Sport: Americans at the Bonspiel

Curling, a peculiar sport that had its beginnings in Scotland around 1500, is a winter version of the English game of bowling on the green. It also has shuffleboard overtones. Last week, for the first time, curling's native Scotland was invaded by a group of curlers from the U.S., where there are an estimated 4,000 confirmed addicts concentrated mainly in enthusiastic clubs around New England and the upper Middle West.

In its purebred Scottish form, the game is played on a 46-yd. strip of ice, usually on an indoor rink where the ice is...

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