This is the ruleset that Im following when handling the annoying danish tradition of sending “Gække”-letters. “Gæk” means to tease or to make a fool of and the sending of these letters at easter is a tradition that goes back to 1770. The first “Gække”-letter had the name of the sender but the point of this game is to replace the name of the sender with punctuation tokens.
Then the receiver of the “Gække”-letter had until easter Sunday to guess who was the sender. There’s no official rule set so Im setting one up here which Im going to refer to.
Wikipedia description: https://da.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A6kkebrev
The letter itself!
§1.1 The letter needs to contain a rime of at least to lines and at least 20 words.
§1.2 Along with the letter the flower “Snowdrop” (Vintergæk) needs to be somehow attached or put in the envelope.
§1.3 The letter needs to be at least A5 size so the receiver can read it and so it will not easily get lost among other papers. Theres no upper limit to the size.
§1.4 The paper needs to be cut somehow so it has holes with nice patterns. Like a heart.
§1.5 Any color of paper can be used. It needs to be clean though!
§1.6 It needs to handwritten.
§1.7 It is okay to scan the letter and send it through an anonymous mail server with a fudged from-address. A picture of the Snowdrop needs to be attached to the mail. If the mail ends up in a spam filter it is considered void.
§1.8 The letter needs to be in the native language of where it is delivered or in english.
§1.9 Small hints to who sent it should be present.
§1.10 The punctuation tokens should replace first name. Pet names and maiden names can not be used. If middle and/or last names are used a clear spacing should be present so it is clear that more names has been replaced!
§1.11 The punctuation tokens can be other symbols if the rimes clearly states that this is the case. Like “My name is written in airborne cats…”.
§1.12 The receiver needs to have the letter at least 7 days before easter Sunday. 14 days before easter Sunday is good practice and the most polite time frame to give the receiver.
Guessing who’s the sender
§2.1 If the receiver guesses that a person is a sender and it is not the correct a chocolate egg needs to be given to the person which was falsely accused of sending the letter.
§2.2 The receiver has as many guesses that he/she wants.
§2.3 The receiver can insinuate without directly guessing to collect more data on who sent the letter.
§2.4 If the receiver guesses at the correct sender then the sender needs to give a chocolate egg to the receiver and the competition ends.
Claiming the chocolate egg
§3.1 The sender of the letter can claim the chocolate egg easter Sunday or Monday. If the sender forgets to claim the egg in this time frame, the claim can be declared void by the receiver.
§3.2 The egg needs to be of chocolate. Both white and dark chocolate is accepted.
§3.3 It should not have expired. The winner of the “gække”-letter competition can at all time insist the other part to eat some of the chocolate egg. This ensures some quality of the egg.
§3.4 The egg needs to weigh at least 20 g but can of course be heavier. The egg is weighed without wrapping!
§3.5 The egg needs to be delivered within 7 days of the claim.
§3.6 If someone else owes the looser of the competition an egg, this claim can not be swapped to solve the winner’s claim.
§3.7 It is considered bad manners if pictures of the chocolate egg is posted on social medias along with bragging comments, without the looser’s consent.
Spam – Volume
§4.1 If the receiver of a “gække”-letter already had received 10 other letters the 11th can be declared void.
§4.2 A sender can only send 1 letter to a receiver per Easter.
§4.3 The sender and receiver can not be the same person.