Time: 5 to 10 minutes.
The principal object of this warmer is to guess the mystery word the group is using.
One student is bundled out of earshot (maybe going out of the class) while the others agree on a verb. Suppose the verb chosen is 'to sing'. The student now returns. His or her task is to discover the hidden verb. This he or she does by posing questions in which the unknown verb is replaced by the word teapot, and to which the respective respondents must reply as if the concealed verb had been used in its place. In this instance, the inquisition might proceed along these lines:
Angela Where do you usually teapot?
Brendan In the bath.
Angela Does Byron teapot well?
Christopher No; he usually shatters the windows.
Angela What would you do if I teapotted all over you?
Derek Probably stuff cotton-wool in my ears.
As students don't get the word right after a while (set time limit to one minute, maximum), they drop out of the game (but still participate, giving clues, answers and examples). When only two remain, they are the winners.