Divined the guests into an equal number of girls and boys, seating the boys on one side facing the girls who are sitting about two chair-widths away. Give each boy a small newspaper cutting and each girl a pencil and piece of paper. The idea of the game is for the boy to dictate the news item to the girl sitting opposite him and for her to get it down with the minimum number of mistakes. As all the boys will be shouting out different news items at one time, this is not quite so easy as it sounds, and it requires quite a lot of concentration on the girls’ part to listen only to their own partner and ignore the rest of the hubbub. The first pair to get the message written down completely with not more than six mistakes is the winner.