The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 2

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PIT-COUNTER—PIZE BALL
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in a measure for his ill luck in the former game. The stakes were the plain horn or bone buttons—buttons with nicks were more valuable—a plain one being valued at two u scroggies," or "scrogs," the fancy ones, and especially livery buttons, commanding a higher price.—Rev. W. Gregor. See " Buttons."
Pit-counter
A game played by boys, who roll counters in a small hole. The exact description I have not been able to get.—Halliwell's Dictionary.
Pits
A game at marbles. The favourite recreation with the young fishermen in West Cornwall. Forty years ago " Pits " and ''Towns" were the common games, but the latter only is now played. Boys who hit their nails are looked on with great contempt, and are said "to fire Kibby." When two are partners, and one in playing accidentally hits the other's marble, he cries out, " No custance," meaning that he has a right to put back the marble struck ; should he fail to do so, he would be considered "out."—Folk-lore Journal, v. 60. There is no description of the method of playing. It may be the same as "Cherry Pits," played with marbles instead of cherry stones (vol. i. p. 66). Mr. Newell, Games and Songs of American Children, p. 187, says "The pits are thrown over the palm; they must fall so far apart that the fingers can be passed between them. Then with a fillip of the thumb the player makes his pit strike the enemy's and wins both."
Pize Ball
Sides are picked; as, for example, six on one side and six on the other, and three or four marks or tuts are fixed in a field. Six go out to field, as in cricket, and one of these throws the ball to one of those who remain "at home," and the one "at home" strikes or pizes it with his hand. After pizing it he runs to one of the " tuts," but if before he can get to the " tut" he is struck with the ball by one of those in the field, he is said to be burnt, or out. In that case the other side go out to field.—Addy's Sheffield Glossary.
See " Rounders."







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