The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 1

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EZZEKA—FATHER'S FIDDLE
If this conclusion is correct, the particular form of the game preserved by Mr. Addy may be the parent form of all games
in which the act of winding is indicated. There is more reason for this when we consider how easy the notion of clock-winding would creep in after the old veneration for the sacred alder tree had ceased to exist.
See " Bulliheisle," " Wind up the Bush Faggot," " Wind up the Watch."
Ezzeka          Qld Ezzeka did one day stand
Upon a barrel top; The bung flew out, and all at once It went off with a pop. —Dronfield (S. O. Addy). This game is usually played in a house or schoolroom, by boys and girls. A boy or girl is chosen who is considered to be able to stand a joke. He sits on a chair. A stool is put behind, upon which a boy called "Ezzeka." stands. Then the other boys and girls in the room sing the lines. As they are finished, Ezzeka, who has a bottle of water in his hand, takes out the cork, and pours the water upon his victim's head. This game may be compared with the game of " King Arthur " mentioned by Brand (Pop. Antiq.) ii. 393).
Father's Fiddle
This is a boys' game. One boy says to another, " Divv (do) ye ken (know) aboot my father's fiddle ? " On replying that







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