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SPILLIKINS (M.D., spelleken, little p...

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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 668 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SPILLIKINS (M.D., spelleken, little pin), or JACKSTRAWS (originally " jerk-straws" ), a game of some antiquity played with a set of slender sticks of wood, bone or ivory, from 3 to 6 in. long, generally carved to represent weapons and utensils of various kinds, which are thrown in a heap haphazard upon the table. The players then endeavour in turn to extricate from the heap, one at a time, as many straws as possible, without moving any except the one, angled for. The player obtaining the most straws wins. The game is called in French jonchets and in German Federspiel.
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