In hindsight,” Scully said, “I remember that twice he left the head table, apparently to make phone calls—which was unusual.
The night came, and I found myself at the head table in the dining saloon working for dear life to keep the thing going.
At the head table each player has two chances at the peanuts and then the bell is rung.
When either couple at the head table have made ten words, the bell is rung and the guests score and progress as in any other game.
The winners progress and change partners, after the bell rings at the head table.
The food at the head table was often tasted first by a servant as a precaution against poison.
At the head table, as at the other tables, the winners progress and the losing lady remaining begins play for the next game.