Monday, April 17, 2006

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The oldest brought home The Mystery Box! today from school. This is a regular, albeit large, cardboard box decorated profusely with question marks. My son is to put something from home in it, close it, and not tell anyone what the Mystery Object is. The rest of the class can ask up to 20 yes/no questions, making one guess as to the Mystery Object after each question.

The teacher's primary objective, of course, is to hone the class's critical thinking skills. But my son's primary objective is to stump his classmates.

1. To reduce to a stump.
2. To clear stumps from: stump a field.
3. To stub (a toe or foot).
4. To walk over heavily or clumsily.
5. To traverse (a district or region) making political speeches.
6. To shade (a drawing) with a stump.
7. To challenge (someone); dare.
8. To cause to be at a loss; baffle.
"stump." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 18 Apr. 2006.

He hasn't yet decided. The classmate who had it last stumped them all with a measuring tape.