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:


Dear me!

Your challenge is to give a sentence that contains as many words that rhyme with "dear" as possible

You will have 2 minutes to think and 5 minutes to respond.

Each of you has a piece of paper and pencil. During think time, you may write down as many words as you like, but you may not speak to each other. 

There are 35 tokens in front of you. Before each response, you will place a token in the container on the table.


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 tokens run out.

Questions count against your thinking time.


You will receive one point for each word in your sentence that rhymes with "dear".

If your sentence is considered creative or humorous by the judges, you will receive an additional three points.