QUOITS





A game played with flattish malleable iron or rubber rings about nine

inches in diameter and convex on the upper side, which the players

endeavour to loss or pitch so that they will encircle a pin or peg

driven into the ground, or to come nearer to this peg than their

opponents. The peg is called a "hob." A certain form of quoits is

played with horseshoes throughout the country districts of America. A

quoit player endeavours to give the quoit such a position in mid-air

that it will not roll but will cut into the ground at the point where

it lands. The game is remotely similar to the ancient Greek game of

throwing the discus. Iron quoits may be purchased for a dollar a set.



The average weight of the quoits used by experts is from seven to nine

pounds each. Sixty-one points constitute a game. The distance from the

peg shall be either 10, 15 or 18 yards. For a space three feet around

the pin or peg the ground should be clay. In match games, all quoits

that fall outside a radius of 18 inches from the centre of the pin are

"foul," and do not count in the score.





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