Christian Science Monitor, 3 August 1962


Reprinted from the Christian Science Monitor, 3 August 1962, page 3 (Eastern edition).  [Drawing included]

By the Associated Press

New York

The die is cast.  The chips are down.  The ga[u]ntlet has been flung and picked up.

England and the United States clash at noon Aug. 4 for what is billed as the world’s first international tiddledywinks championship

The challengers from the British Isles will be represented by three men and a girl, all students at Oxford University’s Keble College.

The United States team will consist of four Madison Avenue public relations executives.

The field of honor will be an Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan.

It all began last June 17, when the New York Times published a letter from the British students saying they would be touring the United States this month.  The students boasted of their tiddledywinks prowess and issued a universal challenge to “squidge” against American teams.

For the benefit of the uninitiated, a squidge is a move in tiddledywinks.

The challenge came to the attention fo Co. Edward Eagan, head of the government’s “People-to-People” sports committee and himself a former Olympic champion (in boxing — not tiddledywinks).

Colonel Eagan knew a few people who had spoken of winning a game of tiddledywinks or two in their childhood.  He contacted them and got them to form a team to defend the honor of American tiddledywinkers.  Ag game manufacturer agreed to provide official equipment for the joust.

Captained by Robert Fitzsimmons, the American team consists of four men and a woman.  The extra player, it was explained, was provided as an alternate.

Tiddledywinks is played with flat, round discs called winks.  The idea is for each player to shoot as many winks as possible into a pot.  This is accomplished by pressing down on a wink’s edge with the edge of another wink.

The British team was due to arrive here by ship Aug. 3 and will be immediately whisked off to its training camp at the West Side YMCA.