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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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Newspapers and Press Releases—United Kingdom

Note: Many articles from 1955 through 1958 are described in the two pamphlets, On the Mat (OTM) and Winks Rampant (WR), written by Guy Consterdine.

England

Birmingham Daily Post (Birmingham, England)

29 Dec 1890 Issue 10145 "TIDDLEDY WINKS." advertisement To be retrieved
10 Mar 1900 Page 4 Column 8 Issue 13024

"BOOKS RECEIVED."/"MISCELLANEOUS" (not Fiction, Technical and Scientific, Educational, History and Biography, Travel, Theology and Religion, or Verse)

  • The History of Tiddley Winks and Teky Tuss. (H. J. Drane.)
Digital copy (NATwA)

Bradford Telegraph & Argus

3 Jun 1980 "Pam, 27, flips her way to the top". (Winking World 36, page 1—photocopy) about Pam Knowles Photocopy (NATwA)

Bristol Mercury and Daily Post (Bristol, England)

18 Jan 1890 Page 2 Column 5 Issue 13006

"Wiltshire News."/"CORSHAM."

  • Among those who kindly lent tables and games were Major Johnes, Rev G. Newnham, the Misses Story, Miss West, Miss Campbell, Mr C. T. Mayo, Mr H. Spackman, &c. The game of 'Tiddlywinks' proved very amusing, and 'Lotto' was a great favorite. A large variety of games were provided, and thoroughly enjoyed by the company (numbering about 160) and lucky cheers were given for the Rev L. A. Lyne at the close.
Digital copy (NATwA)
20 Dec 1890

Page 6 Column 2 Issue 13294

"Our Ladies' Column"

  • Then I see that boxes are sold containing all the necessary materials for a game of "Tiddledy Winks," which is amusing enough, and consists, as most of us know, of a little round basin or cup, a number of counters, and two or four large round discs or counters, called "fliippers," for with these the little counteres are to be flipped into the basin, and those who flip in the most get the game. Just now we are all charmed with an enlarged and improved "Tiddledy Winks," introduced to us from Oxford by a certain "don," who says grave and reverend seigneurs delight in thus excercising their skill when unobserved by undergrads or scouts.
Digital copy (NATwA)

Bristol Mercury (Bristol, England)

4 Apr 1965

The British Monarchy (issued by the Press Secretary to the Queen)

25 Jan 2002

"50 facts about The Duke of Edinburgh"

  • 43. Some 75 prizes and medals are associated with The Duke of Edinburgh. The most unusual is the Silver Wink award. Students at the University of Cambridge challenged Prince Philip to a tiddlywinks match in 1958. The Duke of Edinburgh appointed the Goons as his Royal champions. The Silver Wink has been awarded by the Duke since 1961 to the winner of the University Tiddlywinks Championships.

Bury Free Press (Bury St. Edmonds, England)

13 Nov 2012 7:17 am

"Older generation inspired" with photo of a woman and man playing tiddlywinks with felt mats and a round wooden (PinToy) target

  • A COMMUNITY centre got into the Olympics spirit on Tuesday by hosting a sports day for the over 60s.
  • The Howard Estate Over 60s club, held its ‘Alternative Summer Games’ at the Newbury Community Centre for its members to enjoy a day of fun sports.
  • Games included darts and shuffle board in the main hall, and tiddly winks and ‘Don’t ring the bell’ in the smaller hall.

Cambrian Courier (Cambridge, England))

11 May 1965 Page 7

Cambrian News (Cambridge, England))

30 Apr 1965

Cambridge Daily/Evening News (Cambridge, England)

4 Apr 1946 back page "Sports Gossip"/"WAS IT A HOAX?" (Winking World 4,7 page 27, Newswink 21, page 9) Transcript (NATwA)
6 Apr 1946 back page "Sports Gossip"/"VARSITY'S OLDEST GAME" (Winking World 47, pages 27-28, Newswink 21, page 9) Transcript (NATwA)
9 Apr 1946 back page "Sports Gossip"/"TIDDLEY-WINKS TAILPIECE" (Winking World 47, page 28, Newswink 21, page 9) Transcript (NATwA)
__ Feb 1955 Article by Nuala Stanley re CUTwC sherry party. (Winking World 7, page 6 & OTM).
3 Oct 1972 Page v [Freshman Supplement] photo Original (CUTwC)
26 Nov 1985 Pages 18-19 "Brit outwinks Yank to become best on planet". 4 photos Original (NATwA)
30 Oct 1987 [Night final] "They're tiddly champs" Original (CUTwC)
18 Feb 1988 "Counter attack thrashes Oxford" Original (CUTwC)
26 Oct 1999 Re World Singles 51  
6 Mar 2002

"Tiddlywink showdown" after the death of Spike Milligan

  • Local historian Mike Petty takes a look at a celebrated day of reckoning in Cambridge with protagonists fuelled by Babycham and Guiness University 'winkers' in action THE headlines last week were dominated by the news of the death of Spike Milligan, the last of the Goons, and the tribute paid to him by one of his greatest fans, Prince Charles. Then came the furore caused by a flippant remark in Australia about Aborigines by Prince Philip, who is among other things Chancellor of Cambridge University. But there is a connection between the university, the Prince and the Goons that seems so far to have gone unrecorded and it concerns the ancient sport of tiddlywinks The pastime was first patented in London in 1888. It essentially consists of teams competing to squidge winks into a pot, players take turns and the first one to get them all in wins. Not much to it, you might think. But then in 1955 great academic brains did begin to think about the technicalities and at Cambridge University a group of undergraduates got together to form a club for the sole purpose of playing tiddlywinks. It was the first in history but being the first they had great difficulty in finding other groups to play against.
Reference
25 Oct 2002 Page 1
  • The tiddly champs

Report that Patrick Barrie and Ed Wynn are the tiddly wink world pairs winners.

 
21 Oct 2004 online

"World-class winkers to 'squidge-off' in title fight"

  • TIDDLYWINKS champions will squidge off in an attempt to score the most tiddlies in Cambridge this weekend.

    The city responsible for bringing the game out of the nursery and turning it into a "serious" sport will host the tiddlywinks national singles championship on Saturday and Sunday.
    American Larry Kahn will be defending his world title in face of fierce opposition from Britain's Andy Purvis in the world singles match tomorrow, before the country's best players battle it out over the following two days.
Digital copy (NATwA)
23 Oct 2004 online

"Andy crowned world tiddlywink champ"

  • BRITAIN has taken the world title in singles tiddlywinks.

    Brit Andy Purvis went head to head against American Larry Khan who was defending his world title.

    Andy won by 30 and a third to 11 and two thirds.
Digital copy (NATwA)
15 Jan 2005 online

"Game on for world match"

  • TWO teams battled it out in Cambridge to celebrate the 50th anniversary of tiddlywinks.
    England took on the United States at Queens' College, Cambridge, yesterday in a match involving some of the world's top players.

    And the home team emerged as the clear winners by a resounding margin of 149 2/3 to 74 1/3.
Digital copy (NATwA)
3 March 2008 online

"Savages are tamed in Goons match rerun" by Aaron Castell. Color photo of five early Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club winkers.

  • ROYAL champions clashed winks with students once again in honour of when the Goons took on Cambridge University 50 years ago. [...]

    Bill Steen and Lawford Howells, founder members of the club, were at Emmanuel College for the anniversary match along with Graham Ridge, David Moreton and Peter Downes from the original 1958 team.
Digital copy (NATwA)

Evening Chronicle

1 Jan 1959 Page 10 "The Goon game comes north" Original (CUTwC)
2 Jan 1959 Page 15 "A squop's as good as a squinge [sic] to Harry" Photo of Peter Downes & Harry Secombe Original (CUTwC)
5 Jan 1959 Page 7 "Oh, well squopped, champs!" Photo of Neil Sutherland, Andrew Smith, Mr. W. Dale, Nigel Shepherd, Oliver Ludlow, Peter Downes Original (CUTwC)

Express (Daily and Sunday Express)

30 Sep 2010 online

"PRINCE CHARLES: WHY MADCAP GOONS BEAT TODAY'S SMUTTY COMICS" by Elisa Roche

  • Charles is not the only Royal fan of The Goons. Back in 1958, students at the University of Cambridge challenged Prince Philip to a tiddlywinks match.

    The Duke of Edinburgh appointed The Goons as his royal champions and they played the game on his behalf.
Digital copy (NATwA)

Royal Cornwall Gazette

25 Dec 1830 Refers to Kidley Wink

Northern Echo (Darlington, England)

18 Dec 1891 Issue 6814 Flitterkins listed in advertisement To be retrieved
30 Dec 1891 Issue 6814 Flitterkins listed in advertisement To be retrieved
31 Dec 1891 Issue 6815 Flitterkins listed in advertisement To be retrieved

Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle etc. (Portsmouth, England)

24 Oct 1891 Column 3 Issue 5746

Classified advertisement. "T. E. BOX & CO., COMMERCIAL AND FANCY STATIONERS, PRINTERS, BOOKBINDERS, &c.

  • PLAYING CARDS FROM 8d. PER PACK. BEZIQUE, CHESS, DOMINOES, DRAUGHTS, HALMA, TIDDLEY-WINKS, REVERSI, KHAN-LOO, And all the Newest Games for Indoor Amusement.
Digital copy (NATwA)
14 Nov 1891 Issue 5749

Classified advertisement. "T. E. BOX & CO., COMMERCIAL AND FANCY STATIONERS, PRINTERS, BOOKBINDERS, &c."

  • PLAYING CARDS FROM 8d. PER PACK. BEZIQUE, CHESS, DOMINOES, DRAUGHTS, HALMA, TIDDLEY-WINKS, REVERSI, KHAN-LOO, And all the Newest Games for Indoor Amusement.
 
21 Nov 1891 Issue 5750

Classified advertisement. "T. E. BOX & CO., COMMERCIAL AND FANCY STATIONERS, PRINTERS, BOOKBINDERS, &c."

  • PLAYING CARDS FROM 8d. PER PACK. BEZIQUE, CHESS, DOMINOES, DRAUGHTS, HALMA, TIDDLEY-WINKS, REVERSI, KHAN-LOO, And all the Newest Games for Indoor Amusement.
 

The Independent

7 Oct 2004 online

"Max Geldray"/"Oldest member of the Goons" obituary

  • The Goons were loyal to Geldray and, in 1958, when the BBC proposed to drop him from the next series, Sellers said he would not participate if they did. He won the day. Although Geldray was given the occasional line, he was no actor. He did represent the Goons' team at a tiddlywinks championship in Cambridge in 1959.
Digital copy (NATwA)
12 Mar 2005 online

"Tiddlywinks goes to pot as students shun game"

  • They are the unsung heroes of British sport, with seven world champions lifting 37 world titles since 1985. But despite their formidable track record, the leading lights of the tiddlywinks world have spent the past fortnight in crisis after their spiritual home was threatened with closure.
14 Mar 2005 Pages 16, 36
  • Tiddlywinks goes to pot as students shun game

Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club, founded in 1955, is facing closure due to apathy

 

Ipswich Journal (Ipswich, England)

15 Mar 1890 Page 6 Column 2 Issue 9227

"The Children's Hour" by Maggie Symington

  • Marian Sharples says she has played at the game of "Tiddley-Winks," and it is very nice. Is that the right way of spelling it? I only made a guess at the orthography.
Digital copy (NATwA)
26 Apr 1890 Page 6 Column 1 Issue 9233

"The Children's Hour" by Maggie Symington

  • 'We like to play Tiddledy Winks," says Ethel Dent
Digital copy (NATwA)
13 Sep 1890 Issue 9253 Advertisements and Notices (including Flitterkins and Tiddledy Winks from S. Smith and Smith) To be retrieved
20 Sep 1890 Issue 9254 Advertisements and Notices (including Flitterkins and Tiddledy Winks from S. Smith and Smith) To be retrieved
18 Oct 1890 Page 6 Column 2 Issue 9258

"The Children's Hour" by Maggie Symington

  • I was glad the parcel contained our favourite Tiddledy-winks, which some of you already know already. We played it with partners, as suggested by the new copyright directions, and my little friends grew merry and excited. The flying counters and shrieks of laughter testified to their appreciation of this game of games. I should strongly advise old Santa Claus to introduce it this Christmas-time wherever it is not already known. I believe each of these games may be had for a shilling.
Digital copy (NATwA)
11 Jul 1891 Page 2 Column 5 Issue 9296

"The Children's Hour" by Maggie Symington

  • In reply to numerous little people who have written me about the Tiddledy Winks Pinafore, I cannot supply the conditions of competition, they are given with each pinafore.
Digital copy (NATwA)
17 Oct 1891 Issue 9310 Advertisement listing TIDDLEDY WINKS. To be retrieved

VentnorBlog - Isle of Wight News

31 Aug 2010

Kinderminster Shuttle

10 Aug 2012 7:30 am

"Tiddlyolympics gets into the spirit of the Games" with photo of water winking with straws

  • THE first tiddlywinks Olympics-style games has been held in Kidderminster, with an ex-mayor opening the event.
  • The Tiddlyolympics, created by regulars at the King and Castle pub in Comberton Hill, featured an opening ceremony and medal presentations.
  • Events included water winks, a wink sprint and tiddlyhurdles, as well as jumping events long wink and short wink.

Liverpool Daily Post (Liverpool, England)

23 Apr 1965
26 Apr 1965 Page 3

Liverpool Mercury (Liverpool, England)

16 Dec 1890 Page 6 Column 3 Issue 13398

"A NEW GAME"

  • We have received from Mr. Charles Birchall, of Castle-street, a new game of the "Tiddledy Winks" order, though more elaborate. It is manufactured by Messrs. McCaw, Stevenson, and Orr, of Belfast, and is called 'King's Quoits'. The game consists of flipping little ivory 'quoits' on to a board covered with small steel stakes, and elaborate rules are given as to how much each stake counts. There are the elements of a good and interesting game in it, and it should become popular during the coming holidays.
Digital copy (NATwA)

Daily Mail (London)

2 Jun 1980 Quote from Pam Knowles (Winking World 36, page 1—photocopy) Photocopy (NATwA)
6 Jan 1997 Page 24 Regarding Christine Barrie as the first female ETwA Chairman  

Daily News (London)

13 Oct 1890 Issue 13891

Advertisement from J. Jaques and Son, 109 Hatton-garden

  • Tiddledy Winks 1s., 2s. 6d
To be retrieved
31 Oct 1891 Issue 14220

Advertisement from Jaques and Son

  • Tiddledy Winks, Flitterkins
To be retrieved
11 Nov 1891 Issue 14429

Advertisement from Jaques and Son

  • Tiddledy Winks, Flitterkins
To be retrieved
21 Dec 1891 Issue 14263 "Tiddledy Winks" in a list of games in demand To be retrieved

The Dispatch (London)

late Nov 1957 (Sunday) Re Goons challenge
2 Mar 1958 (Sunday) Frivolous account of Goons match

Daily Express (London) (sent CUTwC money in Jan 1955)

16 Nov 1957 Re Goons challenge by William Hickey
22 Nov 1957 Reported Guinness offer
2 Mar 1958 (Sunday) Re Goons match
~22 Mar 1964 (Sunday) Re Silver Wink finals at Manchester (Winking World 6 page 1)
__ ___ 1978 Photo of Jon Mapley (Winking World 32 page 6)
12 Feb 2000 Saturday puzzle supplement: coverage of Christine Barrie

Daily Mirror (London) (fielded a team at first modern match)

5 Jul 1907 [date per Cartoons.ac.uk]

Cartoon by W. K. Haselden.

  • Some Cup Holders 1917 [date is correct]
  • British Ping-Pong Champion

    British Puff Billiards Champion

    British Tiddley Winks Champion

    British Golf Croquet Champion

    British Table Polo Champion
__ Jun 1955 Account of 1st match
late Nov 1957 Goons challenge

The Observer (London) (Sunday)

__ ___ 1958? Quoted Rev. E. A. Willis in "Saying of the Year"
22 Dec 1963 Page 11 "The squidging hots up". Drawing
8 Nov 1970 Page 22 "Limitation" (see Newswink of April 1971 page 6) Transcript (NATwA)
1 Dec 1985 Page 41 "Sport At Large" / "Who wins at Winks". Illustration Original (NATwA)
2 Oct 2002  

"THE BROWSER"

  • More fun is to be had from a consideration of the life of the late Baron Wodehouse, whose sad death was reported last week. The 4th Earl of Kimberley had six wives, played championship tiddlywinks, bred prize pigs and was sacked from the Liberal benches in the Lords for urging people to vote Tory.
Digital copy (NATwA)

The Pall Mall Gazette (London, England)

6 Jan 1892 Page 3 Column 2 Issue 8360

"SKATING AS A SCIENCE."

  • But in England, whatever the sport, there will always be some who take it seriously. For all we know, there may be persons who scorn delights and live laborious days in reducing the parlour game of "Tiddlywink" to its ultimate possibilities.
Digital copy (NATwA)

The Penny Illustrated Paper (London, England)

30 Nov 1895 Page 356 Column 4 Issue 1801

"THE WORLD OF WOMEN."

  • Messrs. C. W. Faulkner & Co., Jewin Street, please the youngsters who rejoice in table games with some fresh inventions for their amusement in the shape of the indoor quoiting pastime dubbed "Tiddley Winks"' likewise "Skitto," also an up-to-date variation of chess, called "'House of Commons," with Ministers and Leaders of Opposition to play at cross-purposes precisely as they do in the real Parliament.
Digital copy (NATwA)

West London Observer

8 Jul 1981 "It's a Yankee Doodle!". Photo of Larry Kahn, Paul Ireson, Tony Brennan, Charles Frankston. (Newswink 14 page 1) Photocopy (NATwA)

Daily Sketch (London)

21 Feb 1936 "Boys Demonstrate Game" re Duke of Kent interest in tiddlywinks

Photocopy (NATwA)

Original (Chuck Hoey, in Ernest Sewell Tiddle Tennis game)

__ Jan 1964 Re debate on change of game's name (Winking World 5, Page 8)

The Standard (also Evening Standard) (London)

10 Dec 1888

Issue 20099

Page 7

Column 4

Advertisement

  • NEW GAMES
    Manufactured by F. H. AYRES.
    INVASION SPOOF
    REVERSI DAAMA
    HALMA ASSEGAL
    NAVAL BLOCKADE.
    STAUNTON CHESSMEN.
    (Club Pattern.)
    FOLDING BAGATELLE BOARDS.
    MINIATURE BILLIARD TABLES.
    DRAUGHT BOARDS AND MEN.
    ROCKING AND HOBBY HORSES.
    &c., &c.
    From all dealers, or No. 111 Aldersgate-street, E.C.
Digital copy (NATwA)
4 Mar 1889

Issue 20171

Page 7

Column 4, 4th entry from bottom

Advertisement

  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
Digital copy (NATwA)
8 Mar 1889

Issue 20175

Page 1

Column 8, 2nd entry from bottom

Advertisement

  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
Digital copy (NATwA)
15 Mar 1889

Issue 20181

Page 7

Column 1, middle

Advertisement

  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
Digital copy (NATwA)
22 Mar 1889

Issue 20187

Page 1

Advertisement

  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
 
25 Mar 1889

Issue 20189

Page 7

Advertisement

  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
 
29 Mar 1889

Issue 20193

Page 4

Advertisement

  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
 
1 Apr 1889 Issue 20195 Page 1

Advertisement

  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
 
15 Apr 1889

Issue 20207

Page 4
Advertisement
  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
 
19 Apr 1889

Issue 20211

Page 1

Advertisement
  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
 
22 Apr 1889

Issue 20212

Page 1

Advertisement
  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
 
26 Apr 1889

Issue 20217

Page 4

Column 4, 8th entry from bottom

Advertisement
  • TIDDLEDY WINKS.—Just Out, a splendid NEW GAME, price 1s. Watermans Reversi, and Patchesi, the most popular Games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each, of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
 
27 Nov 1890

Issue 20714

Page 6

Column 5

Advertisement

  • JAQUES AND SON'S CATALOGUE post free. Ducdamé, Corkitts, Bumble Puppy, Pliffkins, Halma, Tiddledy Winks, Flitterkins, Reversi, Patchesi, &c. From 1s. upwards. Of all dealers—JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.
Digital copy (NATwA)
28 Nov 1927

Cartoon by David Low

  • Scene in Parliament. Grave Disorder
  • In one corner of the smoking-room one may see George Lansbury and Sir Alf Mond playing tiddlywinks.
  • Low howls down another theatrical production.
 
2 Sep 1930

Cartoon by David Low

  • Political Midget Golf Demonstration
  • Speaking as one who has just returned after many years, I say that what this country needs is a vigorous policy of tiddlywinks.

    Naw! Ping pong
  • Amazing sporting development during Low's absence.
 
3 Apr 1935

Cartoon by David Low

  • Such prosperity! Two surpluses!!
  • Budget Surplus

    Financial Tiddly-winks
 

The (Daily) Telegraph (London)

21 Feb 1936 "The Duke of Kent Praises B.I.F. Exhibits" (British Industries Fair, 20 Feb 1936) re Duke of Kent interest in tiddlywinks Photocopy (NATwA)

Original (Chuck Hoey, in Ernest Sewell Tiddle Tennis game)
__ Feb 1958 (probably) Goons match preparations
~Feb 1981 Report on tiddlywink up nose (see Fresno Bee)
10 May 1997  
17 May 1997  
9 Aug 2003 online

"Letters"/"Squidgers and winks" by Matt Fayers, Magdalene College, Cambridge

  • Sir - Boris Johnson claims (Opinion, Aug 7) that "there is only one sport at which England currently has world supremacy, and that is rugby union".

    Actually, four of the world's five highest-rated tiddlywinks players are English. The modern game was developed at Cambridge University in the 1950s, and English players continue to lead the world.

    So, if you really want your children to be world champions, give them a sick note to get off rugby, buy them a squidger and some winks and tell them to get potting.
Digital copy (NATwA)
30 Mar 2008 online

"Tim Berners-Lee: a very British boffin" by Nigel Farndale

  • I ask what things people get wrong about him. He nods earnestly. "I only played tiddlywinks as a student to get a ride to Cambridge one day. I wasn't a champion or anything. Things can get out of proportion."
15 Nov 2009 online

"Books"/"Why Enid Blyton's greatest creation was herself"

  • The drama recreates a moment during this period that sums up Blyton's cynical and manipulative methods. "There's an interesting piece of newsreel in which the family is playing tiddlywinks, and Kenneth is just referred to as 'father'. This is all part of her reinvention. She was aware of the importance of maintaining brand integrity," says Hawes.
8 Jul 2010 online

"Book Review"/"Peter Pan's First XI: the extraordinary story of JM Barrie's cricket team by Kevin Telfer: review" by Tony Lichtig

  • PG Wodehouse was a useful batsman; Jerome K Jerome was rather better at idling; AA Milne liked to watch it even more than to play it; and Arthur Conan Doyle was prodigious: a superb all-rounder who played 10 games at first-class level for the MCC and was delighted to bowl out an ageing WG Grace: "Once in my heyday of cricket, / One day I shall ever recall! / I captured the glorious wicket, / The greatest, the grandest of all." Barrie himself was an unlikely captain: "a weedy fellow a little over five feet tall" and "not a man's man". But he was a boy's boy and "bowled an insidious left-hand". He was also a whizz at tiddlywinks, shuffleboard and throwing cards into a hat.
Digital copy (NATwA)
2 Aug 2010 online

"London 2012: Cadbury under fire for tiddly wink legacy" by Harry Wallop

  • Cadbury, the "Official Treat Provider to London 2012", has come under fire for its programme to get the nation playing tiddly winks, thumb wrestling, crazy golf and paper aeroplane racing.
Digital copy (NATwA)
9 Aug 2010 online

"Children think hopscotch is a drink"

  • Half have never heard of Tiddlywinks or Leap Frog and only a third of today's youngsters know what Cats' Cradle is.
Digital copy (NATwA)
14 Oct 2010 online

"Jim White: rise of poor Pohnpei is one in the eye for world rankings" by Jim White

  • It was not to do with the format: in truth the crowds would have been huge had Sachin Tendulkar's lads been triumphant in tiddlywinks.
Digital copy (NATwA)
27 Oct 2010 online

"Horseracing"/"Paul Dixon calls for owners to 'exert maximum harm' on bookmakers by striking" by Marcus Armytrage

  • "A future that should be all about 'getting real'. They're killing income, not creating it, and remain the only sport in Britain outside of tiddlywinks, that hasn't advanced in recent years."
Digital copy (NATwA)
22 Dec 2010 online

"Sports Quiz 2010" by Jonathan Liew

  • TWEET THEIR WORDS
  • 32 "So gutted for Poulter!! What a crap rule! Poults may not have won the Dubai world championship, but he could be in with a shout for tiddlywinks world championship!"
Digital copy (NATwA)

The Times (London)

(* = a late edition (not on microfilm). 1b = page 1, column b)

23 Dec 1862 Page 6

"ROYAL ENGLISH OPERA, COVENT GARDEN"

  • Squire Tiddlywinks (a perfect father and a modeI famer victim to a naughty cultural propensity, who discovers to his cost that there Is no rose without its attendant thorn),

Also appears in subsequent editions.

To be retrieved
4 Dec 1891 Page 1 Column c

Advertisement

  • TIDDLEDY-WINKS. A GAME for all; also Halma, Patchesi, Rengar, Ducdamé, the most popular games of the day, 1s., 2s. 6d., and 5s. each. Lists post post free. At all dealers.--JAQUES and SON, Hatton-garden, E.C.

Also appears on:

Digital copy (NATwA)
2 Nov 1892 Page 1 Column f

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  • DULL EVENINGS MADE CHEERFUL.--BAGATELLE BOARDS 30s., 50s., 78s. 6d.(specially recommended), £4 18s. 6d., and £5 15s.; balls, cues, bridge, and rules. Chess 8s. 6d.; draughts, 3s.; backgammon, 7s. 6d.; dominoes; Ducdame, 10d.; tiddledy-winks, 10d.; Halma, 3s. 9d. All the above of excellent quality. Reversi and all other indoor games. Catalogue post free--PARKINS and GROTTO, Game Department, Oxford-street, London.
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12 Dec 1892 Page 1 Column e

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  • DULL EVENINGS MADE CHEERFUL.--BAGATELLE BOARDS 30s., 50s., 78s. 6d.(specially recommended), £4 18s. 6d., and £5 15s., complete. Chess, 8s. 6d.; draughts, 3s.; backgammon, 7s. 6d.; dominoes, excelsior, scrimmage, war-game, honey-pots, 10d.; kono, 10d.; pirouette, 10d.; tiddledy-winks, 10d.; halma, 3s. 9d. Reversi and all other in-door games. Catalogue free.--PARKINS and GROTTO, Game Department, Oxford-street, London.

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18 Nov 1893  

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  • DULL EVENINGS MADE CHEERFUL.--BAGATELLE BOARD [...]

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  • 27 Nov 1893 on page 1 [...]
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18 Dec 1893 Page 1 Column d

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  • DULL EVENINGS MADE CHEERFUL.--BAGATELLE BOARDS, 30s. 50s., 78s. 6d. (specially recommended)l. £4 l5s. 6d. and £5 15s.complete. Chess, 3s. 6d.; draughts, 3s.; baokgammon, 7s. 6d.; dominoes. skedaddles, 3s. 6d.; golf course, 2s. 6d.; royal mail, 2s. 3d. ; honey-pots, 10d.; tiddledy-winks, 10d.; halma, 2s. 3d. Reversi and all other in-door games. Catalogues free. --PARKINS and GOTTO, Oxford-street, London.

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  • 19 Dec 1893 on page 1
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11 Feb 1897 Page 5

"THE GLASGOW ART INSTITUTE"

  • A newer painter of the school is Mr. W. S. Shanks, whose picture of two children playing the classical game of "Tiddledy Winks" (407) shows extraordinary cleverness, though of a kind which may easily lead him to play practical jokes upon the public.
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24 Sep 1931 Page 5

"Sporting News"/"GOLF"/"THE 'NEWS OF THE WORLD TOURNAMENT'"/"SOME FINE MATCHES"

  • At the 16th there was an amusing game of tiddley-winks with a double stymie, but it was Cotton who ultimately lofted into the hole and got his half.
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24 Dec 1934 Page 8

"QUEEN'S THEATRE"/"INSIDE THE ROOM"

  • Murder, unaccompanied by intelligence or imagination, is less exciting than tiddley-winks.
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27 Mar 1935 Page 12

"ST. JAMES'S THEATRE"/"'WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA'"

  • Near the end of this play there is a happy moment--happy not for that reason alone--in which Miss Arnaud and Miss Burrill, who have been quarrelling about a young man, are reconciled in their common discovery that he is unspeakably tedious and sit down to play tiddley-winks.
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2 Jan 1936 Page 13

"A NURSERY CUPBOARD"/"TOYS OF TO-DAY AND YESTERDAY"

  • After 50 years it is not difficult to recall the look and the smell of the nursery cupboard and to think with some exact-ness of its contents. There were in it bats and balls (for cricket in a small garden), a candle bull's-eye lantern, greatly treasured in the days before electric torches were invented, glass marbles of considerable beauty, a wooden soapbox intended for carpenter's tools but once chosen by the cat as the repository of her kittens, and materials for such table games as ludo and tiddlywinks.
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7 Feb 1938 Page 6

"NORTHAMPTON BEATEN"/"DEPLETED TEAMS AT TWICKENHAM"

  • The Harlequins beat Northampton at Twickenbam on Saturday by a goal and three tries (14 points) to a goal and a try (8 points). Both teams were sorely depleted by county calls, and with a counter-attraction just round the corner for spectators it was rather like witnessing a game of tiddlywinks in the centre of the Sahara desert.
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23 Jun 1942 Page 4

"MR. HOPKINS AND A SECOND FRONT"

  • Mr. Harry Hopkins, speaking in New York to-night, predicted a mighty United Nations' offe sive against Hitler with "a second, third, and fourth front if necessary." He revealed that the conferences between President Roosevelt and Mr. Churchill were taking place at the White House, in Washington.

    In a wide review of the war, Mr. Hopkins said:-

    What of our 3,000,000 trained ground troops, with modern mechanized equipment ? I want to assure this audience to-night that General Marshall, the great leader of our Army, is not training these men to play tiddlywinks.
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5 Oct 1949 Page 3

Advertisement for BEETLE MOULDING POWDERS, British Industrial Plastics, Ltd., 1 Argyll Street, London, W1

  • Chessmen are moulded, fishing rods are laminated with Beetle. Beetle laminates skis and ice-hockey sticks for winter sports; tennis-rackets and sculls for summer. Beetle adds strength. Crash helmets and hunting-caps have bodies of moulded pulp, Beetle bonded. Beetle adds colour to chess and tiddlywinks, draughts and dominoes.

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5 Dec 1955 Page 6

Advertisement by Army & Navy Store, Victoria Street SW1

  • Everything else from tiddlywinks to tepees
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10 Dec 1956 Page 1 Column b

Advertisement under "Personal"

  • CHAMPION TIDDLYWINKS player urgently required for remunerative position. Preferably also good golfer but this is not essential. Telephone Gro. 6363 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to-day and ask for Flat 55. J. B. Powell-Jones.

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14 Dec 1956 Page 11 Column d

"The Game's Afoot" (light lead in response to advertisement of 10 Dec 1956.)

  • Passionate curiosity must have been aroused in many breasts, and sentimental bells set ringing in many 'memories, by a recent demand in the Personal Column for a champion Tiddlywinks player, who was offered a remunerative position. The mind goes back to the days of Halma and Reversi and the games of long-distant youth. Two perhaps tiresomely pedantic questions sug- gest themselves. First, was not the game spelt "Tiddledywinks"? [...]

Important.

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17 Dec 1956 Page 9

"KEEPING THEM OCCUPIED"

  • Indoor tennis is a favorite made-up game of ours. With a length of string mark out a court on the carpet 2 ft. wide and 2½ ft. long. Place a net 3 in. high across the middle (a piece of cardboard doubled over will do). Each player has a large tiddlywinks counter for a bat and a small counter is used as the ball. The server flicks from the base line, and as there are no centre lines the ball is in play so long as it clears the net and lands within the string boundary. Score as in ordinary lawn tennis. When playing doubles partners make alternate strokes as in table tennis.
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17 Dec 1957 Page 9 Column d

"Tiddlywinks"

  • Early in the New Year a match, in aid of the National Playing Fields Association, will be played between the Goons, who have, with permission, taken the tide of Prince Philip's Royal Tiddlywinks Champions, and the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club. Tiddlywinks does not yet qualify for a "blue," or even half a one, but it is nice to know that the club has a tie, dark blue with a blue cup and a wink rampant, and that, during the four years of its existence, it has remained unbeaten. The season for such a game as tiddlywinks is now upon us, and the heathen, lesser breeds without the tiddlywink law may make the error of classing it with, for instance, snakes-and-ladders. [...]
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1 Mar 1958 Page 7

"TODAY'S ARRANGEMENTS"

  • Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club v. The Goons. Guildhall. Cambridge, 11
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2 Mar 1958 Page 16 Column c "The Duke's Goons are squopted"
3 Mar 1958 Page 7 Column d

"Tiddlywinks Win for Cambridge"/""Royal Champions beaten"

  • "To scorn tiddlywinks," says the Phoenix Dictionary of Games," because it is played by children is to refuse milk because it is the food of babies." This saying has been taken to heart by the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club. whose 25-page thesis on the science of tiddlywinks it prefaces. Science is a word here not lightly chosen. and has enabled the Cambridge team, styled as world champions. to defeat yesterday the Goons. who enjoy the title of "Royal Champions" conferred on them by the Duke of Edinburgh. The match, on four separate pitches set up in the Guildhall, was in aid of the National Playing Fields Association, of which the Duke of Edinburgh is president. The Goons turned out in yellow cloaks and orange striped cricket caps, and vlere issued with red knee-pads. The Cambridge players wore dinner jackets and ties embroidered with a tiddlywink rampant.
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10 Mar 1958 Page 12

"CAMBRIDGE EXPERIMENT IN STUDENT JOURNALISM"/"ALL-AMERICAN ISSUE OF 'VARSITY'"

  • Copics were on sale over the weekend of what is beiieved to be a unique experiment in undergraduate journalism. Varsity, the Cambridge University newspaper, had invited 18 American students, unassistcd by the normal cditorial staff. to bring out an Amcrican-language cdition. Tec resuslt was a 20-page issue which included racing selections for a local point-to-point and an eight-page educational supplement.

    v'arsity was described by its temporary editors as a conservative paper of the tabloid variety, which is sensational by American standards. The format was considerably changed. but regular readers found certain familiar ingredients in a report of last week's tiddlywinks contest. entitled "Goons Gamble Grail at Guildhall Gambol."
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10 May 1958 Page 4 Column e

"TIDDLYWINK TITLE IN DISPUTE"/"OXFORD CLAIM AFTER WIN AGAINST CAMBRIDGE"

  • Eight members of the Cambridge Tiddlywinks Club came here to-day to play against Oxford. Wearing their club tie--a light blue cup with winks rampant on a dark blue ground--they certainly looked like the self-appointed world tiddlywink champions that they are. But after their exhausting contest of three hours and a quarter with the Oxford University Tiddlywinks Society they were disputing Oxford's claim that the title now belonged to them. Oxford beat Cambridge by 89 points to 87, playing under Cambridge rules during the first Parts of the contest. The Oxford captain, Mr. Elliott Langford (University College), said after the game: "We are definitely claiming the title from Cambridge." The indignant Cambridge team secretary, Mr. Peter Downes (Christ's College), re- taliated: "Oxford are being small minded about this. It was only an experimental game to-day and we didn't have out our strongest team." Mr. Downes explained that the whole thing could be ironed out at the world tiddlvwink congress in Cambridge next month when a definitive set of rules would be drawn up. Long before the storm broke the referee, the Rev. E. W. Willis, of Richmond, Surrey, extolled the virtues of the game. Tiddlywinks, he said, taxed every fibre of the brain and every muscle of the body. It developed delicacy of touch, corrected colour blindness, was a soothing influence on the nerves and was conducive to restful sleep. He added that it was extremly conducive to frindliness [sic] and developed sportsmanship.
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12 May 1958 Page 6 Column a

"MPs to Meet Oxford at Tiddlywinks"

  • Mr. Lawrence Turner, M.P. for Oxford, told members of Oxford University Tiddlewinks Society on Saturday that he would be able to get a parliamentary team to accept a challenge to a tiddlywink contest. After a meeting with Mr. Turner, Mr Tony Cooper (University College), the Master of the Winks, said, "Subject to the consent of the Lord Great Chamberlain the match will be played within the precincts of the House of Commons in the second week of July."
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27 May 1958 Page 10 Column d (5*) Re US Interest
13 Jun 1958 Page 13 Column d

"Tiddlywinks World Rules Drawn Up"/"Association Formed"

  • A meeting which ended amicably at Christ's College, Cambridge. to-day has resulted in establishing an international set of rules for tiddlywinks. Delegates from the major universities spent two days at this first World Tiddlywinks Congress formulating the rules. The congress, which was sponsored by the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club, also formed an English Tiddlywinks Association and appointed the Rev. E. A. Willis, a retired Minister, of Richmond, Surrey, who has played tiddlywinks for more than 50 years, as its secretary general. Since the Cambridge Club played the "Royal Champions," the Goons, on March I and raised £225 for the National Playing Fields Association there bas been an extraordinary unsurge of enthusiasm for the game. Numerous inquiries have been received from schools and organizations all over the country, and much interest has been roused in the United States. Mr. Willis, in an opening address to the Congress, said that tiddlywinks had an important part to play in the bealth. family. and political life of a country." The world is now looking to tiddlywinks in its need to get back to the primeval simplicity of lfe," he declared.
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1 Oct 1958 Page 4

"GOLF IN A PARK ON SUNDAY"/"BY-LAW CHALLENGED"

  • Mr. James said that the four men were challenging the validity of the by-law and submitted that as private individuals they were entitled to challenge its validity. The by-law was unequal; oppressive, not impar- tial, and out of date. "Tiddlywinks is a game," he said. "Is that prohibited from being played in the park on a Sunday ? If so, this by-law is far too wide in its terms"
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17 Nov 1958 Page 13

"Christmas Comes but Once a Year"

  • Harrods have one department with a complete range of toys none of which costs more than 1. Elsewhere is an acroplane with an electronic flash control wi:h torch grip; a new type of train signal (electric) for 10s. 6d.; a wide range of character dolls in traditional dress, soft white seals (washable) with long eyelashes from 39s. 6d., and a new game "Carpet Golf," played with tiddlywinks, for 27s. 6d.
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26 Nov 1958 Page 14

"HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE"

  • The only ground, counsel submitted, on which it was suggested that the English courts would recognize an order of the New York State, was that the wife had been resident there for three years. She could not be heard to assent to two contradictory jurisdictions-playing with juris- dictions like tiddlywinks.
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27 Feb 1959 Page 5 Column a

"NEWS IN BRIEF"/"TIDDLYWINKS CHAMPIONS"

  • In a tiddly-winks match at Cambridge yesterday Cambridge University became "all-England champions" by beating Oxford University by 64 points to 48.
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17 Mar 1959 Page 12 Column d

"Tiddlywinks Crown - Bomber Command Team's Challenge". Re Royal Air Force (RAF) vs. the London School of Economics (LSE)

  • A new challenger for the British tiddlywink crown entered the lists over the weekend when a team from R.A.F. Bomber Command headquarters surprised even its own supporters by defeating the London School of Economics by 72 points to 49. As yet unrecognized by both the Royal Air Force and the English Tiddlywinks Association, this embryo team hopes to show what it can do before applying for official recognition. Spurred on by the words of the Rev. E. A. Willis, general secretary of the English Association, that "the world is now looking to tiddlywinks in its need to get back to the primeval simplicity of life," the Bomber Command team has adopted as its motto "squidge hard, squidge sure." The team is aiming high in its battle for recognition, and after taking on Oxford and Cambridge hopes to do battle with the tiddlers in the Houses of Parliament.
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24 Mar 1959 Page 13

"TO-DAY'S ARRANGEMENTS"

  • World championship tiddlywinks match between Cambridge University and the challengers, Empress Club, 7.30, followed by Gentlemen's dinner.
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28 Nov 1959 Page 7

"Snap"

  • This pat on the back from MR. BUTLER certainly gives "Snap" a leg up in the world, although it cannot yet claim social equality with " Tiddlywinks," which can boast of royal patronage and seems to be becoming one of the major games played at the universities.
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4 Mar 1960 Page 14 Column e

"TIDDLYWINK WIN FOR CAMBRIDGE"

  • Oxford University Tiddlywink Society were defeated by 58 points to 54 by Cambridge University, the holders, in the all-England tiddlywink championship played at Oxford yesterday. The Cambridge captain suggested after the match that Cambridge produced the stronger side because they had already established "cuppers" in 10 colleges.
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9 Jan 1961 Page 5

"SPRINGBOKS STICK TO PLAN WITH RUTHLESS PRECISION"/"ENGLAND'S ONE MISTAKE DECIDES HARD, FRUSTRATING MATCH"

  • This is an age in which records have assumed an altogether false importance, in which, apparently, not to win an international tiddlywinks match is to lose national prestige.
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20 Feb 1961 Page 4 Column e

No headline. Re Oxford vs. Cambridge

  • With three girls in their team of eight, Oxford broke the Cambridge domination of the all-England tiddlywinks scene on Saturday at Cambridge to record their first victory over the Light Blue winkers in the third University match.
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26 Aug 1961 Page 7

"Sport and/or Game"

  • Here it may be laid down that if a ball, oval or round, large or small, is involved then the contest connected with it can be called a game. Yet this is not the end of the matter, for many are the games, the fashionable tiddlywinks, for instance, which do not require any kind of ball.
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26 Apr 1961 Page 8

"Do you have 24 qualified friends?" advertisement by TWA

  • You and your two dozen friends can fly to America on TWA--stay up to a year if you've got the time--and pocket imnportant savings on your round trip fare!
  • * Qualified members of civic, religious, business or sociai cub, clan, tiddlywinks and marbles society, or whatever the name of your organization.
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4 Jan 1962 Page 11

"AMONG FRIENDS" by Dudley Carew

  • A life-long passion for games leads to an appreciation of the writing of Bernard Darwin and Neville Cardus, and here I can safely say that neither the encouragement given me in my youth by the one nor the recollection of uproarious conversations at Old Trafford and elsewhere with the other is responsible for my opinion that both would have been writers of distinction had they confined themselves to chronicling gaimes of tiddlywinks.
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24 Aug 1962 Page 9 Column d

"Playing to the Rules"

  • The coach of the United States Tiddly-winks team is reported as saying that the English rules for the game are "much more complex," and is it fanciful to imagine that there is a hint of disapproval in the words? Tiddly-winks has had rather more than its share of publicity lately, and no more need be written about it here, but the statement has two implications that are not without interest. The first is that the English tend to make the rules for their games more complex than their American counterparts, and the second is that the simpler they are the better. [...]
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3 Dec 1962 Page 16 Column c (5*) All-England champions
__ ___ 1963? (possibly) Obituary of Rev. Edgar Ambrose Willis (may be in other paper)
26 Jun 1963 Page 7

"THE CITY OF STEEL SELLS TO SPAIN"

  • SPANISH TIDDLYWINKS "Chapas" came in with metal.bottle tops, and is a' game with endless variations. Spain's biggest makers of crown corks (for orthodox use) are Industrias Metalicas Vizcainas. They buy nearly all their tinplate from The Steel Company of Wales, who supply about three-quarters of all tinplate used for this purpose in Spain.

Also appears on 18 Jul 1963, page 7

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?_ Jan 1964 Advertisement (see Winking World 5 page 8)
5 Jan 1965 Page 11 Column b

"Mixed Tiddlywinks Pair in Junior Championship"

  • The nation's "winkers" have two ambitions for 1965. it was disclosed here today. They are to make an occasional appearance in The Times under the by-line "From our Tiddlywinks Corre- spondent" and to see more women taking an interest in the sport. Attending my first and England's seventh Northern Junior Tiddlywinks Championship today I did not have the authority to promise any hope for the former ambition, but I was able to admire the progress being made in the second. Ten women's pairs and a mixed pair were playing in the opening matches of the championship in the Lesser Debating Hall of Manchester University Union. [...]
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1 Mar 1966 Page 3

"RUGBY UNION COACHING LAUNCH NEW SCHEME"/"PAMPHLETS PINPOINT QUALITIES NECESSARY"

  • Surely it is nonsense to suggest that honourable defeat at Rugby football, tiddlywinks or any other sport is a national catastrophe.
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11 Jul 1966 Page 10 Column d

"Tiddlywinks Lessons for the Russians"

  • Six Cambridge University undergraduates left Bromley, Kent. on Saturday in a mini-bus for Russia to try to teach the Russians how to play tiddlywinks. The undergraduates, who are on a 10-week holiday trip, belong to the university tiddlywinks club. John Penhallow, aged 22, the leader, said: "We hope to get them interested by play- ing games in the villages and we may even play in Red Square, Moscow."
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23 Jul 1966 Page 5 Column h "Tiddly-winks record claimed" Transcript (NATwA)
1 Apr 1967 Page 5

"Today's arrangements"

  • COVENTRY. International tiddlywinks congress, Rootes Hall, Warwick University
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22 Jan 1967 [Sunday Times Magazine] letter (?)
7 Dec 1968 Page 6 "State of the Rugby" To be retrieved
5 Jan 1970 Page 2 Column e

"Tiddlywink boys raise £100"

  • Eight weary boys at the Kynaston School, Marylebone, W., potted their last tiddlywink at 10.30 last night and clamed by two hours a new world record of 85 hours' tiddlying. They had been playing, in shifts, since new year's day and expect to raise more than £100 for Oxfam.
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16 May 1970 Page 11 "THE CRICKET TOUR" To be retrieved
13 Nov 1970 Page 15 "Christmas shopping by post" To be retrieved
13 Nov 1972 Page 8 "Lu's long putt decides World Cup" To be retrieved
15 May 1973 Page 36 "The Times Diary"/"Modernizing our quaint image" To be retrieved
21 Jun 1973 Page 38 "Glory, adulation, and the chance of sailing off to the big financial rewards" To be retrieved
21 Nov 1974 Page 28

"The Times Crossword Puzzle No 13,848"

  • ACROSS
  • 19 Swimming members playing tiddlywinks ? (8)
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24 Feb 1975 Page 14

"Lunch in Washington, dinner in Moscow"

  • In Washington they greet us with open arms. Ring up any American civil servant, right up to ministerial level, and a friendly voice will come back over the line, with an invitation to stop by. And if the man is not in, he will call back. This applies to the extraordinarily helpful White House staff too, who are as willing to tell you if President Ford enjoys, say, tiddlywinks, as to explain the latest twist in American foreign policy. When Nixon's men betrayed this system, it produced Watergate.
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8 Jun 1976 Page 9

"Miss Barker forces open a quickly closing gate"

  • They closed the gates at the French tennis championships today. [...]
  • On such a day a game of tiddlywinks could provoke paroxysms of excitement at Roland Garros.
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1 Mar 1978 Page 12 Column g

"The Times Diary/PHS" note on Cambridge winning 5th Silver Wink

  • The second, quite unconnected happening, is that tiddlywinkers from Cambridge University beat a team from Southamrpton University to win the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Wink Trophy, for the fifth - time and thus established a record for the contest.
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9 Mar 1980 Page 99 Column b [Sunday Times Magazine] "Multi-Coloured Squop Swap". Photo
19 Mar 1980 Page 10

"Football"/"Liverpool's strength is reflected in two English parties"

  • Players from Real Madrid, like Del Bosque, Angel and Juanito have ball skills that would makIe some players feel like taking up tiddlywinks.
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29 Mar 1980 Page 10

"Chess"/"Kremlin Gambit"

  • What would the Soviet oligarchy do if they lost that chess jewel, the world championship title, to a defector from and an avowed opponent of their whole dreary regime ? Would they declare chess to be a decadent Western game and order their players to take up some other form of intellec- tual amusement such as bridge, tiddlywinks, shove-a-rouble or snakes and ladders?
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4 Aug 1981 Page 2 Column g

"IN BRIEF"/"Tiddlywinks Champion"

  • Mr John Mapley, aged 34, from Witham, Essex, has become the world tiddlywinks champion after a three-hour match in a public house at Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire.
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29 Aug 1981 Page 24

"Today's events"

  • The tiddlywinks race, outside John Lewis, Oxford Street, 2.
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10 Mar 1981 Page 25

"Broadcasting Guide"/"TELEVISION"/"THAMES"

  • 2:00 After Noon Plus presented by Judith Chalmers [...]
  • In addition, Judith plays a game of tiddlywinks.
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10 Dec 1982 Page 10

"Moving experience -- or first step toward divorce?

  • The decisions that lead to employees being flicked around the country or, indeed, the world, like so many tiddlywinks are taken by top managers who, in their own career building days, were able to rely on the acquiescence of their nonworking wives.
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8 Apr 1983 Page 23

"Today's television and radio programmes"

  • Edward Bond's ironic short story SERVICE (Radio 3, 10.05pm) Is too British to be Kafka. A citizen summoned for jury service ends up facing a judge himself, by default. Unwilling to sit on a jury, and unable to lie about his moral objections (a moribund granny is always a good get out, he's advised), he is passively drawn into conflict with a typically patronising judge and the "administrative tiddlywinks" of the legal system.
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23 Nov 1985 Page 8 Column a

"SPORTING DIARY" by Simon Barnes

  • Flip comment

    The game of tiddlywinks is lashing itself into a competitive frenzy over the next few weeks. This weekend the national singles championship will be held at Queen's College, Cambridge, with six Americans, including the reigning world champion, Ayre Gittleman, in contention. Next Wednesday the US team plays Cambridge University, with the Cambridge club boasting proudly that it is the only sporting institution at the university never to have lost to Oxford. Next Saturday England play the Americans at Wadham College, Oxford, while the world singles and pairs championships begin on Monday.
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1 Dec 1985 Page 3 Column a "Tiddlywinks men in a flip". Photo of Nick Inglis Original (NATwA)
7 Dec 1985 Page 8 Column e diary note
21 Dec 1985 Page 8 Column a

"SPORTING DIARY" by Simon Barnes

  • To the death . . .

    I have received further acid correspondence on the great Tiddlywinks Controversy. All the traditions of rivalry between the sporting men of Oxford and Cambridge are summed up in this deadly serious matter. Cambridge University Toddlywinks Club claims to be the only sporting body never to have been defeated by Oxford. Oxford said: Hang on, we won the inaugural match in 1958. Now a former Cambridge tiddlywinks president, Stewart Sage, tells me this did not count because it was an experimental match before final rules had been formulated. Furthermore, he adds that a one-off challenge match was held between the universities in 1946, so it was not even the inaugural fixture. As a further point, Oxford and Cambridge even disagreed about the spelling of the word tiddlywinks - the latter version being Cambridge's, and accepted, rather traitoriously, by the Oxford English Dictionary, in preference to the Oxford version which includes an "e". I wait with bated breath for the next instalment of the controversy.
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4 Jan 1986 Page 8 Column a diary note
11 Jan 1986 Page 8 Column a diary note
18 Jan 1986 Page 8 Column a diary note
22 Feb 1986 Page 8 Column a diary note
28 Feb 1986 Page 1 Column c [Times Higher Education Supplement]. Photo of annual Varsity competition
29 Nov 1986 Page 20 Column a diary note
6 Jan 1997   "BRITAIN, News in brief" regarding Christine Barrie as the first female ETwA Chairman
7 Feb 2003 online

"Underwater tiddlywinks, Turkish toe-wrestling, etc." by Richard Morrison.

  • Underwater tiddlywinks, Turkish toe-wrestling, Welsh worm-charming — there is no sport esoteric or mindless enough not to take precedence in our TV schedules over the broadcasting of symphonic music, opera or dance.
18 Nov 2004 online

"Rivals settle old score with tiddlywinks at ten paces" by Owen Slot.

  • Did he play dirty at tiddlywinks, Corne? "Seemed pretty clean to me"
22 Sep 2005 online

"I'm just the Guy for the job"/"Is it possible to make a Guy Ritchie gangster movie in a day? Yes. Click here to watch My Daily Monkey" by Hugo Rifkind.

  • "The question is, what is he a prodigy at?” A couple of pints in, we settled on tiddlywinks. A tiddlywink prodigy, on the hustle. Things began to evolve.
5 Oct 2006 online

"French bid to conker the world [sic]"

  • Tiddlywinks Started in the UK in 1891, spread to the United States in 1961 when UK universities went on tour. There is now a fully fledged US Tiddlywinks Association.
4 Jul 2007 online

"Nursery where child died ‘ignored safety risks’"

  • Staff at Tiddlywinks nursery, in Gloucester, were unable to resuscitate 16-month-old Molly Cunliffe, who had tangled herself on rope tied to the travel cot’s bars.
12 May 2008 online

"Pushy sporting parents: why can't he be more like me?"/"A father admits to forcing his son into games for which he was unsuited. He has reformed, but is it too late to prevent any damage to his son?

  • Mind you, if he stumbles upon a hitherto untapped talent for speed-skating/windsurfing/synchronised tenpin tiddlywinks, I'll be there cheering him on at the 2020 Olympics.
2 Sep 2008 online

"Inventors of ping-pong say Mayor Boris Johnson is wrong" by Fiona Hamilton.

  • [Jaques] Invented classic games such as happy families, tiddlywinks, ludo and snakes and ladders
20 Sep 2008 online

"St Andrews earns a high five"/"Scotland’s leading university is now the main rival in the UK to Oxford and Cambridge, reports Sue Leonard"

  • The facilities include tennis courts, a running track, cricket nets and an Astroturf pitch. St Andrews also boasts 110 student societies — more than any other university in Scotland — which range from debating and hill walking to tiddlywinks and even a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Appreciation Society.
13 Nov 2008 online

"Andy Murray refuses to ease off after win"/"Scot sails into Masters Cup semi-finals on his Shanghai debut after defeating Gilles Simon and turning the air blue"

  • "I'm not going to try and lose to him," he said. And when you recall that he used to upset the tiddlywinks table if he lost to Jamie, his elder brother, when they were little more than tots, you know what he means.
30 Jan 2009 online

"Exeter’s University Challenge team get lowest score ever" \

  • In the first episode, my teammates’ knowledge of Baroque art and quantum energy won us several ten-point starter questions, but our ignorance of the scoring system in Tiddlywinks earned us a scornful glance from Paxman. “What’s the world coming to?” he sneered.
5 Mar 2009 online

"A nation divided: the hero who saved cricketers had 'jihadi martyr' brother"

  • Nobody is going to tour here for a very long time, be they cricketers, hockey players or players of tiddlywinks
29 Mar 2009 online

"Is the match really an excuse to hit women?"/"Scotland has a launched a £44m domestic abuse prevention campaign, but will it punch out violence?"

  • Of course, it is nothing to do with the football. Were Celtic and Rangers to meet in the final of the tiddlywinks championship, the violence would still increase.
25 June 2009 online

"England women earn Gordon Brown's accolade" by Mike Atherton.

  • I am not entirely sure whether England can lay claim to absolute supremacy in any other sport (cycling, rowing, tiddlywinks?), but I'm sure that if we can, it is a small list.
30 Jun 2009 online

"Coach defends Schalk Burger after Lions 'gouging' ban" by David Hands.

  • De Villiers said, in words reminiscent of Tana Umaga, the former New Zealand captain, who in 2005 suggested that rugby was not tiddlywinks. "Why don't we go to the nearest ballet shop, get some nice tutus and get some nice dancing going on, and everyone will enjoy it?"

Times Literary Supplement (The Times, London)

(possible; query submitted 1979)

Manchester Evening News (Manchester, England)

31 May 1980 "Tiddlywinks ace Pam scoops title" (Winking World 36, page 1—photocopy) Photocopy (NATwA)
~4 Jul 1981 Manchester open

The Guardian (Manchester & London - national)

21 Dec 1929 Page 8

"Table Games"

  • It must be many years since somebody conceived the idea of amusing people by inducing them to flick a small counter into a little jar with the edge of a bigger one. This game, called "tiddledy-winks," proved very popular, and every year since it was first introduced, has reappeared in another form. This season "tiddledywinks" is played on a board marked like a tennis court. [...]
Digital copy (NATwA)
8 May 1933 Page 18 "A Game of Tiddly-winks"
14 Feb 1956  

Cartoon by David Low.

  • Low returns from the jungle.
  • [Ostrich carrying tiddlywinks set and sign on back] Jubilee Tiddlywinks Tournament
3 Mar 1958 Page 4 "Duke Pulls Muscle in Winking Finger"/"His team is tiddlied"
10 May 1958 Page 1 "Oxford Claims Championship"/"Or was it a friendly game?"
14 May 1958 Page 5 "Tiddlywinks" under "Miscellany"
13 Jun 1958 Page 5 "Tiddly Winkers in Congress"/"Successful Outcome"
5 Jan 1961 Page 17 "Tiddlywinks Tycoon"
24 Jan 1964 Page 4 "Just 'winks' now" Digital copy (NATwA)
24 Nov 1980 Page 1 "Double Triumph for the Witham Winker" re Jon Mapley in English Singles
31 Dec 1987 [Somerset & Avon] "New pub hosts new contest" Original (CUTwC)
17 Feb 1988 "How Robin Hood won a college place" Original (CUTwC)
after 17 Feb 1988 Letter in reply to 17 Feb 1988 article.
7 Jan 1997 Section 2 Regarding Christine Barrie as the first female ETwA Chairman
19 Feb 2003 online

"The world wakes up to Tiddleywink" by John Exard. About the hamlet in Wiltshire

  • The name's origin goes back to the use of the word for the children's game, nowadays spelt tiddlywinks, as rhyming slang for "drinks". The word evolved into slang for a small beershop, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Digital copy (NATwA)
26 Oct 2004 online

"Pass Notes"/"No. 2,529"/"Tiddlywinks"

  • I was referring to the really interesting clash last week, when our very own Andy "Mad Dog" Purvis beat legendary American Larry Kahn to win the world tiddlywinks championships.
Digital copy (NATwA)
28 Oct 2004 online

"Letters"

  • Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club may have been founded in 1954, but King's College played Newnham 10 years earlier (Pass Notes, G2, October 26). King's lost. I know, because I had to engrave the King's College crest on the commemorative wink they were presented with.

    David Turner
    Derby
Digital copy (NATwA)
30 Apr 2005 online

"We love each other"/"Patrick & Christine Barrie" by Craig Taylor

  • Patrick We met at a tiddlywinks tournament. It's very strategic, tactical, not just flicking plastic discs around. It's tense - some matches depend on the very last shot. Now we have a two-year-old son, there might some day be another tiddlywinks player in the family. We'll get him started on easier games like bridge and chess.
  • Christine He is a great partner to play with. I was a good potter, which means I was good at getting the winks in the pot. But he's good at everything — squops, potting, strategy, boondocking — and he has such concentration. He knows exactly which move to play, and he practises after dinner. We won the National US Pairs in 1998. We make a good team.
Digital copy (NATwA)
16 Nov 2006 online

"Diary" by Jon Henley

  • let us applaud the very real initiative of Scottish Water, which according to the Scotsman has urged all 6,000 of its employees to mark World Toilet Day on November 19 by playing amusing new versions of those popular traditional games tiddlywinks and hoopla, renamed (we promise) turdlywinks and poopla for the occasion
Digital copy (NATwA)
28 Apr 2007 online

"If I had the time ..."/"Things to do with your family this week"

  • Squop, scrunge and wink

    Juliet Rix

    My family has just rediscovered tiddlywinks. I'm not sure why sending little coloured discs of plastic plinking into a pot - or not as the case may often be - is quite so amusing, but it is.

    Tiddlywinks goes back to Victorian times (patented as Tiddledy Winks in 1888) but the modern game began with some unathletic 1950s Cambridge undergraduates in search of a sport at which they could represent the university. The official game (yes, there are national and international tournaments!) is played on a felt mat 1.8m by 0.9m with a pot in the middle and base lines at each corner. There are four colours (blue, green, red and yellow) and you can play in pairs or singles. The idea is to use a squidger (large plastic disc) to flick winks (small plastic discs) into the pot, or to squop - ie wreck your opponents chances by landing your wink on top of his.

    We play obstacle tiddlywinks, where glasses, books, mobile phones or whatever else happens to be on the kitchen table stays put and we have to flick our winks over or round them. We are very good at the scrunge (where the wink bounces out of the pot) but haven't quite worked out the boondock!

    The national tiddlywinks pairs championship is on April 28-29 at Selwyn College, Cambridge. The English Tiddlywinks Association: etwa.org
Digital copy (NATwA)
29 Oct 2007 online

"Obituary"/"Stephen Bicknell"/"Author of a history of English organs who also designed, built and restored them"

  • At Durham his eccentricity was expressed in his organisation of tiddlywinks competitions across the city's bridges.
23 Jul 2009 online

"Stella McCartney resurrects Bambi" by Rachel Holmes

  • The Lady Luck Rules Ok girls will be there, and have designed a giant game of tiddlywinks for everyone to play. It combines kittens and rock'n'roll, but we don't want to give away any more ...

Manchester Guardian Weekly

19 May 1958 "Tiddlywinks" (reprint of 14 May 1958) Transcript (NATwA)
5 Apr 1981 Page 21 "A savoury dose of utopiate; CITIES OF THE RED NIGHT, by William S. Burroughs" Excerpt (NATwA)

Manchester Times (Manchester, England)

14 Dec 1889 Page 1 Column 5 Issue 1690 Spoof, Tiddledy Winks, Flitterkins, etc. in an advertisement Digital copy (NATwA)
21 Dec 1889 Issue 1691 Tiddledy Winks, Flitterkins, etc. in an advertisement  
19 Dec 1890

Page 1 Column 6 Issue 1742

Advertisement: "GAMES - KENDAL, MILNE, & CO. are now Showing NEW GAMES from all the leading Makers. All Shilling Games, including Spoof, Golf, Croquet, Cup Spoof, Ring Spoof, Tiddledy Winks, &c. &c. at 9 1/2d." Digital copy (NATwA)

Oxford Mail (Oxford, England)

16 Mar 1946 Page 3 Column 1 "ANOTHER BLOW FOR OXFORD"/"Light Blue Tiddly-Wink Eight's Skill" (Winking World 47, pages 26-27, Newswink 21 page 1) Transcript (NATwA)
~9 May 1958 Probably Oxford-Cambridge match (Reporter originated idea of world championship)

The Preston Chronicle and Lancashire Advertiser (Preston, England)

20 Dec 1890 Page 7 Column 4 Issue 4052

"OUR LADIES' COLUMN. BY ONE OF THEMSELVES."

  • AMUSING GAMES. - A GAME FROM OXFORD. - TIDDLEDY WINKS. Then I see that boxes are sold containing all the necessary materials for a game of "Tiddledy Winks," which is amusing enough, and consists, as most of us know, of a little round basin or cup, a number of counters, and two or four large round discs or counters, called "fliippers," for with these the little counters are to be flipped into the basin, and those who flip in the most get the game. Just now we are all charmed with an enlarged and improved "Tiddledy Winks," introduced to us from Oxford by a certain "don," who says grave and reverend seigneurs delight in thus excercising their skill when unobserved by undergrads or scouts.
Digital copy (NATwA)

Shepton Mallet Journal (Somerset)

week of 23 Jun 1958 Photo

Southern Evening Echo (Southampton)

29 Mar 1972 Page 15 "British `tiddling' could sink America"
25 Jun 1973 Page 3
18 Jul 1978 Page 11 "`Winking' Title Goes West". Photo Photocopy (NATwA)

The People (London; national)

2 Mar 1958 Goons match

Reynolds News

2 Mar 1958

(Sunday) Tiddlywinks challenge match between the Goons and the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club,

  • Afterwards Spike Milligan for the Goons protested that the umpire Chris Brasher had ignored a royal command to twist the game in their favour.

Rugby Advertiser

2 Apr 1965 Page 1

(Southport newspaper)

__ Apr 1962 (Winking World 4, page 11)

(Stockport newspaper)

late 1959 (Winking World 4, page 7)
late 1963 or Jan 1964 (Winking World 5, page 8)

The (Daily) Star

20 May 1921 Page 3

Cartoon by David Low.

  • Caption: About Australian Cricket
  • If we are to have interesting cricket this season, it will be necessary to put some sort of handicap on these Australians.

    Supposing we make them play with ping-pong bats -

    Or permit the opposition bowlers to use a push-ball

    Should they have the bad manners to continue their disgraceful conduct there would seem to be nothing for it but to challenge them to a crochet competition or a tiddlywinks tournament and equalise matters that way.

    London seems different these days
 
26 Sep 1979

Cartoon by Bill Caldwell. In the lobby of the Hotel Continental Geneva

  • Caption: Is it a double or single defector?
  • Russian Tiddlywinks Squad
 

The Sun (London - national)

31 May 1980 "Men fall to Pam's winks" (Winking World 36, page 1—photocopy) Photocopy (NATwA)
21 Jan 1983 Page 11 "Tiddlywink king goes potty over flipping record" Original (CUTwC)
6 Jan 1997 Page 11 "SunSpot" regarding Christine Barrie as the first female ETwA Chairman  
14 Feb 2003 Page 6
  • 10 things we can actually beat the Aussies at

Feature mentioning that the current world champion at tiddlywinks is Cambridge lecturer, Patrick Barrie.

 

Western Daily Press

29 Dec 1987 "Tiddly taunt by top team". Photo of Stew Sage Original (CUTwC)

Westminster Gazette

4 Jan 1898 Page 2 Quotation in Oxford English Dictionary

Scotland

Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland)

30 Nov 1896 Issue 13055 "McMILLAN'S (Successors to John Seivwright) Great Xmas Show, 151 Union Street."/"GAMES! GAMES!! GAMES!!!"/"Halma, Word-making and Word-taking, Ludo, Reversi, Tiddley Winks, Happy Families, The Royal Mail, Spellicans, Snap, Kings and Queens, Dominoes, Draughtsmen, Chess, Solitaire, Lotto, Prisoner's Base, Round the World, Authors, Letters, World's History, English History, Golf, Prisonder of Zenda, and other amusing and educational games, from 6d to 15s."  
11 Dec 1896 Issue 13065 "McMILLAN'S (Successors to John Seivwright) Great Xmas Show, 151 Union Street."/"GAMES! GAMES!! GAMES!!!"/"Halma, Word-making and Word-taking, Ludo, Reversi, Tiddley Winks, Happy Families, The Royal Mail, Spellicans, Snap, Kings and Queens, Dominoes, Draughtsmen, Chess, Solitaire, Lotto, Prisoner's Base, Round the World, Authors, Letters, World's History, English History, Golf, Prisonder of Zenda, and other amusing and educational games, from 6d to 15s."  
16 Dec 1896 Issue 13069 "McMILLAN'S (Successors to John Seivwright) Great Xmas Show, 151 Union Street."/"GAMES! GAMES!! GAMES!!!"/"Halma, Word-making and Word-taking, Ludo, Reversi, Tiddley Winks, Happy Families, The Royal Mail, Spellicans, Snap, Kings and Queens, Dominoes, Draughtsmen, Chess, Solitaire, Lotto, Prisoner's Base, Round the World, Authors, Letters, World's History, English History, Golf, Prisonder of Zenda, and other amusing and educational games, from 6d to 15s."  
18 Dec 1896 Page 8 Column 2 Issue 13071 "McMILLAN'S (Successors to John Seivwright) Great Xmas Show, 151 Union Street."/"GAMES! GAMES!! GAMES!!!"/"Halma, Word-making and Word-taking, Ludo, Reversi, Tiddley Winks, Happy Families, The Royal Mail, Spellicans, Snap, Kings and Queens, Dominoes, Draughtsmen, Chess, Solitaire, Lotto, Prisoner's Base, Round the World, Authors, Letters, World's History, English History, Golf, Prisonder of Zenda, and other amusing and educational games, from 6d to 15s." Digital copy (NATwA)

Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland)

30 Nov 1889 Page 9    
24 Dec 1889 Issue 307 Tiddledy-Winks, Flitterkins, and Spoof listed in advertisement To be retrieved
26 Dec 1889 Issue 309 Tiddledy-Winks, Flitterkins, and Spoof listed in advertisement To be retrieved
30 Dec 1889 Issue 312 Tiddledy-Winks and Spoof listed in advertisement To be retrieved
26 Nov 1890 Issue 283 Flitterkins, Tiddledy Winks, Spoof Croquet, and Spoof Golf listed in advertisement To be retrieved
31 Dec 1890 Issue 313 Flitterkins, Tiddledy Winks, Spoof Croquet, and Spoof Golf listed in advertisement To be retrieved
6 Jan 1893 Issue 5 "Little Tiddledy Winks, coloured" in advertisement To be retrieved
16 Nov 1893 Column 7 Issue 274

"Messrs Copland & Lye's Christmas Show."

  • A very important department, and a very favourite gift, is one or other of the numerous games which are now in the market. They not only appeal to both boys and girls, but are in some cases intellectual, and necessitate the powers of the mind being exercised to play them. 'Jolly Marbles,' a new example of this class, will be found diverting. Marbles, after being tossed about by clowns from hars on their heads, fall into holes, which are numbered. The player who succeeds in gaining the highest number is winner in the game. There is also a variation of the popular game 'Tiddley Winks.' The counter must be thrown into the hat of a clown—of whom thre are half-a-dozen. Our familiar friend 'M'Ginty' is to the fore again, this time with a ladder, on which he performs his antics. The 'Harmless Postol' is still as harmless and as popular as ever."
Digital copy (NATwA)
5 Nov 1896 Page 11 Column 4 Issue 266

"CHRISTMAS CARDS, &c."

  • Messrs G. [sic] W. Faulkner & Co., 41 Jewin Street, London, have sent their budget of Christmas goods for the season.
  • The firm have issued a group of new games. 'Fighting for the Standard' combines chance and patriotism; while 'Attracts,' a fishing game, will create interest among young folks regarding the mysteries of the magnet. 'Attack and Defence' is an ingenuous variations [sic] of 'Tiddley Winks,' and 'Nurky Turky' is a kind of combination of croquet and billiards for the table. 'Bluffing' is the title of a card game which will probably become popular. All the apparatus for the various games are well made, and any one of the series is sure to delight those into whose play hours it is introduced.
Digital copy (NATwA)
8 Feb 1900 Issue 34

"PUBLISHERS' COLUMN."/"NEW BOOKS OF THE WEEK."/"MISCELLANEOUS"

  • "The True History of Tiddley Winks and Takey Tuss, Two Catties"' Edited by their Fond Mistress, also called "Kitty." (London: Henry J. Drane.)
Digital copy (NATwA)
18 Aug 1997  

Cartoon by Bill McArthur

  • National Lotto Academy of Sporting Excellence

    Offering Honours Degrees in...

    Tiddlywinks
    Ludo
    Synchronizing drowing
    Gut barging
    Shove ha'penny
    Snakes and ladders
    Crying in beer
    Blaming opposition
    Criticising refs/umpires
 

(Miscellaneous)

__ Nov 1831 Refers to Kidley Wink (see Notes & Queries 4th S. x 5)
__ ___ 1920s (newspaper?) Description of undergraduates advocating more relaxed lifestyle by playing tiddlywinks (see On the Mat)
Mar 1958

Photograph of the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club vs. Goons match on 1 March 1958.

  • Caption: Brian Tyler, of Christ's College, Cambridge, who attended Wellingborough Grammar School, appeals to umpire Chris Brasher as Spike Milligan is about to infringe a rule in the tiddlywinks match between Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club and the Goons, who were appointed by the Duke of Edinburgh to represent him. In spite of the Duke's instructions to "fiddle the game", the Goons lost the match. Proceeds were for the National Playing Fields Association.
Summer 1958 John Evans of Wales sending Prince (Charles) of Wales a box of winks (several papers)
__ Feb 1959 Potting speed record mentioned (Winking World 4, page 4)
~2-3 Jan 1964 6th Northern Junior Tiddlywinks Championship (Winking World ,5 page 1)
~29 Feb 1964 "London Men Triumph" for Bombay Bowl (probably London) Photocopy (NATwA)
__ ___ 1964 Reports of Harry Secombe as Honorary President of ETwA
~4 Apr 1965 3rd World Congress (several, see Winking World & E3)
~21 Apr 1965 England vs. Wales
~5 Jan 1966 Northern Junior Tiddlywinks Championships (several) (Winking World 9, page 3)
~8 Jan 1967 Page 6 reports on First Irish Tiddlywinks Convention (Winking World 11, page 7)
__ ___ ____ (non-London paper) "Replay! The Squidger Flicker's Knickers Were Showing" about Northern Junior Tiddlywinks Championships (see Milwaukee Journal, 25 May 1975)
30 Dec 1969 to
~2 Jan 1970
Northern Junior Tiddlywinks Championship at Manchester (Winking World 16, page 7)
~4 Apr 1971 Congress 1971
__ Jan 1972 Northern Junior Tiddlywinks Championship (Winking World 20, page 2)
__ ___ 1978 About American tour?
__ ___ ____ 1st World Singles (London paper)
~2 Feb 1980 Mass publicity for World Singles in Cambridge, Mapley vs. Lockwood

(Many other British newspapers in late 1957 and early 1958; 56 references collected by Cambridge.)

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