This is a call and response game. Here's how you start: The first player holds out the fist with the thumb up and the 2nd player says…


At the end, the players have to keep a straight face for as long a time as possible. The game ends when some one finally breaks into a laugh and receives a hard smack from the first player, or ten pinches, or both, according to the formula used in the game.

Alternate Ending:

After: Question: "Where's the rope?"...
Answer: Knife cut it.
Question: Where's the knife?
Answer: Hammer broke it.
Question: Where's the hammer?
Answer: Behind the door cracking nuts.

Same as above at the end. Each player tries to keep a serious face. Whoever smiles first gets kissed or slapped!

Charles W. Stotler wrote:

The version in my family was slightly different and it went like this:

Q: Whose little round hole is this?
A: Mine.
Q: Whatcha got in it?
A: Bread and butter and cheese.
Q: Where's my share?
A: The cat got it.
Q: Where's the cat?
A: In the cupboard.
Q: Where's the cupboard?
A: The fire burned it.
Q: Where's the fire?
A: The water quenched it.
Q: Where's the water?
A: The ox drank it.
Q: Where's the ox?
A: The butcher killed it.
Q:Where's the butcher?
A: The rope hanged him.
Q: Where's the rope?
A: The knife cut it.
Q: Where's the knife?
A: The hammer broke it.
Q: Where's the hammer?
A: Behind there cellar door cracking nuts!

Then, in unison: A is for Apple, P is for Pear, the first one who speaks gets boxed on the ears.

Usually the sudden silence would provoke a bark from our dog…….


There are variations of this game, please email me to share your version.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Charles Stotler for sharing his family's version!