Minute to Win It Yank Me Game

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You know that magic trick in which the magician pulls a tablecloth from under a fully set dining room table without dislodging anything or making a big mess? This Minute to Win It game uses the same principle on a much smaller (and less potentially messy) scale.

The Goal

In Yank Me, your goal is to stack plastic cups and index cards, then pull out the index cards so that the cups fall into one another.

Of course, you'll have to do this without knocking over the tower of cards and cups. There's always a twist to these games, isn't there?

Equipment Needed

This would make a great office party game since you likely have cups and index cards in the supply closet. It's fun to play at home too and the supplies aren't expensive if you don't already have them on hand. Here's what you'll need in order to play:

Make sure you have enough space in your playing area for the players to pick up cups that might fall over and start again. They'll need a little elbow room to play, but you don't need a very large spot. This game is perfect for indoor or outdoor play.

How to Set Up the Game

Setting up Yank Me is much easier than actually playing it. All you need to do is place the plastic drinking cups and the index cards on the table.

Then you can chill out and wait for the fun to begin.

How to Play

To begin, the player stands at the table facing the drinking cups and the cards. Start the one-minute timer. The player then begins to build the tower. Start with one plastic drinking up, face down, and top that with an index card. Place another cup, then another card, and so on until all five drinking cups and all four index cards are in place.

Once the tower is complete, the player begins to remove the index cards. Starting with the top card, pull it straight out so that the cup on top falls straight down and stacks itself onto the cup below. Then move on to the next index card and do the same thing. Continue on until all of the index cards have been pulled out, leaving the five cups stacked on top of one another in a single, straight stack.

Complete the challenge in one minute or less and you've won the game.

The Rules

The official rules for this game are a little sparse, but here they are:

  • If the tower falls, the player must start over with the stacking of the tower as long as there is sufficient time remaining
  • Once the cups and index cards have been stacked, the player may only touch the index cards. You may not hold any of the plastic cups while pulling out the cards.

Tips and Tricks

Be quick, confident, and steady. Also, make sure that your tower is built as straight and well-lined-up as possible so that the cups can easily fall onto one another.

You can make this game a little easier for younger players by using larger cups and using only three cups and two index cards.