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Friday, August 11, 2006

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer

The Friday Brain-teaser from Xrefer - this week: Ball Games. Answers here.

1. Which game is the national summer game of the USA: a bat-and-ball game played between two teams, each of nine players, on a pitch marked out in the form of a diamond?
2. In which game would you find tees, greens, fairways, woods and irons?
3. Which indoor game for two or four players originated in England in the late 19th century from real tennis? It is played on a table 9 feet long and 5 feet wide, using a small hollow plastic ball.
4. Which game was devised when Connecticut put a ban on "bowling at nine pins" in 1841?
5. In which game do two teams hit a large ball back and forth over a high net with their hands?
6. What is the game in which two teams of ten players try to throw a ball into the opposing side's goal with a long-handled stick that has a triangular head with a loose mesh pouch for catching and carrying the ball?
7. "Flannelled fools" was a term used by Rudyard Kipling to describe people who played which game?
8. Which game is similar to baseball but played with a lighter bat, a larger and softer ball, and using a smaller field?
9. Which sport was developed in England in 1869 and originally called "soccer-in-water"?
10. Which game was created by Dr James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891-92, to give athletes an indoor game to play in the winter?

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