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:

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Your challenge is to say something about the picture

You have 1 minute to think and 4 minutes to respond. You can ask the judges questions; however, time will continue. You cannot talk to each other at any time.

Your challenge is to say something about the picture based on one of the following:


1.         You are selling the building.

2.         It’s your home and you are greeting guests who have never been there before.

3.         It’s the grand prize in a contest and you are awarding it to the winner.

4.         You just finished fixing it up.

For example, you might say, “Welcome to my shack” or  “It’s a fixer-upper”

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


You can respond in any order. 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.


You will receive one point for each common response.

If your response is considered creative or humorous by the judges, you will receive five points.