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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 15, 1984, Tokyo, JapanTuesday May 15, 1984 Pacific stars and stripes consumer 15the fun of games. Sex Givets up a cribbage tourney Lincoln neb. Up when a group of English noblemen invented cribbage they prob ably never dreamed that 350 years later there would be a $1 million tournament of the game of cards and pegs. But John Wunderlich 62, is planning a tournament for the game he believes is the fastest growing tournament sport in the world. The $1 million grand prize is to be awarded following the tournament finals scheduled july 2 4, 1985 in Lincoln. Wunderlich a retired military Man from Lincoln and a longtime cribbage player is tournament director and president of the million Dollar cribbage tournament inc. Cribbage is played with a regular of cards and a Peg Board. The object is to win Points and move a Peg around the Board. The first player who gets a Peg to the end of the Board is the Winner. It takes some learning. It s not difficult or i would t have Learned to play Wunderlich said jokingly. But it takes some skill. I started when i was 6 years old at my Mother s knee. First you watch someone else play and then you Start was invented 350 years ago by English Blue bloods Wunderlich said. For 340 years it was a game families played while sitting around the Kitchen table. It was not popular As a tournament game until about seven years ago when the american crib Bage Congress a membership of cribbage players developed a tournament scoring system he said. Since then the popularity of cribbage tournaments has skyrocketed. Although the Luck of the Deal partly determines How Well a player will do Success depends heavily on the Way a player discards plays and counts the value of the card s numerical combinations he than 4 million americans play cribbage but Many do not know How much company they have Wunderlich said. They re there he said. But they just Don t know each other. Cribbage tournaments bring them two Small tournaments held a few years ago in Lincoln resulted in the formation of a cribbage league. Eight teams of five members each meet to play cribbage every other week. Cribbage is one of the few games that does not require any special Talent. People from All walks of life play the game tiddlywinks just like or. Dangerfield get no respect Gaithersburg my. Up the next time you get Down in the dumps and need some perspective just think of tiddlywinks the Rodney Dangerfield of games. Much maligned by the masses As a silly diversion for children the game that like Dangerfield Don t get no respect is taken very seriously by a chosen few adults in great Britain and the United states including members of the North american tiddly winks association. People think of tiddlywinks and they think of the kids game said Larry Kahn of Gaithersburg head of the association and the world s reigning singles and doubles tiddlywinks Champion. But he said it involves a very High level of strategy. It s a combination of chess and billiards. There s a lot of thinking and a lot of physical shots you have to Why then does the general Public think of tiddlywinks As simply a kids game because it is a kids game Kahn said. Indeed tiddlywinks was invented in the late 1800s As a game in which children shot winks Small round discs into a cup. It was t until 1954 that tournament tiddlywinks was developed by two Cambridge University students who it has been written were not athletic and thought it would be Good for their resumes to have competed at something particularly against Oxford. The tournament game came to the United states in the mid-1960s when schools As Harvard Massachusetts Institute of technology and Cornell formed teams. Today Kahn said there Are 50 serious types. Tournament Type players who might participate in the annual Continentals team championships held in february. In this country most of the people who play Are very mathematically oriented. Probably be cause we be recruited players in those Type schools said Kahn 30, an Mit graduate and an Ocean Engineer in the Washington d.c., area. Like most games tiddlywinks or winks As Winkers Call it has developed a Lingo All its own. Potting is to put a Wink in the cup. Potting out is to put All your winks in the cup one Way to win. So popping is shooting a Wink on top of an opponents Wink another Way to score Points and win. A piddle group Bristol Boondocks and blow out Are types of shots. Finally a squid Ger is the plastic disc a Winker uses to shoot. They come in different sizes depending on the shot desired like Golf clubs Kahn said. There s no tiddly he Are a real Knockdown Amherst mass. Up Erez Klein dreams of gingerly nudging a single wooden Domino to set More than 1 million dominoes enough to form a Tower 20 times the height of the world Trade Center toppling continuously for the next hour. This is just a Hobby for us said the 22-year-old Hampshire College Junior with a slight smile. But we take it very Klein and a partner hold the world record for Domino toppling. But a West German Man has toppled More than 280,000 dominoes threatening to unseat they want to topple 1,111,111 of the rectangular game tiles to secure their record forever. We will set it once and for All and retire Klein said. Once you hold the record you kind of want to hold onto stacked one on the other 1 million dominoes would Tower 20 times the height of new York City s tallest building he said. Lined up the 25 tons of dominoes would form an eight mile line that he said would take six hours to fall. But Klein and John Wickman 22, now a computer Programmer in Greenville s.c., have More intricate plan in mind. On aug. 24, 1480, the pair set the world record in Hakonen Japan by making 255,389 dominoes in 14 colors fall in continuous gagging Rube Gold Berg like configurations that formed patterns launched rockets and even cooked an egg. It took Klein and Wickman a month working Between eight and 14 hours a Day to Lay out the dominoes one by one by hand. Klein estimates it will take 63 Days to set up the 1 million Domino topple. We put stoppers in every thousand or so to prevent accidents from mice cockroaches butterflies whatever he said. The pair started toppling dominoes while they were living outside Chicago when Wickman s sister gave him a Box of dominoes As a joke. They started setting them up to fall in Wickman s basement and just kept getting More Complex he just develop the patterns in our Heads and go from there said Klein who studies videotapes of his topples in slow motion to learn. Trial and error and West German topple still must be certified by guinness Book of world records officials who Klein said May disqualify the attempt because plastic imitation dominoes were used instead of genuine Black Maple tiles. Although Klein can recite the dimensions of a Domino without hesitation he never played the game and says he does t even know the rules. "1 Don t even know How to play and i Don t have any interest in learning either he said. Once you re finished with a big topple you Don t even want to see the Damn things any and the Young can play the old. Here s a tournament you Don t have to spend your life becoming proficient at Wunderlich tournaments have been held before but this is the first one with a $1 million prize. Wunderlich has received phone Calls from across the country from would be participants. Entries Are limited to 32,768 players who will be paired in local said he expects preliminary matches to begin this summer with the 64 finalists travelling to Lincoln. Each participant must pay a $35 entry fee. The fees will be used to pay the $1 million prize in 10 annual payments of $100,000. All finalists will receive smaller Cash prizes and $100,000 will go to said he will receive no Money himself because he is organizing the tournament for the fun of m retired. I m having the most fun i be Ever had in my life. I can see cribbage doing for Lincoln neb., what a Little Muddy car race did for for further information on the tournament write Box 30803, Lincoln neb., 68503. Three Down a i Tate editor s note when it comes to cryptic from the greek Krypton hidden crosswords the Likely has a British and across England the conversation consists of crossword clues that baffle and bewilder the word game Tyro beginner 8 letters London a three Down cause disturbance in a private american gallery 7letters a yes of course All around Britain Over Bacon and eggs or Riding the train to work thousands of hands Jot the seven letter solution into place and move on say to 12 Down outdated he meant to Reform 4-5 we re talking of course about crossword puzzles. But not just any crossword Puzzle. These Are English cryptic crossword puzzles which for More than 50 years have been engrossing enraging and in capturing the English and Are catching on in the United crossword Puzzle seems to Bear out the adage that Britain and America Are two countries separated by a common language. Where most american puzzles Are a simple test of vocabulary and general knowledge English puzzles Are word games puns an anagrams designed less to educate than to suppose crosswords have something that appeals to the English passion for riddles for puzzles for charades says Barbara Hall the 61-year-old language wizard who has been compiling the weekly sunday times Cross word for eight York Magazine which introduced the sunday times Puzzle to americans billed it the world s most it in tas Hall readily admits. The daily times Puzzle is harder and the weekly listener Magazine s is As impenetrable to the uninitiated As a Cricket match the key is mental agility. Some words Are abbreviations others Are anagrams. Punctuation is mostly misleading. A grounding i aristocratic titles gardening Shakespeare railway terms Cockney accents scottish Lang and obscure synonyms is valuable. That three Down clue for instance cause disturbance in a private american it Means that a synonym for causing a disturb Ance is hidden in a private american gallery. But the private is something of a re herring. It actually refers to an american private or i. So Combine a i with the Tat gallery in London and you have a i Tate
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