Everyone sits in a circle. One player (called the leader, although this doesn't necessarily mean that the Guider or Troop Leader needs to start - the player is just called the leader to make it easier to explain the game!) starts by placing both her hands over her ears. The person on her left places her right hand over her right ear, and the person on her right places her left hand over her left ear. Then the leader takes her hands off of her ears and points to another player in the circle. (With a large group, it's probably easier to call out the person's name as you point to them.) The two players either side of her also take their hands off their ears. The new leader puts her hands over her ears, and the two players either side do the same as the first group. And so on …
Any player who is slow or makes a mistake is out. Once a player is out they stay sitting in the circle, but the remaining players but imagine that the player is not there. For example, a new leader covers up her ears. The first person on her left is out, but the second person on her left is still in. So, the second person has to imagine that the first person is not there and cover up her right ear. That's usually the confusing part that catches most people out.
The players who are in the game longest are the winners.
Tres Condados Girl Scout Council, California, USA
Former Guider and Adviser, UK
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