Category Archives: Games

“Did clocks even have minute hands in 12th C France?”

As you may remember from my original post on the oddities of tennis scoring, Billie Jean King believes that the reason tennis is scored Love-15-30-40 may have been because the clock hanging over the indoor tennis court was the handiest tool … Continue reading

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“What was the significance of the number 4 in medieval France?”

That tennis post I did last week keeps generating questions for those of us here at Caterpickles Central.  Chasing down potential answers to them has proved surprisingly entertaining, so I thought I’d do a quick follow-up post this morning to share what we’ve … Continue reading

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“Why is tennis scoring so weird?”

The other day while driving past a neighborhood tennis court, the subject of scoring naturally came up. Everyone in the car agreed that the standard Love-15-30-40 scoring system used in tennis was pretty bizarre. Oddly specific, too, in that way … Continue reading

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“Did any of the Presidents not like toys?”

It’s nearing the end of the year, so I’m in a clear-out-the-old-backlog-of-questions sort of mood. Back when The Eight-Year-Old was only five, we spent a lovely afternoon building a village for her toy dinosaurs out of Lincoln logs. After carefully … Continue reading

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The Six-Year-Old plays checkers

Although she’s only ever played checkers while waiting for a table at Cracker Barrel, my daughter is a master checker player. (Typing that it occurs to me that perhaps we spend too much time at Cracker Barrel. Hmm. Well, something … Continue reading

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The sweetness of six-year-olds

Yesterday, as we were driving home from a highly satisfactory dinner at Horse Thief Hollow*, we passed a softball field in the middle of a not-yet-known-to-me neighborhood.  Mommyo, sentimentally: “Ahh, that reminds me of the softball field I used to … Continue reading

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The Six-Year-Old goes bowling

The Six-Year-Old simply adores candlepin bowling. And I adore her running commentary as she does it. The Six-Year-Old bowls, hoping as Six-Year-Olds will, for a strike her first time out. Her ball travels oh-so-slowly down Candlepin Alley toward a pristine … Continue reading

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In which The Six-Year-Old deploys her secret weapon

Looks like Daddyo’s chess domination days may be numbered. In case you’re curious, the book The Six-Year-Old is reading is Chess for Children by Murray Chandler. Related Links: Chess for Children (Caterpickles)

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Chess for Children

Mommyo, chortling as she opens up her Amazon package: “The Five-Year-Old and I have a secret weapon to beat you at chess, Daddyo.” The Five-Year-Old, subtly: “Forget what Mommyo said, Daddyo. It’s not a valuable clue.” Related articles Daddyo’s Winter … Continue reading

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If you draw a preschooler a mouse

If you draw a preschooler a mouse, She’ll tell you he looks hungry, and ask you to draw him a plate of cheese. When you draw the cheese, she’ll tell you he needs a cracker. And when she sees your … Continue reading

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