from over consumption of alcohol. A byproduct associated with the metabolism of amino acids. An Indian food preservation spice. A tea rose bush featuring double yellow flower centers. The dust left behind after polishing glass. Rust-colored, having a rusty appearance. A lost and found repository. Painfully funny. Term used in rhinoplasty for an inoperable condition. A weaving frame.
"Digitorium." A facility that specializes in pain relief. An extensive fingerprint collection. Term for the first virtual digital classroom. A factor of digital dexterity. A space in a hospital to store severed fingers and toes prior to re-attachment. A collection of finger- and toe-related jewelry. A collection of stuffed fingers and toes. Anatomy of the hands and feet of mammals. A machine that compares toes and fingers. A silent machine for practicing the piano.
"Casern." A designation used on topographical maps indicating water source. A container for human ashes. A tall milk bucket. An oak tub used in the making of home-brewed beer. Receptacle for cremated pet remains. Earthen-ware jug. An army barracks. A South African bird. An outhouse without windows. A presidential lock-box.
So there you have it, as much of the game as I can reprint here. Take your best shot. I know you're going to cheat, aren't you. Maybe round off the score. There are nine words. If you get three, try again; four, you dusted off your dictionary; five, call Monty Hall and enter a game show; six or more -- oh, you cheated, you did.
Scaldabanco: A stirring preacher who delivers a wonderful sermon.
Kalong: A large long-snouted fruit-eating bat.
Wungee: An edible fruit of India, similar to the muskmelon.
Zum: A cross between a cow and a yak.
Kantalet: A five-stringed harp.
Nestcock: A house husband.
Rubignose: Rust colored, having a rusty appearance.
Digitorium: A silent machine for practicing the piano.
Casern: An army barracks.