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June 19th, 2000

Here Comes the Judge

I was talking with Pinger Matt yesterday about a classroom game I remember playing in third or fourth grade. It was called “Here Comes the Judge,” and the teacher frequently used it when she didn’t feel like teaching. “7 Up” was a more popular game, but I liked this one just as much.

One person would sit in a chair at the front of the room, facing the blackboard with his eyes closed. Someone else would then be chosen from the class to come up behind the person and say “Here comes the judge… here comes the judge,” doing their best to disguise their voice. The person in the chair would then have to guess who the mystery voice was was. If the person in the chair guessed correctly, he got to stay in the chair for another turn.

Anyone remember this game? -ram

Posted in Childhood Memories

DATE: Monday June 19, 2000 -- 10:07:45AM
Methinks you've been smoking something, Ryan. ;)

By the way... I remember playing 7 Up, but at the moment I honestly can't remember how to play. I know it didn't have anything to do with spilling soda on somebody's pants or anything, but I just can't remember what it actually was. I crave enlightenment.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday June 19, 2000 -- 10:16:38AM
I believe that will be a Ping later this week. ;)

FROM: Dave
DATE: Monday June 19, 2000 -- 5:06:46PM
7 Up was when everyone put their heads down so they couldn't see, with their arms our and thumbs up. Seven "it" players walked around and pushed down the thumbs of one person each, and the seven who were chosen had to guess who pushed their thumbs down.

I ruled at this game, as I had a secret cheating technique I will take to my grave. :-)

Does anyone remember "Mumball?" It was basically Catch but if you talked you were out. A good way for the teacher to keep the class quiet.

DATE: Tuesday June 20, 2000 -- 1:38:25PM
Ah... that's what I thought 7Up was all about. Except when I played it, we put our heads down and someone tapped us on the head, not pushed our thumb down.

I remember Mumball. :) But that's all I have to say about it. ;)

FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday June 20, 2000 -- 5:59:58PM
This is further evidence that our government forces kids to stay in school too long for the mere fact that too many parents don't know what to do with their kids if they aren't in school. Oh sigh.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Tuesday June 20, 2000 -- 11:48:54PM
I always hoped that acute girl would pick me in 7up and then I would guess that she had picked me. Yippie

DATE: Wednesday June 21, 2000 -- 7:24:40AM
I always hoped a cute girl would jump me right there, but... it never happened. Silly game...

DATE: Monday December 20, 2004 -- 10:41:51 pm
It was so terribly easy to cheat, all you had to do is look down through your arms and look at their feet when they touch you then you get to be on the next 7, but my favorite game in 3rd grade was bingo, everyone knows how to play that, the best partv was the teacher gave out good candy, not halloween size fun things, but serious king size bars.

FROM: megan
DATE: Friday May 13, 2005 -- 3:01:12 pm
do you remember other games that kids played in class or outside?

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Saturday May 14, 2005 -- 3:31:20 pm
I was very good at 7-Up for some reason. I didn't cheat, and I'm not psychic. But I just knew who picked me every time. This worked to my disadvantage, though, because after a while I never got picked anymore because kids wanted to stay in the game.

Heather March 27, 2008, 4:42 pm

I remember this game!!!!! I happened on your Q while searching for the rules! We played all the time in grade school.

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