The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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TIRING IRONS—TIT-TAT-TOE
houses. He that first gets three in a line wins the game. —Peacock's Mauley and Corringham Glossary. Brogden (Provincial Words, Lincolnshire) calls it Tit-tat-toe, also Low-sley (Berkshire Glossary).
Northall says called Tick-tack-toe in Warwickshire and Staffordshire; the rhyme is "Tick-tack-toe, I've caught you."
This game is called " Noughts and Crosses," in London, probably from those marks being used in the game.
See " Kit-Cat-Cannio," " Noughts and Crosses."
Tiring Irons.
An old game with iron rods and rings.—Holland's Cheshire Glossary.
Tisty Tosty
See " Shuttlefeather," " Teesty Tosty."
Titter-totter
The game of see-saw.—H alii well's Dictionary.
Tit-tat-toe.
A game played by school children on slates. A round is drawn, which is divided into as many divisions as is thought necessary, sixteen being generally the least. These divisions are each numbered, the centre containing a higher figure than any in the divisions, usually 25, 50, or 100. Several children can play. They each have a place or square allotted to them on the slate in which to record the numbers they obtain. A space is allotted to " Old Nick " or the " Old Man." The players alternately take a pencil in their right hand (hold­ing it point downwards on 1, and tapping on each number with it), and shutting their eyes move round and round the diagram saying—
" Tit, tat, toe, my first go,
Three jolly butcher boys all in a row
Stick one up, stick one down,
Stick one in the old man's ground," stopping and keeping the pencil in an upright position when the last word is said. The player then opens his eyes, and registers in his square the number at which the pencil stopped.







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