Sport: Skips & Stones

In 1854 the good people of Boston were mystified by the sight of men in mufflers chasing ponderous stones across frozen ponds, furiously sweeping the ice with kitchen brooms. Last week the average U. S. citizen was still mystified by that same strange game: curling.

In curling, a "rink" is a team, a "tee" is a goal, a "skip" is a captain, a "bonspiel" is a meet. "Dead end" is a scoreless inning. Scots have played it for over 300 years, with so much enthusiasm that they once enticed Queen Victoria herself to try it...

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