SKITTLES. The game of skittles differs materially from that of ninepins, though the same number of pins is required in both. In performing the latter, the player stands at a distance settled by mutual consent of the parties concerned, and casts the bowl at the pins: the contest is, to beat them all down at the fewest throws. In playing at skittles there is a double exertion; one by bowling, the other by tipping: the first is performed at a given distance, and the second standing close Co the frame upon which the pins are placed, and throwing the bowl through in the midst of them : in both cases the number of pins beaten down before the return of the bowl, for it usually passes beyond the frame, are called fair, and reckoned to the account of the player; but those that fall by the coming back of the bowl are said to he foul, and of course not counted. One chalk or score is reckoned for every fair pin; and the game of skittles consists in obtaining thirty-one chalks precisely : less loses, or at least gives the antagonist a chance of -winning the game; and more requires the player to go again for nine, which must also be brought exactly, to secure himself.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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