Please Note: These are not official Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous problems but are supplied here as training tools for improving teams' spontaneous skills. Official practice problems can be found if you purchase the books of spontaneous problems and sample problems can also be found on the Odyssey of Mind website.
Current verbal challenge:
The eyes have it
Your challenge is to respond to one of the pairs of eyes
You will have one minute of think time and four minutes to respond.
You are not allowed to talk to each other at any time.
You can respond in any sequence. You may give responses until the team no longer has any tokens or until time ends, whichever occurs first. Each team member may give as many or as few responses as they wish, until the cards run out.
Questions count against your thinking time.
Your challenge is to respond to one of the pairs of eyes in this sheet (point to pictures). When you give your response, you must point to the relevant pair of eyes. For example you might say, “Aye aye Captain” or, “This man must have seen a very big spider.”
Before you respond about a pair of eyes, you must place a token in the container. (Demonstrate to team.)
Place a print out of the sheet with the eyes and the 35 tokens within reach of the team.
Place a container in the center of the table.
Common answers will receive 1 point.
Creative answers will receive 5 points.
You will be finished when response time ends or you have used all of your tokens.
Tips for Teams:
Tokens left on the table are lost points!!
Any response will be given a score whether the response is judged as being common or creative.
Is the team stuck? Look around the room for ideas. Build upon a previous response.
Speak loudly and clearly.
Before making a response team members should: pick up a token - hold it high - put it in the container - then give a response. This alerts the judges as well as the other team members so they don’t all give a response at once. If the token is placed in the container before giving a response - that isn’t a problem but a response must be given.