Playful procedures and systematic stratagems [provide] keys to unlock the door to the unconscious and to release the visual and verbal poetry of collective creativity.
— Mel Gooding, Intro to Surrealist Games, 1993
Through its inherent time-lapse and random nature, The Question and Answer Game creates an opening, a pregnant pause between question and answer. This pause, and the element of chance, are the keys to its inventiveness. Previously unrecognized thoughts are given an opportunity to jump in.