Old Maid Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Trivia quiz questions with answers about the card game Old Maid


Old Maid Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

What is “Old Maid”?
A: Old Maid is a Victorian card game for two or more players probably deriving from an ancient gambling game in which the loser pays for the drinks.

There are retail card decks specifically crafted for playing Old Maid, but the game can just as easily be played with what?
A: A regular deck of 52 cards.

When using a regular deck, a card is either added or removed, resulting in what?
A: One unmatchable card.

What are the most popular choices?
A: To remove the ace or queen of clubs or to add a single joker.

It is also possible to remove one card face-down from where?
A: The top of the deck before hands are dealt; if this is done, players will not know which card is unmatchable.

The unmatchable card becomes what?
A: The "old maid," and whoever holds it at the end of the game is the loser.

The dealer deals how many cards to the players?
A: All of them.

Some players may have what?
A: More cards than others.

Players look at their cards and discard what?
A: Any pairs they have (e.g., two kings, two sevens, etc.) face up.

Players do not discard what?
A: Three of a kind.

In common variants, the suit colors of a discarded pair must what?
A: Match: spades (♠) must match with clubs (♣) and diamonds (♦) must match with hearts (♥).

Beginning with the dealer, each player takes turns offering what?
A: His or her hand face-down to the person on his or her left.

That person then does what?
A: Selects a card without looking and adds it to his or her hand.

This player then sees if the selected card does what?
A: Makes a pair with any of their original cards.

If so, what happens?
A: The pair is discarded face up as well.

The player who just took a card then does what?
A: Offers his or her hand to the person on his or her left, and so on.

A player is allowed to shuffle his hand before what?
A: Offering it to the player on his left.

In some variants, all players discard only after what?
A: After the dealer has had his or her turn to take a card.

Alternatively, play can proceed in reverse order, with players doing what?
A: Taking a new card before giving one up.

In this variation, players can be stuck in "old maid purgatory," i.e. with what?
A: One card and no way to get rid of it.

The objective of the game is to continue to take cards, discarding pairs, until what?
A: No more pairs can be made.

The player with the card that has no match is what?
A: "Stuck with the old maid" and loses.

When playing with more than two players, the game is somewhat unusual in that it has what?
A: One distinct loser rather than one distinct winner.

A commonly marketed version of the game is called "Donkey" in which the odd card is what?
A: The Donkey and the rest of the set is made up of farmyard animals.

Another variant, played in the Philippines, is called what?
A: Ungguy-ungguyan.

The game is played exactly as old maid except what?
A: Any card can be removed at the start of the game.

That card is revealed at the end of the game and the person left with its "partner" (the odd card) loses and is called what?
A: Unggoy (Tagalog for monkey).

A similar variant exists in Indonesia by the name of "Kartu Setan" which literally translates to what?
A: "Ghost Card".