The OED suggests this parlour game was also known as…

cross-questions and crooked answers: a game of questions and answers in which a ludicrous effect is produced by connecting questions and answers which have nothing to do with one another; as e.g. the question of one’s neighbour on the right with the answer given to another question by one’s neighbour on the left.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

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A question-and-answer game with forfeits. (26 December 1666)
(L&M Large Glossary)

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.