The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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ROCKETY ROW—ROLY-POLY                       115
The players choose a name, and another player asks them questions, beginning with, " The Parson's hen-roost was robbed last night, were you there ?" To all questions each player must answer by repeating his own name only: if he forgets and says, " Yes" or " No," he has to take the questioner's place.—Haxey, Lincolnshire (Mr. C. C. Bell).
Rockety Row
A play in which two persons stand with their backs to each other, one passing his arms under the shoulders of the other, they alternately lift each other from the ground.—Jamieson's Dictionary.
See " Bag o' Malt," " Weigh the Butter."
Roll up Tobacco
See "Bulliheisle," "Eller Tree," "Wind up the Bush Faggot."
Roly-poly
A game played with a certain number of pins and a ball, resembling half a cricket ball. One pin is placed in the centre, the rest (with the exception of one called the Jack) are placed in a circle round it; the Jack is placed about a foot or so from the circle, in a line with the one in the circle and the one in the centre. The centre one is called the King, the one between that and the Jack, the Queen. The King counts for three, the Queen two, and each of the other pins for one each, except Jack. The art of the game lies in bowling down all the pins except Jack, for if Jack is bowled down, the player has just so many deducted from his former score as would have been added if he had not struck the Jack (Holloway's Diet. Provincialisms). This game was formerly called " Half-bowl," and was prohibited by a statute of Edward IV. (Halli-well's Dictionary). Brockett {North Country Words and







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