Bingo is an easy game to learn, so you’ll quickly pick up the calls you’ll hear within a game. So, it’s time to properly familiarise yourself with some of the best odd-numbered calls within the game!
Carry on reading to potentially learn one of your new favourite calls that appear in land-based games, or potentially during Bingo online…
1 – Kelly’s eye
It would be wrong not to begin with the first call of them all – there are a few meanings for this call. One of the main ones is military slang, coming from one of Australia’s most notorious outlaws (Ned Kelly) and his helmet with an eye slot, which resembles number one.
3 – Cup of tea
This call may be different depending on where your game is being played, but in the UK, the Brits love drinking tea – and it rhymes!
5 – Man alive
This is one of the most popular Bingo calls, and that’s simply because it rhymes, as do some of the most famous calls!
9 – Doctor’s orders
During the Second World War, ‘number 9′ is the name of the pill that the military doctors gave to the sick. It was a powerful laxative that was claimed to rid the body of all illnesses – much different from what you’d be prescribed now!
13 – Unlucky for some
This is another call that has stood the test of time, mainly because most of Western culture many believe 13 to be unlucky, although this isn’t the case in this chance-based game.
25 – Duck and dive
This call has a double meaning! It rhymes visually, the number two is a duck and the number five is a snake, which the duck should dive away from.
53 – Here comes Herbie
If you are an old-time Disney film watcher, you’d know that 53 is the number of the VW Beetle Herbie car that was featured in these films during the 1960s.
Why not revisit these movies and see which of Walt Disney’s films you can spot them in?
55 – Snakes alive
This one has a visual meaning, as it looks like a couple of snakes ready to pounce.
57 – Heinz varieties
If you’re a lover of Heinz baked beans, you’ll notice that this number features in its logo on the packaging – five was the founder’s lucky number and seven was his wife’s.
59 – Brighton Line
There are a few ideas on where this call came from – and it rhymes!
However, some think it’s the Brighton to London train number, although it could also be that the original Brighton landline numbers all began with 59.
69 – Any way up
If you look at the number 69 upside down, it’s still 69 so it’s the same any way up.
89 – Nearly there
With 89 being so close to the last number, 90 – we are nearly at the end of the possible calls for a 90-ball Bingo game.
With some of the best odd-numbered calls, try a classic game and see which calls you could potentially be shouting “Bingo” too!