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Smess. British name of Smess, a Parker Brothers game in which arrows on squares determine the directions pieces may move. (7x8, Cells: 56) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Peggy wrote on 2006-01-31 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
My battered old Smess board has never been out of use, and is as popular with my children and their friends as it was with me and mine. However, my favorite memory is my master-class chess playing grand-father and uncle sitting in rapt contemplation of a game while the family partied around them one night. My only complaint is that I inevitably lose after having just played my son in chess, as he adjusts more quickly to the arrows than I.