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I started thinking about games that come with timers. I discovered that Francois Valentyne (oize) made a Geeklist over a year ago that featured electronic timers http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi..., but he intentionally omitted sand timers from the list.

Here is a list of games that come with sand timers. The timer appears in all pictures below, although you may have to enlarge the picture to see it.

The games don't all use timers for the same purpose, as I explain below.
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1. Board Game: TAMSK [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1587] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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This game deserves to be at the head of the list, since there are multiple timers and the whole game is built around moving them before they run out.
 
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2. Board Game: Evergreen [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:12430]
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In this and the next game, individual turns are limited by a timer. When we think of a timer for chess or Fearsome Floors we are thinking of this kind of limitation, but it seems to be fairly rare for sand timers to be used this way.
 
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3. Board Game: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:13925]
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In this game the wind changes if a player hasn't completed his or her move before the timer runs out.
 
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4. Board Game: Taboo [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1670]
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A more common use for sand timers is for party games, where players have to guess one or more things before the timer runs out. This and the next 2 games exemplify this. Here players on a team try to guess as many secret words as possible.
 
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5. Board Game: Squint [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4363]
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Somebody has to guess the secret word before the time runs out, based on the juxtaposition of cards with basic shapes on them.
 
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6. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:398]
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The team has to guess as many names as possible before the timer runs out.
 
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7. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:857]
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In this and the next 3 games, players have until the timer runs out to complete a certain task. Here each player tries to complete a collection of colored gems before the timer runs out.
 
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8. Board Game: Boggle [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2042]
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Here all players have until the timer runs out to find words in the 4 x 4 letter grid (or 5 x 5 for Big Boggle).
 
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9. Board Game: Facts in Five [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3970]
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Players have five minutes by the timer to come up with things in five categories starting with five initial letters.
 
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10. Board Game: Dragon's Gold [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1585]
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Here the players who contributed to slaying a dragon have until the timer runs out (1 minute) to agree on how to split the loot.
 
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11. Board Game: Tisby [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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The last category for timer use is when it gets started by the first player to finish his or her turn. Up to this point there is no time limit, but after the timer is started everyone else must hurry up or suffer the consequences.
 
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12. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:349]
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The original RoboRally did not have a timer, but the new one does. Most people seem to think it's a good addition to the game.
 
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13. Board Game: Tuf-abet [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:12802]
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Another pressed-for-time word game with a timer. Three timers, in fact. 3-, 2-, and 1-minute timers. Also, this is a neat game in that it's a member of the "Thousands Club." It's game ID is #5000.
 
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14. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:4007]
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Guess what's being drawn before time runs out.
 
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15. Board Game: Spellbound [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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There's a place at the top of the cube tower where the blue-sand timer fits during game play. Timer is used for just that--timing each of the four wordplay rounds, which differ depending on the side of the tower facing you.
 
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16. Board Game: Tuf [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:13795]
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The original math oriented one..
 
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17. Board Game: Foil [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13201]
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Another old bookshelf game with a sand timer.

Players try to form words, then scramble them and their opponents get to try to figure them out.

I have a copy, but haven't found a willing victim yet.
 
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18. Board Game: 25 Words or Less [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:3180]
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25 Words or Less also has a timer. The point of the game is to give clues with very few words (one member of each time bids for a low number and the lowest bid has to try to pull it off). However, in our games, teams fail far mor often NOT because they run out of words but because they run out of time.
 
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19. Board Game: Cranium [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6581]
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I should have remembered this one much earlier. Since Cranium borrows from other games, it borrows the timer along with the rest.
 
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20. Board Game: Word Jam [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:9448]
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Word Jam has a nice 20-second timer. For those of us who lock up under stress, this is probably the worst there is.
 
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21. Board Game: Quicksand [Average Rating:4.87 Unranked]
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Like TAMSK, the timers are integral to the play (the pawns ARE the timers).

Movement and the ability to turn a timer over are up to the die roll, though.
 
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22. Board Game: Time is Money [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:6942]
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An electronic timer, but as I recall, you don't get to see it. You just determine when to shut it off (hoping to end your turn exactly when the timer says you should have). Frantic game.
 
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23. Board Game: Spill and Spell [Average Rating:5.14 Overall Rank:14712]
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Just what this list needs! Another dice rolling word game!
 
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You have to guess the object before the time runs out.
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