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Nuts in May. [Vol. i. pp. 424-433]
Many versions of this have been sent me, but none differ materially from those printed previously.
A game played by two or three hundred persons who form a circle; every one places his stick in the ground before him, by way of barrier. A person called the odd man stands in the middle and delivers his bonnet to any one in the ring. This is nimbly handed round, and the owner is to recover it; and on succeeding, takes the place of the person whom he took it from, and that person takes the middle place.—Pennant's " Voyage to the Hebrides," p. 231.
Old Cranny Crow. [Vol. i. p. 201 j ii. pp. 404-405.]
This game resembles " Hen and Chickens," but though of that class of game it is not, it will be seen, the usual form of " Hen and Chickens" at its conclusion. The earlier part of the game and dialogue, if any, may, however, have been similar. Mr. Rouse says: " I cannot recollect more of Old Cranny Crow than that she entices children one by one out for a walk, and steals them from their supposed mother. The mother is then invited to dine by Old Cranny Crow, and has a pie (one of her children) set before her, with pepper and salt, which she pretends to eat, and when doing so discovers it to be just like her Tommy (or other child's name). Then Cranny Crow puts another pie before her; this she discovers to be just like her Katy. She finds out all her children one by one, and they come to life again and run home.—M. L. Rouse, Black-heath. [See " Mother, mother, pot boils over," " Witch."]
Old Johanny Hairy, Crap in!
All players sit round the fire and put out their right feet. The Master of the game repeats—
Onery, twoery, dickery dary, Wispy, spinde)', spoke of the lindey, Old Johanny Hairy
Crap in !x
1 Crap—draw. VOL. II. 2 F