Stump the Net - September, 2000

Once again, its time to play Stump the Net!

If you can answer any of the questions below you may have just won the undying gratitude of the person who posed the question and the admiration of your peers!

This month folks are looking for information on the following games:

From: Joe Treadway (
Subject: Social Security????
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 11:35:12 -0600

I'm a Winter Texan staying in South Texas during the cold season. A lot of folks here are playing a Board/Card game called Jokers by some and Social Security by others. Have you heard of it and if you have can you post the rules? It seems to be a fast paced no brainer, making it fun for the feeble minds of retirement!

On The Road

Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 07:36:24 -0600
From: Ember & Rick (
Subject: fifty (a dice game)

My 4-H group is sponsoring card parties (we do this every other year) to make money for our local fire department. One of the games we play is a dice game called Fifty, which is very popular with a few older women and the younger kids.

We had a sheet of rules, but it turned out to be only how to keep score, nothing about when a round is over, how many rolls of the dice you get at a time, etc. Last week none of the old pros attended so the young moms and their kids kind of improvised.

Can anyone give me some sort of official rules? This game may be only native to Northeast Wisconsin, but I'm hoping someone else has heard of it.

Unsigned in Wisconsin

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 19:36:44 -0600
From: Trent/Thea Anderson (
Subject: wooden game..with no instructions


I inherited a game from a relative who living in Denmark in the mid 1960's. This wooden game is about 9 inches square with a hollowed out bowel [bowl, perhaps? - ed] shaped center. Around the perimeter of the center are 8 evenly spaced indentations that a 1/2 inch diameter wooden sphere can fit into. A spinning top or dreidel is spun in the center of the bowel and knocks these wooden spheres into the indentations. The indentations are labeled with dice like numerals of 2,3,4,and 5 in the corners and 1 on the remaining spots.

Do you have any idea what this game is called or where I might be able to find instructions? I would be thankful for any response.

Trent Anderson

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 21:26:16 -0600
From: Laura Sanguino (
Subject: Cuban Dominoe


I would like to know if you know a game called Cuban Dominoe. It's similar to the chicken foot, but I don't know where to find the instructions of how to play it.


Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 22:13:17 EST
Subject: Jamaican dominoe game

About 10 years ago we were in Jamaica on vacation. In the town of Ocho Rios, we noticed some sort of domino game being played at tables set up on the sidewalk. The pace with which the players scooped up and played their dominoes was almost frantic, along with much chattering in their native patois.

We couldn't make any sense of the game, or the language, and we didn't want to interrupt them and ask for an explanation. Now I wish I had, since I still think about it and I have not been able to find any instructions that sound similar to what they were playing.

Do you know anything about such a game?

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