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patents have been issued for similar
style games. The name comes from
a British slang word for a pub where
people regularly play games. In
France it is known as “jeu de puce”or
the Game of Fleas because the winks
jump around like fleas. It has also
been known as Spoof, Flipperty Flop,
Jumpkins, Golfette, Maro and Flutter.
It became one of the most popular
crazes during the 1890s played by
both adults and children.
Tiddleywinks became a popular
game on the campus of Cambridge
University in England in the late
1940s and in 1955 students orga-
nized “Tournament Tiddlewinks”
that used standardized equipment.
The pot is always red plastic and
the winks are made in Italy. Squidg-
ers which are used to flip the winks,
are custommade by their owners.. A
top player might carry twenty differ-
ent squidgers made of plastic, glass,
rubber, cork or onyx.
In 1962 a team from Oxford toured
the United States and defeated ev-
ery team it faced. In 1966, the North
American Tiddlywinks Association
was founded with teams from MIT,
Harvard, Cornell and Waterloo (Can-
ada).Pots aremolded plastic and his-
torically red. Winks are made in Italy
to specified requirements Squidgers
are custom made by their owners.
Tournament play has a vocabulary
unique to the sport:
Potting
- flicking a wink into the
cup
Squop shot
- when a wink is flipped
onto an opponent’s wink, thus im-
mobilizing it.
Blitz
- an attempt to pot all six winks
of a player’s colors early in the game.
Bomb
- to send a wink into a pile
from a distance to disrupt it.
Boondock
- to free a squopped wink
by sending it a long way away.
Bristol
- a shot which moves a pile
of two or more winks as a single unit
by holding the squidger at a right
angle to its normal plane.
Carnovsky (US) Penhaligon(UK)
- potting a wink from the base-
line 3 feet away.
Cracker
- a simultaneous
knock-off and squop shot which
knocks one wink off the top of
another while simultaneously
squopping it.
Crud
- a forceful shot whose
purpose is to destroy a pile com-
pletely.
Good Shot
– named after John
Good that consists of playing a
flat wink through a nearby pile
with the intent of destroying the pile.
Gromp
- an attempt to jump a pile
onto another wink with the squidg-
er held in the conventional manner
rather that Bristol fashion.
John Lennon Memorial Shot
- a si-
multaneous boondock and squop.
Lunch
- to pot a squopped wink
belonging to an opponent.
Scrounge
(UK) - to bounce out
of the pot.
Squidger
- the disc used to
shoot a wink.
Squop
- to play a wink so that
it becomes to rest above another
wink.
Sub
- to play a wink so that it
ends up unintentionally under
another wink.
Winker
– a person who plays Tid-
dlywinks.
A statement overheard at a Tid-
dlywinks Tournament: “I can’t pot
my nurdled wink, so I’ll piddle you
free and you can boondock a red.
But if Sunshine gromps the double,
I’ll lunch a blue the next time.”Trans-
lated it would mean: “My wink is
too close to the cup to pot it, so
instead I’ll gently shoot you out
from under the pile and you can
shoot an opponents red wink
off the table but if Sunshine
captures two of our winks with
only one of his, I’ll pot an oppo-
nents blue wink on my next turn
(Sunshine is the nickname of a
famous American winker).
Dominoes
originated in China and
made their way to Italy in the 18th
century. A European set of dominoes
consists of 28 pieces which includes
the 21 possibilities of throwing two
six-sided dice with the addition of the
combination of a blank side, thus you
have blank/blank; one/blank; two/
blank; three/blank etc. The marks or
dots, are called pips. There are many
variations of the game. Dominoes are
also used in a “domino show” where
hundreds of dominoes are set on
edge and then toppled.
Shut the Box
is a game known
around the world.There are referenc-
es to the game in the 12th century in
Normandy. It is also known as Canga,
Klackers, Zoltan Box, Batten Down
the Hatches or High Rollers. It is of-
ten played in English pubs. And since
it uses dice, it is often considered a
gamblers game.
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