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Publication numberUS2512820 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 27, 1950
Filing dateSep 25, 1946
Priority dateSep 25, 1946
Publication numberUS 2512820 A, US 2512820A, US-A-2512820, US2512820 A, US2512820A
InventorsBader Hans
Original AssigneeDavid J Jones
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrical game board for salvo games
US 2512820 A
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June 27, 1950 y H. BADER ELECTRICAL GAME BOARD RoR sALvo GAMES Filed Sept. 25, 1946 lllllllllllllll l l June 27, 1950 H, BADER 2,512,820

ELECTRICAL GAME BOARD EoR sALvo GAMES' Filed sept. 25. 194e 4 sheets-sheet 2' @CDG INVENTOR.

BY @EQ/5m June 27, 1950 H. BADER ELECTRICAL GAME BOARD FOR sALvo GAMES 4 Sheets-Sheet 3 Filed Sept. 25, 1946 INVENTOR.

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June 27, 195o H, BADER 2,512,820

ELIEICTRICAI.-f :GAME BOARD FOR SALVO GAMES Filed Sept. 25, 1946 4 Sheets-Sheet 4 (ZZ @y 30 MAMMUT-[gg A @if Patented June 27, 195() UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE ELECTRICAL GAME BOARD FOR SALVO GAMES Hans Bader, Palos Heights, Ill., assignor of onehalf to David J. Jones, Chicago, Ill.

Application September 25, 1946, Serial No. 699,147 9 claims. (c1. 273-130) Ihis invention relates to games and more parv enemy fleet of a predetermined number and ject of the player is to find the enemy ships and place in each the required number of shots for sinking with the least total expenditure of shots. When played against an opponent, turns are taken and the first to sink the others fleet as deployed, is the winner. When played solitaire against an unknown record opponent, the object is to work for the low score of shots expended, as in golf.

With the foregoing general explanation in mind, at least some of the following objects of my invention may be more readily understood.

As a general object, my present invention contemplates the provision of a game and the playing apparatus therefor which involvesy both skill and chance and which may be [played by one person alone, as well as with an opponent.

It is a further object of this invention to provide a game adapted to solitaire play and wherein a single record type opponent gives a plurality of unknown combinations for play.

My invention additionally comprehends the provision of a game utilizing a playing board adapted to the reception of various unknown record type obstacle combinations to be overcome in the process of play.

Another object of the invention is to provide a solitaire game embodying electrical means for indicating the progress of play in the game.

For another object my invention contemplates the provision of a solitaire game utilizing record type opponents and -Wherein both turning and reversal of the records are utilized to vary and multiply the combinations of play attainable.

As a further object the invention comprehends the provision of an electrical system for indicating the progress of play which is adapted selectively to distinguish various results of said progress.

vide a unique combination of apparatus for incorporating the various aforementioned features of my game into a compact, effective, intriguing and salable structure. y

Additionally, my present invention has for an object the provision of unique record type opponents for a solitaire game rwhich are salable separately or with the game.

Other objects and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following description and the accompanying drawings in which similar characters of reference indicate similar parts throughout the several views.

Referring to the drawings, of which there are four sheets,

Fig. l is. a top plan View of a game embodying a preferred lforxn of my present invention;

Fig. 2 is a top plan View of a removable part of the apparatus for the game shown in Fig. 1, wherein various portions have been cut away at successively different levels to illustrate certain details of the construction;

Fig. 3 is a lfragmentary sectional view of a portion of the apparatus shown in Fig. 2 drawn to an enlarged scale and wherein the section is taken substantially on a line 3-3 of Fig. 2;

Fig. 4 is a plan view of a part of the apparatus utilized in the game shown in Fig. 1 and wherein portions are cut a'way to indicate details of internal construction;

Fig. 5 is an end elevational view of the game shown in Fig. 1 which depicts the apparatus when viewed substantially as indicated by a line 5-5 in Fig. 1 and the accompanying arrows;

Fig. 6 is a side elevational view of the game shown in Fig. 1, wherein the structure is depicted as viewed from a position such as that illustrated Iby a line 6 6 in Fig. 1 and the accompanying arrows;

Fig. 7 is a fragmentary sectional view of a portion of the apparatus shown in Fig. 1 and wherein the section is taken substantially on va line 1 1 of Fig. 1;

f Fig. 8 is a fragmentary sectional View of a portion of the apparatus illustrated in Fig. 6 and draiwn to an enlarged scale;

Fig. 9 is a fragmentary sectional view drawn to an enlarged scale and wherein the section is taken substantially on a line 9-9 of Fig. 1;

Fig. l0 is a fragmentary sectional view Iwith the section taken substantially on a line lll-I0 of Fig. 9;A f

Fig. 11 is a `fragmentary sectional View drawn to an enlarged scale of a portion ofthe apparatus as indicated by a, line lI--Il in Fig.v 1; and

Fig.. 12 is a schematic circuit diagram depict` 3 ing my preferred electrical circuit for the game illustrated in Fig. 1.

Having reference to the structural details of the exemplary embodiment of my game playing apparatus shown in the accompanying drawings for purposes of illustration, a playing board l5 includes a base I6 which is preferablymade of insulating material. The disclosed structure depicts a base construction which is not only durable and satisfactory for the intended purpose' but is also relatively inexpensive-to produce. In

the disclosed base structure, a bottom panel' l'lV has secured thereto at one end an end panel I8. Extending from the end panel-toward the opposite end of the bottom panel adjacent opposite side edges of the bottom panelare narrow strips I9 and 2t of substantially the same thickness as the end panel I8. An intermediate-panel 22r overlies the side stripsl i9 and a marginal portionfnofthe end panel. The'side strips* and end panel are secured-together andto the bottom panel and intermediate panel byffastening means, such -asrivets 23.` The panels andv stripsthus securedtogether form a relatively deep recordreceiving recess or pocket 24 of rectangular shape opening outwardly of: thebase at the end oppositethe'end panel I8.

Onthe top ofthe intermediate panel 22 and substantially over the central portion of the record-receiving recess or pocket is secured a relatively thick top'panel' 25. The top panel 25 and-the intermediate panel 22 are drilled or punched with a multiplicity of apertures 26, which apertures are, by preference, systematically arranged so thatany one may be designated by ka system of coordinates. In the disclosed playing board the-'apertures 26 are separated in rows and the rows areseparated in a direction lateral to the `separation of the apertures in the rows. Although .not particularly essential, the spacing of the apertures in the rows is substantially equal to the separation of the rowswhereby the apertures'dene a rectangular pattern wherein their individual locations may badesignated by `a coordinate system of letters and' numerals. In Fig; l 'l5 have indicated that the rows along one side maybe designated by letters, such as A, B, 0, etc; while the transverse rows are designated'by a series of numbers, such als-EHI, u2, n3, etc.

The top lpanel 25, and particularlyk the area covered bythe apertures 26, is desirably smaller than the record-receiving recess so that a. marginal space is left between the edges of the recess and the apertured area. A target record 21, shown inFigs. 2 and 3, rits into the record-receiving recess 2li and has apertures 28 land 29 in opposite sides thereof `disposed for alignment with the apertures 2G" in .the top panel when one or the other of the acesof therecord is placed uppermost. The marginal portion ofthe record surrounding the apertures corresponds to that between the openings 2t and the edges of the record-receiving recess so-that the alignment of theapertures in the record with those in' the top` panel is effected upon the insertion of the record into the recess. At the open end of the recess; the bottom Land intermediate panels rl1 and 22, respectively, are preferably notched at their mid-portion, as indicated at 2Min Figs. land-'5,130 leave an--eXposed edge of the record which may be vreadily gripped during removal and insertion. of the record.y

By making the record square as well as rec# tan'gular, .it may-befvreadily understood-.that a 42 l'iaving';` separate 1 indicating.: positions. 43;. 44;

single record may be inserted into the recordreceiving recess in four different positions which provide alignment of the record apertures with those in the top panel. Also, by providing apertures in both faces of the record, the number of possible positions of placement of the record within the recess is doubled,v whereby a single record provides a possibility of eight variations of the game. The removability of the records further provides for variations of the game by the interchange of records as well as by changing the record positions.

For use in my presently disclosed game which is adapted vto solitaire playing by one person and has-an electrically operated indicator, the target recordsmay be constructed as shown in Figs. 2 and 3. That is, each record includes a plurality oflayers or sheets of insulating material of like size and shape placed vtogether in face-to-face relationship and comprising outer and inner apertured-layers 3l and 30, respectively, on one side of an'intermediatey sheet' 32 and outer and inner apertured layers 33 and 34-on the opposite sideof .the intermediate sheet. The apertures'in both .outer and inner layers correspond inY num ber and placement with the apertures in the top panel 25 of the playing board. One or more target elements, such as'35 in Fig. 3, of electrically conductivematerial, such asrnetal foil, are interposed between the -inner apertured layer 3G and the intermediate sheet 32. Each such target element isaligned with one or more oftheaper-` tures 28.

As indicatedy in Figa 1 and 2*, a? pluralityoi target elements 35,38; 3T, 38 .and 3S! are `disposed inspaced `v'relationshipbetween the inner apertured layer Si) and the intermediate sheet 32 to symbolize a iieetf. The target elements-are dis tributed in spaced relationship over the apertured playing area kof the'board. in positions unknown to the player. The coloring of the intermediate sheet 32 and the various-target elements ispref'- erably such that they cannot be readily distinguished by loolringV into the apertures of the target record `before it is inserted -into the playinglooarcl.` Furthermore, the intermediate sheet 32 acts as a blinding layer and has apertures, suchasd- (Fig. 2), only'atfthe positions of the target elements.- With this construction, allof the target record apertures appear to be closed at theirmid-portion but the aperturesdll at the positions of the target elements permit electrical contact with those target elements through the apertures on both sides-ofthe record. Thus, both sides oi' .the record maybe utilized to provide variations of the game through reversal aswell as rotation thereof sowas to change the positions of the various. target elements with respect to the aperturesinY the topepanel.:

For each placement-of the targetrecord 'in the playing board,:the object of the game is to locate all of the. targetrecord apertures with which a target element is associated and through the use of as few'chancesfas possible. When the game is played with an opposing player, each player may arrange andfknowthe positions'of his target elements. The'other player. without such knowledge,.seeks:to ind the vopposers target positions, which imaybezdesignated by coordinates, the one giving the positions of theiothers target elements through' the use of the'least numberof searching chances wins the game;

In order to adapt my game to solitaireplaying, Iprefer to Ause anelectrically operated indicator 45,46, and 41 associated with each of the target elements. By preference, the separate indicating positions may even indicate the size of their associated target elements. With each indicating position is associated an electrically operated visual indicating element 48, which, as shown in Fig. 7, comprises a miniature lamp bulb.

To eifect the operation of each indicating element when its associated target elementis contacted, each target element is connected by an electrical conductor to a terminal connector on the edge of the target record which serves as a part of a battery operated electrical circuit through one of the indicating elements. Additionally, in the presently disclosed apparatus and lfor the purpose of making the target record usable in any one of a plurality of positions, the terminal connectors are mounted in symmetrin cally disposed relationship on each edge of the target record.

Referring again to Figs. 2 and 3, a plurality of conductors 49, 59, 52, 53, and 54 are mounted in spaced and substantially parallel relationship between the outer and inner apertured layers 29 and 30, respectively. Between the outer and inner apertured layers 33 and 34 are mounted a plurality of similarly spaced and parallel conductors 55, 56, 51, 58 and 59 extending across the target record in a direction transverse to that of the previously mentioned conductors. At their opposite ends the conductors are each connected to a terminal connector 66, which terminal connectors overlap side edge portions of the assembled insulating layers which constitute the target record and are secured in place by fastening means, such as rivets 62, which also hold the parts of the target record in their assembled relationship.

Although the transversely disposed groups of conductors are normally separated and insulated from each other by the intervening layers 30 and 34 and the intermediate sheet 32y prede- 511 and 59, 53 and 58, 52 and 51, 5G and 56, 49 and 55.


Then the target elements are each connected to one of the conductors of each group, either directly or through the connections between conductors. That is, the target element 38 is connected to conductors 54 and 59; the target element 31 is connected to conductors 53 and 58; the target element 36 is connected to conductors 52 and 51; the target element 35 is connected to conductors 5B and 55; and the target element 39 is connected to conductors 11S and 55.

Regardless of the spacing and distribution of the target elements with reference to the apertures through which they are contacted, the laterally disposed groups of conductors and their associated terminal connectors are desirably symmetrically and uniformly arranged with respect to the various sides of the target record and are preferably grouped at the mid-portion of each side so that when the record is placed in the recess of the playing board in any one of its various positions and with either side up, the

terminal connectors are disposed in predetermined positions relative to the playing board.

In the disclosed embodiment of my invention, and as depicted in Figs. 1 and '1, the intermediate panel 22 of the base Ahas a cut-away portion 63 at the end thereof adjacent the end panel I6 and through which the terminal connectors 56 of the target record are exposed when the record is properly placed in the recess of the playing board. Although means might be provided for making continuous electrical connections to the terminal connectors of the record when it is inserted into the playing board, I prefer to use the indicator 42 as a part of a switch which normally maintains the circuit open while the chance connections to the target elements are being made so that an indication of the success or failure of the chance connection is not provided until after the chance connection is completely made and the switch is closed.

As shown in Figs. 1, 6 and '1, my preferred construction embodies a battery case 64 mounted relative to the base along one edge of the end panel i8 and supported by suitable brackets 65 which are anchored to the base. For resiliently supporting the electrically operated indicator 42, a support arm 66 has a portion 61 which fits around the battery case with a curved end portion 68 engaging the end panel I8 of the base. At the projecting end of the support arm, an indicator housing 68 is securedl thereto by fastening means, such as screws 10, at a position over the cut-away portion 63 and is insulated therefrom by a strip of insulating material 12. The housing 69 has a removable cover 13 which is also held in place by the screws 1U and has apertures therein which provide the indicating positions 113, 15, 15, 46 and 41.

The base portion of the housing 69 and the extending end of the support arm 66 are provided with aligned apertures 14 and 15, respectively, the edges of which are formed to provide sockets for receiving and holding the miniature lamp bulbs 48, as shown in Fig. '1; there being one of the lamp bulbs below each of the indicating positions in the cover. Compression springs, such as 16, are disposed between the lamp bulbs and the cover 13 to hold the lamp bulbs in their respective sockets. In each instance, one electrical connection is made to each of the lamp bulbs through the engagement of the base shell of the bulb with the support arm, and in each instance the base terminal of the bulb extends through one of the apertures in the support arm to anv exposed position below the arm and spaced for engagement with one of the terminal connectors 60 o the target record when the support arm is manually movedto a position, such as that indicated in dot and dash lines at 66a n Fig. 6.

One connection to the batteries carried by the case 64 is made through the battery case, and thence to the support arm 66 and the base shell terminals of each of the lamp bulbs. Although the game might be played with a single connection to the other terminal of the battery, I prefer to improve the interest of the game by providing a plurality of such connections. In the disclosed embodiment, an insulating cap 11 iits into one end of the battery case and has anchored thereto the ends of a plurality of flexible electrical conductors 13, 19 and 3Q, which conductors are electrically connected together and make contact with the end terminal of a battery 82, as indicated in'Fig. 1. Each iiexible conductor is sufliciently negara-82o -longfto reachfanyrof the:apertures5262initheip1ayingiboard'andfcarries at its free enda connector :plug '-83 iwhichxiszadapted to fit-into anyrof lthe `apertures 26 kand .has an yexposedend terminal .vwhich is electricaliyconductive and .provides `a circuit :fromlonezof the target elements `to the battery when Vsuch `target element is engaged thereby.

My ,preferred construction for the connector .plug `83 fis depicted. in Fig. '4. v'An outer metal shell zcovers andY isvsecured to the end ofione of *the flexible conductors, such as =18.,-and provides a carrier for a plug conductor-'86' which I -desire :to make of electrical resistance fmaterial land which is eXposed't'o provide theendterminal 8.4. The plug conductor is -insulated ffrorn/ the surrounding shell by a layerof. insulating material 811-. Also, as shown in Figs.-4,9.\and '10, end portions 88 are longitudinally segregated'yirom the remainder ofthe shell yby longitudinal. slots.

and -formed to provide resilient :laterally projecting springs adapted to engage the surfaces of the apertures .25 iirmly to support the plug when placed therein.

When a plurality of flexible conductors are used, Iitis Ypossible to simultaneously eiect contacts with diierent 'target elements or to have more than one contact at a time with a single target element. It is for this reason that I-pre- .fer to Ainclude an electrical resistance element in series with each of the flexible conductors, which, in 'the present instance, comprises the .plug conductor `85. When one of the flexible -conchictors makes contact with only one'- of the target lelements and the indicator lis manually depressed so `that the lamp terminals-make -contact with their respective connector terminals of the target record, a circuit is completed to the .indicating element'associatedwith the contacted target element to eiect a `normal .indication by that yindicating element. -On the other hand, whena plurality-of nexibie conductorsv make con- `tactwith a'single target element, the eiect is to connect .the-series resistances of the conductors in-paralIel; thus 'effecting a more` brilliant inldication by the lamp which is associated with the ycontacted target element.

In the circuit-diagramsdisclosed in Fig. 12, the .parts thereof have been numberedwtoicorrespond with the -structural parts which `have been illustrated kand described, but the representation is diagrammatic. For instance, the battery connection. .to the battery case indicated as -a ground-connection at 89. 'I-he'switches 9U vare provided by `the resilient support for vthe indicator housing which normally opens the circuit toa terminal of eachof the indicator elements. The various target elements are indicated as `providing a number =of connectors corresponding to the number of apertures 2:5 which they underlie.

.As the game is played,-the connector plugs are each inserted into selected ones of the apertures f2.3- before the indicator is moved downwardly'to complete the circuit. After they have been placed, theindicator is manually. depressed to complete the circuit, whereupon the illuminated lamps, together with their brilliance, provide an indication of the-success or failure 'of thechance attempts to locateoneof the targetV elements, as wellvasfproviding an indication of the target element located and the number of conductors contacting the target element. During the progress of the-game the -totalnumber of chances is scored to determine the number required. to

flocate all of the target elements andthe number of: apertures coveredzby Vthose target elements.

For convenience in playing the game and keeping track of the number of hits scored on each 'tai'.getfelement, I prefer to provide a scoremarkingsheet 92'on`the upper surface of the support arm $6, which `may be checked or otherwise markedY to show' the number of hits scored on eachftarget element as the gaine progresses. 4By

preference, the score marking sheet is one of the well-known varieties of sheets from which marks maybe readily'erased or removed'at the beginning of each. game. One such marking sheet, which .isfwellv known, is often referred to as a magicfslate As .afurther playing convenience, a sheet of thin vpaper may be .placed over the top panel 25 and apertures 2B, so that each time a plug is placed the paper ispunched to leave arecord-oi the apertures tried. As an alternative, a punched sheet of the type referred to for. keeping score :may lbe secured to the top panel for recording by :marks the apertures tried.

While the initial location of a target element is a matter of chance, the use of the indications obtained the further determination of the full extent of the target element and its disposiltionlareinfluenced by skill as well as chance. The

use of thethree flexible conductors simultaneous- `iyin playing'the game, particularly irl-association with a vswitch which keeps the indicator circuit open Auntil after the plugs are placed, adds intrigue to the game and may well offer opportunity 'for the exercise of skill in the location and Vf ieterrnination of the full number of hits required fer-.each target element.

While lhave illustrated a preferred embodiment of my invention, many inodiiications may be made without departing from the spirit of the invention, and I do-not wish to be limited to the `precisedetailsoi construction set forth, but desire to avail' myself of all changes within the scope of the-appended claims.

Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is:

l. A `game incorporating battery operated signal means and comprising, in combination, -a playing board including a base of insulating material, an aperturedvtop panel of insulating material secured to the top surface of the base, the apertures in said top panel 4being arranged in equally spaced parallel rows and the apertures in said rows being equally spaced from each other so as to form rows disposed laterally to the iirst mentioned rows, said base having a record-receivingrecess therein underlying and parallel 'to said top panel, the dimensions of the recess being such that marginal portions thereof extend beyond the top panel, said base having an opening therein at one side of the top panel and adjoining one ofthe marginal portions of the recordreceiving recess, a battery case secured to th'e base adjacent said opening, a lamp housing having therein and supporting a plurality of miniature light bulbs spaced from one another in Ja row, means resiliently supporting said lamp housing at a position over said opening, contact means for each of said light bulbs facing said opening, a vtarget record composed of insulating materialhaving thereon conductive strips o'f predetermined sizes at .positions unknown .to the player and such that they each underlie a plurality of said apertures, said target reccrdbeing of asize and shape to lit into said recess and 9. havingv contacts on one `margin underlying said contact meansxan-d each connected electrically to: one of said conductor strips, a plurality of flexible conductors anchored to said battery case and electrically connected to one battery terminal, saidfflexible conductors having terminal plugs thereon adapted to fit into said apertures to contact said conductive strips, means connecting the other battery terminal in series with said light bulbs so that when one of the target strips is contacted by one of the terminal plugs and said lamp housing is manually moved to eiect engagement of said contact means and contacts a circuit is closed from the battery to an appropriate one of said lamps.

2. A game incorporating battery operated signal means and comprising, in combination, a playing board including a base, an apertured top panel secured to the top surface of the base, the apertures in said top panel being arranged in symmetrically spaced relationship so that each has a position definable by coordinates, recordholding means on the lower side of the base opposite said top panel, a battery case secured to the base near one end of the top panel, a lamp housing having therein and supporting a plurality of miniature light bulbs spaced from one another, 'means for resiliently supporting said lamp housing relative to the base, said lamp housing being normally biased from Vthe base and manually movable toward it, contact means for each of said light bulbs facing the base, a target record composed of insulating material having thereon conductive strips of predetermined sizes at positions unknown to the player and such that each underlies a plurality of said apertures, said target record being of a size and shape to t said record-holding means, means for effecting electrical connections between each of said contact means and a preselected one of said conductive strips when said lamp housing is manually moved toward said base, a plurality of exible conductors anchored to said battery case and electrically connected to one battery terminal, said flexible conductors having terminal plugs thereon adapted to lit into said apertures to contact said conductive strips, means connecting the other battery terminal in series circuit relation to said light bulbs so that when one of the target strips is contacted by one of the terminal plugs and said lamp housing is manually moved a circuit is closed from the battery to a preselected one of said lamps. g

3. A game incorporating battery operated signal means and comprising, in combination, a playing board including a base having a top panel portion, said top panel portion being provided with a multiplicity of contact-receiving means distributed in spaced relationship over the surface thereof, record-holding means on the lower side of the top panel, a battery case secured to the base, electrically operable visible indicating means mounted on the base and including a plurality or indicating elements, normally open circuit-interrupting means in circuit forming relationship with the indicatng means, a pluralty of flexible leads each anchored at one end and being of a length suflicient to reach any of said contactreceiving means, each of said flexible leads having a terminal plug on the free end thereof adapted to fit said contact-receiving means, said circuit-interrupting means, indicating means and the battery carried by said case being connected in series cir-cuit relation and having each one of said flexible leads connected in series therewith,

series connection of the indicating means tothesizes and disposed in positions unknown to theplayer or the game at which they underlie various groups of said contact-receiving means, and.

means for completing the series connection of each of the indicating elements to the battery when one of said terminal plugs is placed in vav` contact-receiving means on, a predetermined one'- of said target elements and said circuit-inter- 4. A game incorporating battery 'operated sigi nal means and comprising, in combination, a. playing board includingl a base having a topv panel portion, said top-panel portion being pro-f. vided with a multiplicity of contact-receiving means distributed in Aspaced relationship over the surface thereof, record-holding means on the lower side of the top panel, battery-holding means on the base andincluding battery terminal connectors, electricallyy operable -indicating means mounted on the base, normally open circuit-interrupting means, a flexible llead' anchored at one` end and being of a length such that it will reach any of said conta-ct-receiving means, terminal means on the free end of the flexible lead and adapted-to fit said contact-receivingY means, said circuit-interruptingY means, indicating means, battery terminal connectorsand flexible leadsv being connected together in series circuit relation, v

al target record removably mounted in said record-holding meansv and including an electri- -cally conductive target element disposed in relation to the position of one of said contact-re-` ceiving -means`,` and means for-completing the battery when one of said terminal connectors is placed in the contact-receiving means with which said target element is associated and said circuitinterrupting means is closed.

5. A game as deiined in claim 2 and further characterized by resistors connected in series with said flexible conductors, whereby a more brilliant indication of one of the lamps is provided when two of said terminal plugs contact the same conductive strip so as to place said resistors in parallel circuit relationship with respect to one of the lamps.

6. A game as defined in claim 3 wherein said target record is shaped for mounting in said record-holding means in any one of a plurality of positions, whereby the positions of the target elements are changed with respect to the contact receiving means of the top panel to vary the game.

'7. In a game incorporating electrically operated signal means, the combination with a playing board having a multiplicity of perforations defining playing positions, and record-holding means adjacent said playing positions, of a reuseable target record of a size and shape to t and be held by said record-holding means in any one of a plurality of positions and including electrically insulating carrying means symmetrically shaped and having like dimensions in a plurality of positions, a plurality of electrically conductive target elements carried in separated positions by said carrying means, said carrying means having a multiplicity of apertures spaced for alignment with said playing positions and symmetrically disposed with respect to the shape of the carry- 121' ingfmeans and some,` of which apertures`v coincide iii-,positions Withfthe-placement'of-'the ltarget elementsso thatfthe target elements may beicontactedtherethrough, groupsfof 'terminal contacts mounted :at symmetrically/:placed positions on the carrying means, and1 electrically separated conductors connecting each'o'f said targety elements to-oneoit-they terminalY contacts f of each of said groups.

' 8. 'In-a-game:incorporatingelectrically.operated signal-means; the-*combination witha4 playing board having a multiplicity of symmetricallydisposed-playing positions, lay plurality or means for selectively engaging each offsaid-positions, means for releasably retaining a targetrecord, and sub-v stantially: stationary electricalcontact means on the playing board; -of the structure I comprising a target record of a size to tfsa-idlretaining means and-including a plurality-offsuperimposedsquare pieces -off electricalinsulating material having therein a multiplicity of symmetrically disposedv apertures 4corresponding position to placement off-saidplaying-positions,r a plurality of electrically conductive target elements -placed at separated positions Aand each engageable through a plurality of said'apertures, said'target elements being held betWeentWo-of said pieces^ofinsulatingl material, electrical conductorsmounted between others of said plurality` of `pieces `of insulating material and eachy connectedto oneoff said target elements, contact means connectedl to -each ofv said conductcrs andgsecured-to edge lportions ofsaid pieces ofinsulating material impositions for engagementl with ,the-first) mentionedcontactme ans.

9.*In a game incorporating electrically operated'signal means, a target record having contoursand structure*such'that'itgmay 'be used in any, one.of a plurality of positions, whereby one such record provides a plurality of'ivariations of the game, andi comprising electrically. insulat- Number Name Date 1,346,493 Hammond July/ 13,1920 1,518,845 Foley Dec. 9, '1924 1,744,518 Becker Jan. 21', 1930 1,868,403 Weller July 19, 1932 2,043,291 Hamilton June 9, 1936 2,066,469 Haas Jan. 5, 1937 2,120,172 Burnett June 7, '1938 2,214,317 Bash Sept; '10, '1940' 2,240,276 Williams Apr. 29, 1941 2,244,015 MacKinnon June 3, 1941 2,424,574 Marco July 29,1947' FOREIGN PATENTS..

Number Country Date 41,216 Holland Feb. 15, 1937' ing carrying. means symmetrically" shaped` and" having like dimensionsxiniiajplurality vof'posi-vtions, a ,-pluralityfoff electrically. conductive target elements carried inj separated positions byssaid'. carrying means, said carrying. means. having a.

multiplicity 'off apertures therein. symmetrically disposed'. with respect tofthezshape ot the carry-v ing means and some offwhich `coincide in positions with the placement; of thetarget elements so that the target.elements'may'beV contacted`v therethrough, groups of *terminali contacts mounted atsymmetrically displaced positions .on the carrying means, andxelectrically separated conductors connecting `each'v of said target. ele- 3 ments to one of the terminal .contactsoffeach of saidf groups.


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U.S. Classification273/237, 273/238, 200/317, 273/240, 273/139, 273/284, 200/253.1, 439/44
International ClassificationA63F3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00075, A63F3/00643
European ClassificationA63F3/00A8, A63F3/00E