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jacks

a game in which bone, metal, or plastic pieces (jackstones) are thrown and then picked up in various groups between bounces or throws of a small ball
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In her latest collection of poems Twigs and Knucklebones Sarah Lindsay revels in the pleasure of being omniscient.
He discovered a knucklebone beneath an upholstered chair, where Grace must have stored it.
Late one night, the pirates play knucklebones, a game like dice.
There are varied activities, such as completing a jigsaw, playing knucklebones or writing a postcard home in Latin.
Somewhere those like us find strength to persist Knucklebones to earth, not holding back When the body declines, to press the spirit onward Unrepentant, trying to love our lives, Our failing bodies, our failing world.
Thus in the Greek tradition the throws in the game of knucklebones came to have allusive and learned labels.(7) The types of play and the shapes of all the objects involved were subject to great variation, and scholarship since the Renaissance has been beguiled by the fascination of discerning order and pattern in the chaotic evidence for the rules.
She joins Jok in a game of knucklebones. Song-and-dance rhythms accelerate the displacements on-stage.
Playtime with Knucklebones: on Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., at Clinton Parks and Recreation.
For a discussion of the tortoise in the Hymn as a toy and in relation with knucklebones and their meaning, see Redfield 2003, 318-31.
In her latest collection of poems, Twigs and Knucklebones, Sarah Lindsay revels in the pleasure of being omniscient.
Knucklebones, or astragaloi -- often the bones themselves, sometimes replicas in terracotta -- were particularly popular with girls, who played fivestones.