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Tiddlywinks Bibliography

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The Tiddlywinks Bibliography is a compendium of all substantive and obscure citations to the game of tiddlywinks in all available resources:  newspapers, magazines, books, government records, images, audio, video, websites, etc.  In other words, if the game of tiddlywinks was mentioned either briefly or in detail, it should be in the Tiddlywinks Bibliography.

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Video and Audio


1926 Tiddly-Winks. Universal Pictures Corp. Short comedy film directed by Slim Summerville and starring Arthur Lake, Isobel Milestone, and Billy Engle. Content unknown. (see Copyrights)

Hollywood Party. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed by Roy Rowland and starring Jimmy Durante

  • Laurel and Hardy appear at the door while the party is happening. They sold the lions to Baron Munchausen (Jack Pearl) and he paid with a cheque for 50,000 tiddlywinks and they want the lions back.
1935 Top Hat. RKO Radio Pictures. (Fred Astaire says "No Horace, and it isn't tiddlywinks, either.") (75% through) video in VHS format (NATwA)

The Irish in Us. Warner Bros. Comedy.

  • And you know yourself, Pat, Lucien "Tiddlywinks" O'Malley wasn't bad at all until he got into the ring.
Digital copy (NATwA)
1940 The Green Archer serial, Chapter 8: Garr Castle is Robbed Digital copy (NATwA)

Meet John Doe. Frank Capra. (see Los Angeles Times, 14 Jun 1992)

  • free people can "beat the world at anything, from war to tiddlywinks, if we all pull in the same direction."

A Dangerous Game.

Synopsis from the American Film Institute catalog of mtion pictures produced in the United States: Feature Films, Volume 1, Number 1, page 539.

  • Biggsby goes into the communal living room, where he becomes outraged when he discovers that his tiddleywinks game is missing.
  • The detective tells Biggsby that he has ordered Anne to change Olaf's medication and that he knows Biggsby poisoned the physicians' drinks with his tiddleywinks chips
1952 The Quiet Man. Argosy Pictures/Republic Pictures, John Ford. (Vicar says to Sean Thornton (John Wayne) "Do you play tiddlywinks?")

Donald in Mathmagic Land. Walt Disney, Buena Vista Productions. Donald Duck. At 16:46 into video per subtitles

  • What's Next?

1964 Zulu. Embassy. (Winking World 6, page 7).
1965 The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders. Kim Novak appears flicking coins into a glass.
1979 Sunburn. Paramount. (Art Carney says "The mafia don't play tiddlywinks.")
1990 The Awakenings. 1940s-era tiddlywinks set on shelf in opening scenes.

Melinda and Melinda.

  • Greg: What do you do for exercise?
    Hobie: Tiddly winks. And an occasional anxiety attack.


Mar 1958 News. Goons Match.
7 Mar 1958

Fox Movietone News. "Coin Tossing Sport Tiddly Winks". Goons Match.

  • CU [Cambridge University] Tiddly Wink Cup. MS Goon team come onto platform, MS Goons wave, CU Milligan & Secombe, (sof) John Snagge reads Prince Philips message, TS Game, CU Sellars,CU Secombe, CU Milligan, TS Play, CU Cup counters go in, CU Secombe

Television Coverage and Appearances—United States

Mar 1958 CBS coverage of Goons match
~9 May 1958 CBS coverage of Cambridge-Oxford match
1958 Philadelphia coverage of University of Pennsylvania team
late Jun 1962 CBS filming of Oxford team in London
1962 Others for both Oxford and Harvard, including probable New York coverage of Oxford
1962 To Tell the Truth game show—Oxford winker Notable
Dec 1962 Harvard, 15 minute demonstration on national TV (Winking World 4, page 9)
1962 or 1963 Tonight Show talk/variety show—Harvard winker Notable
21 Jan 1963 I've Got a Secret game show—Harvard Notable
1969 Boston coverage of 1969 Continentals
3 Mar 1969 Charles Kuralt—On the Road, CBS Evening News for 5 minutes Important; video (NATwA)
12 Mar 1969 What's My Line game show—Mitch Wand Notable
13 Apr 1970 Tonight Show talk/variety show—Phil Villar after 1970 Continentals Notable
1970 Dave Garroway Show? talk show (in Boston—Moishe & L after 1970 Continentals
1971 Toronto (of Continentals?)
~1972 Provo UT on network television
1972 or 1973 To Tell the Truth game show—Tim Schiller
~13 Apr 1974 Toronto news show; Bill Renke at 1974 Canadian Pairs
Jan 1976 NBC Grandstand (during football halftime). Larry Kahn's hand, Harvard Lampoon
25 Apr 1977 WCVB Channel 5 Boston MA (ABC). Good Day Show talk/variety show. 9 am - 10:30 am. Charles Frankston and book author Paul Dickson
Jul 1977 WBZ Channel 4 Boston MA (NBC). 6 O'Clock News Sports segment. Jimmy Myers, sportscaster. Rich Steidle, Charles Frankston, Rick Tucker, and Joe Sachs. Taped in room 400, MIT Student Center, 5 Jul 1977.
3, 5 May 1978 Ithaca NY (according to TV listings in 29 Apr 1978 Ithaca Journal)
Dec 1978 Lockwood, 4 New York stations. News spots re exhibition at Morsan's store. Channels 2, 5, 9, and 4 or 11?.
14 Dec 1978 New York WOR-TV interview of Lockwood filmed
? Rocky III joke on local news in Boston.
27 Feb 1980

Real People variety show, NBC-TV (filmed 21 Nov 1979); Dave Lockwood vs. Harvey Mudd College student in California. Part of the show intro included a teaser; segment ran from around 8:01 pm to 8:08 EST. Mentioned in various TV listings (see TV Guide and newspaper listings).

[repeated 30 Jul 1980]

Jun 1980 To Tell the Truth game show—Dave Lockwood (recorded). Notable
Aired 24 Nov 1980 in Boston
Aired 29 Dec 1980 in New York—10 am WABC
Aired Chicago, San Francisco
2-3 Aug 1980 WPIX-TV, New York NY news show. Dave Lockwood vs. Larry Kahn. Filmed at MIT Club of New York, 41st St. Drew Scott, newscaster, Severin Drix, commentator. Video intros at 11:39 pm, 11:52 pm. Audio intro at 11:57 pm. Actual segment at 12:03 to 12:04 am.
1980 Games People Play, NBC-TV. Cambridge University and Oxford might appear (Winking World 36 p2)
9 or 10 Feb 1981 KFSN Channel 30 Fresno CA (CBS). 3 minute film piece on sports news. Tim Schiller appeared.
14 Feb 1981 KFSN Channel 30 Fresno CA (CBS). Report after first day of Continentals
16 Feb 1981 KFSN Channel 30 Fresno CA (CBS). Report of final Continentals scores with short film clip.
Apr 1981 Filming of PM/Evening Magazine news/variety show by WNEP-TV Channel 16 Avoca PA. Filmed in Ithaca NY. Coverage of Pairs.
13-14 Feb 1982 Filming of PM/Evening Magazine news/variety show by WBZ-TV (?) Boston. Filmed in MIT Sala. Coverage of Continentals.
Apr or May 1982—6 minute segment broadcast by WBZ-TV (?).
25 Apr 1982 WIXT Channel 9 Syracuse NY, on the 5:30 to 6:00 news.
Bud's Journal on the "Foster-father of North American Tiddlywinks" about Severin Drix. Hosted by Bud Hechinger, produced by Bob Pierce. video in U-matic format (NATwA/Drix)
15 Feb 1984 WFSU-TV Florida State University
21 Feb 1984 WFSU-TV Florida State University
4 Dec 1985 WWRC-TV Channel 4 Washington DC, on the Live at 5 news show, Steve Doocy's segment. Video intro at 5:51 pm. Segment ran 5:56 pm to 5:59 pm. Re Larry Kahn, world champion. video (NATwA)
1 Mar 1986 Cable News Network. Video footage of tiddlywinks. am.
week of 24 Nov 1986 CNN coverage of English Singles
14 Dec 1986 WTBS-TV Channel 17 Atlanta GA, on a Sunday morning magazine show. Coverage of English Singles, including Jon Mapley
25 Mar 1987 Good Morning America news/variety show, ABC-TV, 7 am to 9 am. Appearance of Steve McKee promoting his book, The Call of the Game. Mentions tiddlywinks video in VHS format (NATwA)
week of 12 Jan 1987 WMAR-TV Channel 2 Baltimore MD, on the 11 o'clock news. Interview of Kahn. video in VHS format (Kahn)
11 Jul 1987 WMGM-TV Channel 40, Wildwood-Atlantic City NJ. Newscenter 40 news, 11:25 pm. Coverage of Ocean City NJ demonstration.
late Jul 1988 Jeopardy, syndicated game show. 9 minutes into show.
Regular Jeopardy, category "Games", $400 answer: "Game in which a player can achieve squopping with his squidger, the larger disc". No player attempted it.
21 Sep 1988 WJZ-TV Channel 13, Baltimore MD. On 6 pm news at 6:28 pm (teaser) and after (before 7 pm). Interview of Jon Mapley. video in VHS format (NATwA)
22 Sep 1988 WMAR-TV Channel 2, Baltimore MD. On local nightly news at 12:30 am. Results of World Singles, showing Larry Kahn.
17 Jan 1989 CNN Crossfire, 7:34 pm ET. LSU head basketball coach Dale Brown: "That doesn't mean taking tiddlywinks and basketweaving."
after 29 Jul 1989

CBS This Morning, the Osgood Files. Coverage of World Pairs 8, 28-29 July 1989, where Dave Lockwood and Jim Marlin defeated previous champions Larry Kahn and Charles Relle.

[This may have been broadcast on 25 Sep 1989]

Digital video screener (NATwA)
25 Sep 1989 CBS The Early Show: Tiddlywinks Championship To be retrieved
4 Dec 1989 CBS Magazine of the Air on American Airlines, eastbound. Coverage of World Pairs on 28 July 1989 between Dave Lockwood & Jim Marlin and Larry Kahn & Charles Relle.
20 Jul 1994 Jeopardy, syndicated game show. (Newswink mentioned in answer under the category "Organizations")
Oct 1994 Cleveland OH., around 10:55 pm ET. Coverage of promotional winks event at the Elise Newman Gallery arranged by Marg Calhoun.
Nov 1994 (expected) Larry Kahn appearance on Newark NJ station’s program.
12 Jan 1995 CourtTV. Judge Lance Ito (OJ Simpson Trial): "For all I know they may be playing tiddlywinks." transcript

Television Coverage and Appearances—United Kingdom

26 Feb 1958 Sportsview—probably BBC
1 Mar 1958

BBC. "Tiddley Winks Match - Cambridge vs. the Goons". 1 minute 39 seconds.

  • The Duke of Edinburgh, President of the National Playing Fields Association sent a message to the 2 teams playing. Cambridge University won by 70 points. The captain of the Goons, Spike Milligan was interviewed afterwards.
    C/U Tiddley Winks, SOF up Snagge (&): SOF starts: "Please give my best wishes to the two teams taking part...", game starts, playing, shots of game - leans in 80, crowd, hands up, Spike Milligan interviewed (90).



Mar 1958 ITV coverage of Goons match Important
18 Mar 1958 Movietone. "A Fine Old Sport"

Digital screener (NATwA, to be licensed) (


1958 Tape recording of Goons match made by David Evans from BBC broadcasts. LP record produced from tape.
Jun 1958 Coverage of Cambridge-Bristol match
Jul 1958 Television Wales & West—John Evans of Cambridge
1958 Other appearances by John Evans
26 Feb 1959

Reuters TV - Visnews, Oxford vs. Cambridge - Tiddlywinks

  • Visnews was at Cambridge Feb 26 to film the first official inter-university tiddly winks match between Oxford and Cambridge. After a two hour battle, Cambridge University smashed a first-class Oxford side to become the all-England Tiddlywinks champions.

    The Cambridge team - already world champions after their fighting victory last year over the Goons (members of the radio programme cast of the Goon Show) won by 64 points to 48.
1 Mar 1959

BBC. News review. 48 seconds.

  • Cambridge were at home to Oxford in the first official inter-Varsity tiddlywinks match in aid of the National Playing Fields Association. Cambridge won by 64 points to 48, and became all-England champions.
To be retrieved (
30 Mar 1959

British Movietone News. "Into Battle - Tiddlywinks". 44 seconds

  • A world championship tiddlywinks match took place in London, with General Sir Hugh Stockwell (a Suez commander) captaining a team against Cambridge University. It was in aid of the Playing Fields Association. The London team is backed by Prince Philip who sent a message. SHOTLIST: CU wink being tiddled into cup (key). Semi GV game in progress. CU Sir H Stockwell bending over table. TS CU winks being tiddled. MS Denis Compton playing. CU winks falling into cup. CU Terry Thomas bending over table. CU wink falling into cup. Semi GV games in progress. MS opposing team. MS member playing. Another same. CU Terry Thomas takes a drink.
Digital copy (NATwA)
4 Feb 1966 Interview with Geoffrey Scott of Queens Tiddlywinks Club, Queens University, Belfast (additional link)
~19 Feb 1961 BBC & Anglia. Oxford vs. Cambridge (Winking World 1 page 3)
7 Apr 1961 5:55 pm

ITV Early Evening News. "Tiddlywinks Trophy Final". First Prince Philip Silver Wink competition. Oxford over Cambridge (Winking World 2 page 1)

Duration: 54 seconds.

  • Final of the Inter-Universities Tournament was won by Oxford; the captain was presented by Spike Milligan with 'The Silver Wink', a trophy donated to the tournament by the Duke of Edinburgh
Additional digital version
1962-63 University College London on BBC & ITV
~2-3 Jan 1964 Sixth Northern Junior Championships (Winking World 5 page 1)
Jan 1964 Coverage of talk about changing the name of the game (Winking World 5 page 8)
26 Apr 1964

British Pathé. "Student Rag"/"All the fun of the student rage, with pram pushing, tiddlywinks and piano smashing" and cuts/outakes from shoot

  • Sloane Square, London.

    Students from London Universities raise money for charities by performing various stunts in their annual rag. The camera follows a pram race, with one student with a potty on his head, one in pyjamas, and a girl sucking a lolly sitting in a pram. We also follow a tiddlywinks race in Kensington High Street, where the students are seen trying to get a tiddlywink back from a drain, and try to prise the drain cover off with an umbrella. [...]
Original (British Pathé, master tape PM0275, canister CP 487, plus also cuts (outakes))
15 Feb 1965 BBC (Scotland) and Granada. Martin O'Shea, Helen Mathers, Charles McLeod, Iain Brodie. Demo and interview. (Winking World 8 page 16)
11 Mar 1965 x, Tiddlywinks at City Centre
~4 Apr 1965 BBC (Midland Region). 1965 Congress. (Winking World 8 page 11)
~21 Apr 1965 BBC (Welsh Region). England vs. Wales. Penny Gardner & Pat Bonham. (Winking World 8 pages 3, 11)
~Apr-Oct 1965 BBC2 panel game show Pick the WInner. Tony Herbert & Geoff Wilsher
~Apr-Oct 1965 BBC2 Late Night Line-Up. Geoff Wilsher
~5 Jan 1966 BBC & Granada. Northern Junior Championships (Winking World 9 page 3)
~8 Jan 1967 First Irish Tiddlywinks Convention (2 appearances). (Winking World 11 page 7)
5 Apr 1968 BBC regional. Charles Relle appearance. (Winking World 13 page 1)


23 Dec 1970

BBC Nationwide. 1 minute 49 seconds.

  • Bob LANGLEY reports on the game of Tiddleywinks - a game of chance and therefore not allowed to be played in York.
To be retrieved
28 Mar 1972 BBC & ITV news. Tim Schiller, Franz Christ, and Alan Dean appear live on BBC for $30, and on ITV in the middle of the 1972 World Team Championship (Winking World 21 page 17)
8 Jan 1973

BBC. "Tiddleywinks Record Broken" with Ross McWhirter. 22 seconds

  • World record for non-stop tiddleywinks played by boys of a N. London School. Went on for just over a week. Goes into Guinness Book of Records
    var s boys at North London school play tiddleywinks; cs tiddleywinks goal sc- ored zo boys playing & Ross McWHIRTER announcing record (10') blackboard recording 170 hours non-stop play (14')
To be retrieved
26 Jan 1973

BBC. The Record Breakers with Roy Castle and Norris & Ross McWhirter

  • ITEM 03: TIDDLYWINKS: Ross visits Quintin-Kynaston School in St John's Wood, London to see some of its pupils set a new world record with a marathon game of tiddlywinks. (FILM: 1m10s)
To be retrieved
late Feb 1973 Both TV channels. Cambridge vs. Oxford at Christ's College. (Winking World 22 page 12)
1979 Match of the Day pilot film by Mike Moss. Jon Mapley, Nigel Knowles, and Alan Dean appear. (Winking World 34 page 2)
~14 Oct 1979 BBC East. Interview of Jon Mapley after National Singles.
1980 ITV interview with Jon Mapley re World Singles
13 Oct 1980

BBC. Blue Peter. 24 minutes 14 seconds (full show); 8 minutes 11 seconds (tiddlywinks segment)

  • ITEM 05: FROG GAME: Sarah shows viewers how to make an elaborate game of tiddlywinks with a frog pond motif. Game designed by Margaret PARNELL (8m11s)
To be retrieved
21 Nov 1980 BBC Today (South TV). Dave Lockwood interview.
10 Jul 1981

BBC. Nationwide.

  • Richard KERSHAW & Sue COOK take a look at some events in London and the South East over the weekend which viewers might want to join in or watch.
  • Events discussed are a world tiddlywinks championship in East London
  • EX LIB FILM: cs's tiddlywinks game (15.46-15.52);
To be retrieved
23 Dec 1985

BBC. "Queens': A Cambridge College: Being There"

  • 2nd in series looking at a year in the life of Queens' College Cambridge.The hec tic & confusing intro to life as a Cambridge student - concentrating on a medic who becomes ill & a mathematician who less the Light & converts to Christianity
  • var s' of "Winkers"(players of Tiddlywinks) at serious play(28.34-29.11)
To be retrieved
18 Feb 1986

ITV Yorkshire Television regional program. Tiddlywinks news item.

21 Nov 1988 (scheduled) BBC Look East. Coverage of English Singles in Cambridge, filmed 20 Nov 1988.
15 Dec 1995

BBC. "Broadcasting Shake Up". 1 minute 43 seconds

  • 1.00 at 15EC, 1m42s, incl s CARLTON AD mls Tiddlywinks players and Carlton name in corner of screen
To be retrieved
23 Feb 1997

BBC. The Eleventh Hour.

  • Cheryl BAKER, Gordon KENNEDY and Toby ANSTIS pres prog which encourages pple to take up new pursuits & leisure activities, Items inc Aikido; fifties; acupuncture;tiddlywinks;fashion recycler;falconery;market trader;firefighter.
  • ITEM 04:TIDDLYWINKS:Christine WIGGINS hobby is tiddlywinks.
To be retrieved
24 Sep 1997

ITV Yorkshire Television regional program. "Tiddlywinks Competition/Merchant Taylors Hall/York". 22 seconds

7 Nov 1997

BBC. "Record Breakers"

  • ITEM 05:TIDDLYWINKS:CHeryl + Kriss are joined by Patrick MOORE to witness the most exciting game of tiddlywinks ever.
  • INGLIS, Nick; RELLE, Charles; MOORE, Patrick; PURVIS, Andy; FAYERS, Matt; WIGGINS, Christine
To be retrieved
13 Oct 1998 ITV, "A Way with Words"
24 Oct 1998 ITV, "The Moment of Truth"
20 Mar 1999 BBC News 24
26 Dec 2001 BBC 2, "The Weakest Link" game show with winker Patrick Barrie as a contestant. All 9 contestants are national champions, from squash to tiddlywinks
24 Oct 2002

Reuters TV, Hot Under the Collar Productions. "British Duo Patrick Barrie and Ed Wynn are Crowned 24th World Pairs Tiddlywinks Champions in Cambridge". 2 minutes 26 seconds.

  • The 24th World Pairs Tiddlywinks Championship were won
    by Patrick Barrie and Ed Wynn from the UK who defeated the
    USA's Matt Fayers and Larry Kahn in Cambridge, England on
    Thursday (October 24).

    Tiddlywinks has been a serious adult game since it was
    developed by a group of Cambridge undergraduates in the

    The game is played on a rectangular mat with six plastic
    discs, called winks, two being 22 mm in diameter, four 16 mm
    in diameter. A disc called a squidger is used to play the
    winks. The aim of the game is to secure the highest number of
    points (tiddlies).

    Players take it in turns to take shots at the pot, earning
    an extra go if they succeed in potting their wink. If any wink
    is covered by another, the lower wink is said to be squopped
    and cannot be played, hence players can play tactically by
    capturing and guarding their opponents winks.

    Pairs matches last for 25 minutes each game, after which
    each colour has a further five rounds.

    The World Pairs Tiddlywinks Championship was played over
    seven games at Queens' College, Cambridge.

    Final Score: Patrick Barrie and Ed Wynn 26 1/2 - Matt Fayers
    and Larry Kahn 22 1/2.
16 Jul 2004 Paul McAuley, Irish Tiddlywinks Championships, Whites Tavern, with Dr. Stewart Sage
4 Feb 2008 Hot Under the Collar Productions "Quirky: World Tiddlywinks Championships". 7 minutes 44 seconds. Patrick Barrie and Larry Kahn talk about playing tiddlywinks. Larry Kahn plays Andy Purvis in World Singles. Stew Sage reads Winking World. Matt Fayers watches. Crowd of winkers claps. Andy Purvis talks about winning match. Digital copy (NATwA)
2008 or 2009 Rory and Paddy, "Great British Adventure" visited Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club

Television Coverage and Appearances—Canada

before Oct 1966 Waterloo interview (Winking World 10 page 9)
~13-15 Oct 1966 CBC national news coverage of University of Waterloo marathon (Winking World 11 page 6)
~19-22 Jan 1967 CBC national coverage of University of Toronto marathon (Winking World 11 page6)
~27-28 Oct 1967 CBC. Waterloo Continentals (Winking World 12 page 9)
Dec 1985 CBC. Taped Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club, 4 Dec 1985.

Television Coverage and Appearances—Australia

4 Aug 1986

Channel 9 Australia. "Tiddlywinks Game"

  • 18:52:50 Some of the participants in the Tiddlywinks World Championships recently played in England tell Howard Gipps about some of the finer points of the game and explain the terminology. 18:58:56 Ends.
July 1988 [planned] Just for the Record, Australian prime-time television.

Filmed 10 May 1988 at Kahn residence, Silver Spring MD. Breaking Guinness 4 pot relay record with 39.

2 Oct 1989

Channel 9 Australia. "Tiddlywinks"

  • 08:48:20 Charles Osgood's report on the North American Tiddlywink Assoc. challenge in Washington.

Video Recordings

21 Sep 1988 World Singles match between Kahn and Mapley at Original Sports Bar, Baltimore MD, 8 pm to 11:30 pm. video in VHS format (NATwA)

Videos Online

~1966 Trix Cereal commercial #2 - Tiddlywinks  
Dec 2008 Tiddlywinks tournament at Shrewsbury School on  

Television Shows

Coverage of tiddlywinks events and shows including winkers as guests are listed in the section Television Coverage and Appearances, above.

early 1960s The Dick van Dyke Show
? The Avengers
13 Jan 1978 NBC-TV. Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. "NBC is carrying a tiddlywinks competition" against the Super Bowl.
3 Jan 1979

ABC-TV. Eight is Enough.

  • Let's go play tiddlywinks.
21 Mar 1979 CBS-TV. The Jeffersons. Joke about tiddlywinks tournament.
~late Mar 1979 Walt Disney. Donald Duck cartoon. Joke about firemen playing tiddlywinks with spots on dalmation.
~17 Sep 1979 Family Feud game show. Mention of word "tiddlywinks".
? ABC-TV. Happy Days. Halloween show. Fonz and kids play game in hospital suite.
21 Mar 1981 Agronsky and Company. ~7:17pm WDVM-TV Channel 9 Washington DC. Carl Rowan says "... sit down and play tiddlywinks".
14 Aug 1981 Benny Hill. WDCA-TV Channel 20 Washington DC. Benny Hill sings song with "tiddlywinks" and "tiddle" / "wink".
7 Jul 1983 M*A*S*H. WTTG-TV Channel 5 Washington DC. Col. Potter says "Tough tiddlywinks". Show includes Larry Linville.
8 Feb 1984 ABC-TV. 20/20 news magazine show. Segment on game Trivial Pursuit.
12 May 1991 Black Adder. Episode "Goodbye". WETA-TV Channel 26 (PBS) Washington DC, 10:30 pm. Four references to tiddlywinks played at Cambridge University. (George: "Myself and the rest of the fellows leapfrogging down to the Cambridge recruiting office and then playing tiddlywinks in the queue. We had hammered Oxford's tiddlywinkers only the week before, and there we were, off to hammer the Boche!") (George: "Gosh, yes, I, I suppose I'm the only one of the Trinity Tiddlers still alive. ") (George: "I mean, I'm the last of the tiddlywinking leapfroggers from the Golden Summer of 1914.") excerpt
1993 Frugal Gourmet. Jeff Smith, host. ("Played with it ‘like it was a tiddlywink’ " regarding a large container of parmigiana reggiana.) transcript
18 Oct 1999

ITV. Granada Television. Sooty Heights,"The Best of Health". 19 minutes 56 seconds.

  • Richard impresses Sooty, Sweep and Scampi with his tiddlywink playing, until they all beat him and won't believe him that it is a sport.
  • It gives them all the idea to start a health and fitness club. And luckily who should check in to the hotel, but Olympic athlete, Kriss Akabusi. He is totally unimpressed with Soo's attempt at leading physical exercises, gets thrown off Scampi's modified exercise bike, then is nearly frozen alive in the home-made sauna.
  • Kriss reckons it's a safe bet to agree to sponsor the club if they can find one sport they are good at. They decide that tiddlywinks is the only one. Kriss turns out to be a tiddlywink expert too, and sponsors the 'Kriss Akabusi Tiddlywink Club'
2001 or later The Unofficial World Records of Sex (UWROS), produced by Shine Limited, shown on Sky One ("Examples of events include how many tiddlywinks can be stuffed inside a man's foreskin").  
19 Nov 2011 9 pm

BBC Two. QI (Quite Interesting) comedy, Series I, show 9.11, Infantile

  • The Viceroy of India's daughter liked playing tiddlywinks, also known as "flipperty flop" or "jumpkins". Emily Lytton, daughter of Lord Lytton, who was also the husband of the architect Lutyens who designed most of New Delhi, described an evening playing the game when she was 17 (the quote is on a card read by Ronni): "I assure you no words can picture either the intense excitement or the noise. I always scream in describing it." The game was originally called "tiddledy-winks". The little counters are called "winks" while the bigger one is called a "squidger". Normally the colours are yellow and green vs. red and blue. Other terms used in the game include "squop", "boondock" and "the Good move" which is named after one John Good. The squop is one of the most basic things in the game, in which your wink covers an opponent's wink so they cannot move it. The game has to be played on felt or baize to work.
16 Apr 2003

South Park. Season 7. Episode 101 or 705.

  • I'm sorry I played tiddlywinks with your heart.
7 Jun 2010

BBC. medical soap opera. 27 minutes 57 seconds.

  • Tim is through to finals of big tiddlywinks competition, against US champion. He's picked up an injury but his father Bob is pushing him to compete anyway. Cherry attends to give onsite medical attention. Tim is getting thrashed until he finds out his father bet against him & surges into lead. Bob admits it was reverse psychology - of course he never bet against him.

Radio Coverage and Appearances—United States

1958 Today Show (Monitor Radio). University of Pennsylvania team.
1962 Oxford (several appearances).
~30-31 Oct 1962 WBZ Boston MA. Harvard—Simmons on the Bob Kennedy Show.
Also another appearance.
Spring 1970 Haverford (PA) High School radio.
early 1972 Boston
~Jan 1974 WMEX Boston MA. Trivia Quiz show of Joe Albioni. Question by Rick Tucker
?30 Mar 1978 Morgantown WV station. Lockwood.
May 1978 WOR New York NY. Lockwood. Rambling with Gambling.
May 1978 West Virginia. Lockwood.
May 1978 KSD? St. Louis MO. Lockwood.
20 Oct 1978 Boston MA. Re potting records in Guinness Book of Records.
Oct 1978 WMAL-AM Washington DC. Boring Facts show. Re potting records mentioned in Guinness Book of Records.
27 Nov 1978 KFAB Omaha NE. Mike Matt Show. Lockwood.
30 Nov 1978 WHIO Dayton OH. Lockwood.
13 Dec 1978 WRIF Detroit MI. Lockwood.
Mar 1979 Columbus OH. Toads team.
21 May 1979 WGSO New Orleans LA. Dave Lockwood.
1 Jun 1979 KPAC Port Arthur TX. Dave Lockwood.
Jun 1979 Earth News Syndicate. Recorded interview with Dave Lockwood.
Apr 1980 Ithaca NY. World Singles.
19 Oct 1980 WMBR-FM MIT Cambridge MA. 5pm. Scheduled appearance of Ross Callon
26 Dec 1980 WRRR Rockford IL. 10am. Dave Lockwood interview.
7 Nov 1981 National Public Radio taping. World Singles at Haverford (PA) College, Dave Lockwood vs. Larry Kahn. By Debbie Sackner? of WUHY Philadelphia.
12 Nov 1981 WAMU-FM Washington DC, 7:31 pm, 7:55 pm. All Things Considered. Broadcast of NPR coverage of World Singles at Haverford PA. audiotape (NATwA)
Mar 1984 Palm Springs CA. Stan & Ed Show. Larry Kahn. (Kahn may have tape)
12 Mar 1984 KVET Austin TX. Larry Kahn
~ May 1984 WAMU-FM Washington DC, 6:42 am, 8:22 am. Broadcast of NPR interview with Larry Kahn. audiotape (Kahn)
31 Jan 1986 WDVT-AM (900 AM) Philadelphia PA, 8:17 am to 8:23 am. Peter Kilden's Morning Rush. Rick Tucker interview.
4 Feb 1987 KIUP/K... Durango CO, am. Larry Kahn interview. audiotape (Kahn)
26 Jun 1994 NPR Weekend Edition, Sunday. "Irish Soccer Fans Fervently Support World Cup Team" ("The Mexicans will play around all day, do tiddlywinks the ball, but, if it doesn't go in the net, it doesn't count for anything, you know.") <e>
7 Jul 1996 WTOP-AM Washington DC. 11:45 am. Jack Eden’s Over the Garden Fence. (Playing tiddlywinks on lawn after using Merit, indicating how safe it is.)

Radio Coverage and Appearances—United Kingdom

Mar 1958 BBC. Goons. Tape exists of match, lunch, and interviews. See Winks Rampant. Important
Mar 1958 BBC. Saturday Night on the Light. After Goons match.
10 Mar 1958

BBC Radio. Goon Show. "Tiddleywinks" or "Tiddleywinks Theft". 24th episode of 8th series, written by Spike Milligan with John Snagge. Script or tape may exist.

Script from show


Digital copy of script (NATwA)

~2-3 Jan 1964 Sixth Northern Junior Championship. Winking World 5 page 1.
Jan 1964 BBC Radio Newsreel. Discussion with Peter Downes re changing the name of the game. Winking World 5 page 8, Winking World 6, page 11.
21 Mar 1964 BBC Radio Newsreel. Silver Wink semifinals at Manchester. Winking World 6, page 1.
~4 Apr 1965 BBC. Third International Tiddlywinks Congress.
~Apr-Oct 1965 BBC. Sports Session. Guy Consterdine. Winking World 8, page 11.
~8 Jan 1967 First Irish Tiddlywinks Convention. Winking World 11, page 7.
~4 Apr 1971 Radio Manchester.
5 Apr 1971 BBC. 7:30am. Debate of name "Tiddlywinks" vs. "Winks" by Bungy Wells and Phil Tepper. Tom Heaney of BBC. Winking World 19, page 1.
29 Apr 1971 Radio 4. Today. Live coverage of Rosie Wain—Alan Dean match. Dennis Frost and Michael Aspel of BBC. Winking World 19, page 8. audiotape (NATwA)
Jan 1972 Northern Junior Championship. Winking World 20, page 2.
28 Mar 1972 World Team Championship. Winking World 21, page 17.
28 Mar 1972 Radio Solent. 1972 World Team Championship. Winking World 21, page 17.
late Feb 1973 Cambridge vs. Oxford. Winking World 22, page 16.
21 Jun 1973 World Singles.
? Historical discussion mentioned by Paul Dickson in his book, The Mature Person's Guide.
~17 Jul 1978 Southampton interview at World Pairs. Keith Seaman & Alan Dean vs. Severin Drix & Larry Kahn.

audiotape (Kahn)

1979 Charles Relle. Two broadcasts re National Games Day. Winking World 34, page 2.
4 Jul 1981 Radio Manchester. Live coverage of Manchester Open. Winking World 38, page 1.
Dec 1985 BBC. Taped coverage of World Singles at Oxford between Kahn and Dean on 1 Dec 1985.

audiotape (Kahn)

2 Jan 1997 BBC Radio Bristol, Somerset Sound, Wiltshire Sound, Manchester, Cambridge, Five Live, West "NewsWest" regarding the Somerset Invitational
8 Jan 1997 Liberty 963 radio at 6:45 am regarding Christine Barrie as the first female ETwA Chairman
9 Jan 1997 Radio 1 Ulster, 9:15 am  
16 Jan 1997 Radio 4, 10:30 am: Christine Barrie interviewed live on Woman's Hour  
23 Aug 1999 BBC (digital) "Backstage"  
Oct 1999 BBC Radio Hertfordshire re World Singles 51  
22 Oct 1999 Q103 FM in the morning: recorded interview with Patrick Barrie re World Singles 51  

Radio Coverage and Appearances—Canada

~27-28 Oct 1967 CHYM Waterloo or Kitchener. 1967 Waterloo Continentals. CHYM donated trophy. Winking World 12 page 9.
early 1970? Lindsay Horenblas interview.
5 Dec 1971 Lindsay Horenblas interview.


There are numerous copyrights for published and unpublished musical works with "tiddlywinks" or variant in the title, content unknown. See Copyrights.

1891 Tiddledy Winks Polka sheet music, by J. W. Eisenberg. Published by W. W. Whitney Co. In Johns Hopkins University, Levy Sheet Music Collection, Box 173, Item 020 digital copy (NATwA)
1958 Tiddlywinks Anthem, by Rev. E. A. Willis. To the tune of Men of Harlech. See Winks Rampant. Important
Feb 1976 NATwA Songbook. original booklet (NATwA)
~1976-77 Larry Kahn's song starting "Now here's the tale of Renaissance". See NATwA Songbook, October 1981. original leaflet (NATwA)
16 Feb 1980 Song sung by Scott Hirsh and Bill Gammerdinger at opening of 1980 Continentals. See NATwA Songbook, Oct 1981.
Sep 1980 Tiddlywinks. Album by NRBQ, Rounder Records. Other than the title, this has no relationship to the game of tiddlywinks. original (CD format) (NATwA)
Oct 1981 NATwA Songbook, second edition. original booklet (NATwA)

Miscellaneous Video and Audio

(Names of television and radio stations; none relate to the game of tiddlywinks.)

(1989) Radio station WINX, 1600 AM. Rockville MD.
(1987) Radio station WINK. Cincinnati OH.
(1989) Radio station Wink-104. WNNK, Harrisburg PA. is the official web site of the North American Tiddlywinks Association.
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