Anagrams

Doyle’s Space – Space Yodels

An anagram is a word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of a different word or phrase, typically using all the original letters exactly once. The original word or phrase is known as the subject of the anagram. Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram.

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Chess Pawns

“Chess is a war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” – Bobby Fischer

Historically, the pawn represents soldiers or infantry, or more particularly, armed peasants or pikemen (individuals carrying very long spears). In chess, they are the most numerous and weakest pieces on the board.

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The Top Christmas Toys of the Sixties

Which toys would you have asked Santa for?

I was born in 1958 which made me 2 to 11 years old in the sixties, the perfect age for these Christmas toys. Many homes in America had a Sears catalog with pages that had been dog-eared in hopes of receiving a toy from that very page. Barbie was 1 year old in 1960 and all the girls wanted one. The Ken doll was released by Mattel in 1961.

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Lego

Only the best is good enough

The name ‘LEGO’ is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”. The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen. The company has passed from father to son and is now owned by Kjeld Kirk Christiansen, a grandchild of the founder.

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Cooties

Careful on the playground

A child is said to “catch” cooties through close contact with an “infected” person or from an opposite-sex child of a similar age. Of all the germs kids are exposed to on the playground, there’s one they freak out about more than any other: cooties.

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POP! Vinyl

The figures have large squarish heads, disproportionately small bodies, and large, circular black eyes.

The Funko company began in 1998 when toy collector Mike Becker embraced his passion and founded a small company producing a nostalgia-themed bobblehead line called Wacky Wobblers. The company’s first manufactured bobblehead was of the well-known restaurant advertising icon, the Big Boy mascot.

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Sears, Roebuck and Co.

A true American institution

Mother loved her job in the filing rooms of the Sears, Roebuck and Co. building in downtown, Atlanta. She could go on break, or after work, right downstairs to shop in the record department of the Sears store below. The building was opened in 1926 as a Sears, Roebuck and Co. retail store, warehouse, and regional office. In 1979, the retail store closed but the building continued operating as a Sears regional office until 1987. Mother worked there around 1945.

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Slinky (Part Two)

Fun for a girl and a boy

I previously wrote about the beginnings of the Original Slinky (June 25, 2020) but now I’d like to expand on the subject a little. It was inducted into “The Strong National Museum of Play”[1] in the year 2000. After 15 years of impressively successful Slinky sales, the inventor, Richard James left his family and moved to Bolivia with an evangelical cult and translated bibles.

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Tiddlywinks

A game in which players try to snap small disks into a cup by pressing them on the edge with a larger disk.

Tiddlywinks is a game played on a flat felt mat with sets of small discs called “winks”, a pot, which is the target, and a collection of squidgers, which are also discs. Players use a “squidger” to shoot a wink into flight by flicking the squidger across the top of a wink and then over its edge, thereby propelling it into the air.

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Chinese Checkers

The game is neither a variation of checkers, nor did it originate in China or any part of Asia.

Chinese Checkers, also called Sternhalma, is a German strategy board game that can be played by 2-6 players. It is a simplified version of a game called Halma (a strategy board game invented in 1883 or 1884 by George Howard Monks). My parents had the version pictured here, a round metal container that stored the marbles and checker pieces. Flip it over and it was a checkerboard.

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