VERBAL: Business (Non)Sense!



This is a verbal problem. Your team has one minute to decide which team members will participate.


You will have one minute to think and 3 minutes to respond. You may ask questions; however, time will continue. You may not talk to each other at any time.

You will receive 1 point for each common response. Creative or humorous responses will receive 3 points each. Highly creative or humorous responses will receive 5 points. This will be a subjective opinion of the judges and the judges' decision is final.

You may not skip your turn, repeat a response, or pass. If one member of the team is stuck, the team is stuck.

Once time begins it will not be stopped. If the judge asks you to repeat a response, or to clarify it, or to give a more appropriate response, time will continue. Speak loudly and clearly.

Your problem is: Many businesses invent creative names for their companies. You are to give the name of a store or company and tell what that store or company might sell. For example, you could say "OMERíS Place" sells creativity." (Repeat "Your problem is Ö)

You may begin.


Be sure to give each team one minute to think and 3 minutes to respond. They may not talk during their thinking time, except to ask the judge questions.

Examples of common answers would be answers which have ordinary names selling ordinary products:

Dairy Products Store sells eggs

The Animal Place sells pet products

Examples of creative answers would be those which are highly humorous or which use unusual names for normal products or normal names for unusual products, such as:

Londonderry Shop sells eggs

The Alphabet and Number Store sells C3POís

Examples of highly creative answers would those that combine creative or humorous names with unusual or creative products, such as:

Accentuate the Positive sells compliments

The Log-on Cabin sells web sites