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Saturday 1st November 2014
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Who was Simon in "Simon Says"?

Question

"Simon Says put your hands on your head." Who was Simon?
Mark, Radlett

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Daniel, West End
Qualification: Read a book about the history of children’s games
Answer: It originated in Rome and it was a famous Italian politician called Cicero. They used to say “Cicero dicit fac hoc” which translates as “Cicero says do this”. It was changed to Simon in the 1264 when the Earl of Leicester Simon de Montfort captured King Henry III. For the next year, any order Henry III gave was superceded by what Simon Says, which later became a game.

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