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Tit Tat Toe


DRAW a large circle on a slate
with a very small one in its centre,
then from one to the other draw lines
like the spokes of a wheel,
and put a number in every space
between the spokes from one upward.
The more spokes and spaces the better.

In the small inner circle 100 is written.
The first player then begins by holding
a slate pencil upright with its point
in the space marked 1

Closing her eyes, she shifts the pencil
round the wheel step by step, saying:
"Tit, tat, toe, my first go,
Three jolly butcher boys all in a row.
Stick one up, stick one down,
Stick one in the old man's crown."

With die last words she opens her eyes,
and writes down the number of the space
in which the pencil is resting.

The next player then takes the pencil
and begins" tit, tat, toeing,"
and when all have had a turn
the scores are counted up,
the one who has the highest number winning.

Any player who puts the pencil into
the inner circle scores 100
and wins at once

while those who let it rest on a line or spoke
must pass it on to the next member of the party
without scoring anything.



 


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