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Episode 29 Connection Contest: Quarto & Flinch

By sconway - Posted on 14 May 2007

Can YOU find the mystery connection between Quarto and Flinch?

Post your guesses here and you could win a set of custom Spiel dice!

Guess as many times as you like. If no one finds our mystery connection, we'll award the dice to the guess we think is the most creative.

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scooterb23's picture
OK, long time listener, first time guesser. The most obvious connection to me is that I knocked copies of both these games off the shelf the last time I was in the game store at my local mall. And if that's the right connection... then I need security guards or something, because I'm being stalked. My next connection, discovered in a Google search of "A.J. Blaise" was that the Penguin Classics edition of Blaise Pascal's book "Pensees" was translated by a guy named A.J. Quarto! and Flinch were designed by guys named Blaise and A.J. COINCIDENCE??? I think not. The other connection I found is that these are the only games created by their respective designers. But there's no way that could possibly be it... I think one thing is clear, I need some sleep. Great show guys!
sconway's picture
ooh, I like the way you think, scooter! Very devious. Perhaps even more devious than us on this one. But keep it up. Look forward to more guesses from you in the future.
Steerpike's picture
Was Suzi Quattro's maiden name Flinch ? And hence both games were named in some way after the 1970s rock diva ? ******************************************************* We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games
sconway's picture
If anything wouldn't Suzy's maiden name be Tuscadero from her "Happy Days'? :)
atimrogers's picture
Having failed to get home from work in time to send in my vote for Tichu, let me at least play here! Let's see . . . You FLINCH every time you realize you've just given your opponent the winning piece in Quarto? No? Well, . . . Both games have titles with six letters? Try again? The first and last letter of each game's title are separated from each other by only one letter, and when you combine those letters you get PG, which makes sense since the games are both family-friendly. Hmm, you say. Okay, okay, here's my last try for the nonce . . . When you truncate each title, you are left with a unit of measure -- QUART-o and fl-INCH. I give up. Tim in Greenville
I like the unit of measure connection. If that's not it, perhaps it has to do with the fact that in each game someone's likely to shout the name of the game (albeit for different reasons: you shout "Flinch!" to challenge your opponent if they fail to play from their stockpile, and you shout "Quarto!" to indicate that your opponent has just handed you the winning piece).
beehive23's picture
The obvious connections in this case are: -you stack components in both games -the names of the games are anagrams of each other when translated into Hawaiian -the names of both games are sounds you conceivably could make when falling down a flight of stairs in the dark -I own neither of these games
liga's picture
I just think that the solution is that both games appear in the episode # 29 of the Spiel. Or just they differ in the year of publication by exactly 90 year! Or they have name that are both world with sense in languages outside English (flinch in french and quarto in Italian) good play! Liga ############################################# La Tana dei Goblin: biggest Italian Games Web Site Goblin #4: Club TreEmme Modena, via Paltrinieri 80 web:
Steerpike's picture
Both games are language independent. (although clearly if you are from a nation that does not use standard arabic numerals then that point could be contested) Neither game contains the letter "E". Ok - I know that's a bit obscure but they are both analytical games which, some may say, has a synergy with cryptography. In cryptography "e" is the most important letter due to the frequency in which it appears in the English language. Georges Perec once wrote a book called "A void" in which he never once used the letter "e". (Actually it was written in French - "La Disparition" - and was translated into English by Gilbert Adair). Both Flinch and Quarto could have appeared in this book as both of them fitted the no-"e" criteria. I'll need to reread it and check. Am I getting close ? ********************************************************** We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games
Steerpike's picture
No, wait, is Quarto the highest scoring six letter word on the Scrabble board whilst Flinch is the lowest scoring ? ********************************************************* We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games
rkalajian's picture
Obvious actually. Flinch is based from Spite and Malice right? The pizza guy must have been full of both when he had to fork over free pizza after losing at Quarto all the time.
punkzter's picture
I will not try to top all of these creative comments, but it seems that the connection is simply that, in both games, you have to worry about NOT giving your opponent the win.
sconway's picture

Cryptography, angry pizza guys, units of measure, Hawaiian anagrams, Italian and French words!

I love it. You guys are as crazy as we are. Keep it up!

We'll be recording Episode #30 earlier than usual due to the Memorial Day holiday that is next weekend, so get your guesses in by Monday afternoon to be considered for the Spiel dice.

Keep 'em coming.




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