In Roger Zelazny’s Blood of Amber, Merlin and Vinta Bayle are playing the mutual interview game, in which one gains a right to ask an opponent a question by first answering the opponent's question.

Is there a name for this game?


Though I am not familiar with any game name, there are phrases for what you are talking about.

Quid pro quo, meaning something for something, is a Latin loanphrase that indicates an equal exchange of information, goods, or services.

Other phrases with identical meaning are tit for tat, like for like, equal exchange, equivalent exchange of information, and several others which may easily be found by searching a thesaurus for 'quid pro quo'.

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    Quid pro quo, Clarice. Mar 5 '13 at 12:00
  • Well, there are some additional rules in the book, I think, that make the game narrower than just Quid pro quo. AFAIR, no more than one major standing question is allowed, but interviewer can ask for clarifications. If one refuses to answer, the game is over. And so on. Mar 5 '13 at 15:32

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