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What's the name of the following children's game in English?

It's a pencil and paper game whose players try to find, in writing and in a limited time, the words that begin with the same letter in the chosen categories. Among the most common categories we find: Personal Names, Things (objects), Cities, Animals, Fruits, Flowers and Plants, Nations, Crafts, etc. In French, it's called "jeu du baccalauréat."

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  • In Hungarian, it's ország város: "country city". There's an online version that translates it to English as Scattergories, but I'm pretty sure that's a Parker Brothers trademark. – JPmiaou Dec 6 '17 at 20:40
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    It seems the game is also called Categories – mplungjan Dec 6 '17 at 21:49
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    @MetaEd: can you please name the commonly-available reference that you mention in your reason-to-close comment? Nobody else seems to have found such a source so far. (Also, if you're going to declare "what's the usual English word for this concept" off-topic for ELU, you may as well just shut the site down.) – JPmiaou Dec 7 '17 at 14:36
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    @mplungjan, I think you should post Categories as an answer, because I think that's the most generic English name for the parlor/party game. It certainly seems to be the reason they named the Parker Brothers game Scattergories. – JPmiaou Jan 6 '18 at 17:17
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    @MetaEd, perhaps when none of the close reasons seem to quite apply as worded, it's because the question shouldn't be closed. I don't have the reputation or whatever to even suggest re-opening this question, but it really needs to be restored: it's a perfectly valid and on-topic question for this site. – JPmiaou Jan 6 '18 at 17:28
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It's called - name, place, animal, thing.

Here's an example: How to Play Name, Place, Animal, Thing

First write all the 26 letters of the alphabet in a bit of paper and then pick up a paper after mixing the whole lot.

We should write a name(of a human; for eg. richard), an animal, a place and a thing(such as toothbrush) that starts with the letter that you chose. When a player finishes the game he should count till 20 for the other players to finish. The other players should finish before the countdown. For every correct answer, the player is rewarded 10 points for every correct answer. If any two players get common answer, then 5 points should be rewarded. If the answer is not accepted(eg. if name of the animal does not exist), or if the entry is not given the player is rewarded 0 points.

The final points only matter.

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    If you told me you wanted to play "name, place, animal, thing", I'd stare at you blankly. Where have you encountered this as the name of a game? – JPmiaou Dec 6 '17 at 20:33
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    @JPmiaou I've played it as a child. It's very popular among Indians. Google knows the game as well. – NVZ Dec 7 '17 at 9:39
  • This has to be the correct answer. I'm sure this is strange to native English speakers. – NVZ Dec 7 '17 at 9:40
  • The best part when we select the alphabet at random. Our minds would have already rooted for the specific alphabet :) – Nagarajan Shanmuganathan Dec 7 '17 at 11:16

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