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SNIP SNAP SNOREM

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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 294 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SNIP SNAP SNOREM, an old game at cards, sometimes called Earl of Coventry. There are several methods of playing, but in the commonest a full whist pack is used and any number of players may take part. The pack is dealt, one card at a time, and the eldest hand places upon the table any card he likes. Each player in his turn then tries to match the card played just before his, making use of a prescribed formula if successful. Thus, if a king is played, the second player lays down another king (if he can) calling out " Snip!" The next player lays down the third king, saying " Snap! " and the next the fourth king with the word Snorem. " A player not being able to pair the card played may not discard, and the holder of " Snorem " has the privilege of beginning the next round. The player who gets rid of all his cards first wins a counter from his companions for each card' still held by them.
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