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Publication numberUS2585463 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 12, 1952
Filing dateAug 12, 1949
Priority dateAug 12, 1949
Publication numberUS 2585463 A, US 2585463A, US-A-2585463, US2585463 A, US2585463A
InventorsHorine Charles S
Original AssigneeHorine Charles S
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Game board and playing pieces
US 2585463 A
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Feb. 12, 1952 c. s. HORINE 2,585,463

GAME BOARD AND PLAYING PIECES Filed Aug. 12, 1949 El G PLAY-A-NAME INVEN R .Z 9 CHARLES 5'. H0/-?/ %%%Mamwm ATTORNEY Patented Feb. 12, 1952 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE GAME BOARD AND PLAYING PIECES Charles S. Horine, Lexingtom'Ky. Application August 12, 1949, Serial No. 109,879

This invention relates to a game,'and more particularly to a game of chance for playing by any number of persons, as at parties, clubs, lodges and the like. I

It is an object of this invention to provide a game of this kind which is of such a nature that it may be played by any number of players; and

each player will have an equal chance. of scoring.

A further object of this invention is to provide a game of the kind to be more particularly described hereinafter, the. norm oraim of which will be changed at each playing at the selection of the players. The players, after selecting a name to be determined, may select the positions on a scoring pad, at which they may believe or guess the various letters will occur as discs, having the letters of the selected name, are overturned by a person directing the game. 1

With the above and other objects in view, my invention consists in the'arrangementmombination and details of construction disclosed in the; drawings and specification, and then more par-i ticularly pointed out in the appended claim.

In the drawings: V

Figure l is a top plan view of the Key card used in the game of this invention;

Figure 2 is a perspective view of a pad of player cards to be used in the game;

Figure 3 is a top perspective view game pieces;'

Figure 4 is a bottom perspective vie'w' of one of the blank game pieces;

Figure 5 is a perspective view of the bottom of one of the game pieces having alphabetical indicia thereon.

Referring to the drawings, the numeral [0 designates generally the Key card'for a game formed according to an embodiment of this invention. The game is of the general type known as the game of Lotto or Bingo, but in the game of this invention, the name which provides the norm or aim may be varied each time the game is played. I

The game is played with'a Key card [0 which is to be handled by theKeeper of the gamefa plurality of pads H to be handled by the players of the game, and a large number of playing pieces which will be handled by the Keeper to be placed ontheKey card l0. 7 n

The Key card In is formed with a plurality of rows of blank spaces, preferably nine horizontal rows arranged in superposed relation, and six horizontal rows, the intersections of the horizontal and vertical rows defining a plurality of squares l2 on the Key card l0. As an ornamental of oneofthe 1 Claim; 1(01. 273

decoration on the Key card Ill, the corner squares l4 will be colored, so that the squares l2 in the center portion of the card. will be used as the board or ground on which the game pieces, to

be described hereinafter, will be placed. The top row l5 and the bottom row It on the card 10 will define four blank playing spaces, whereas the intermediate horizontal rows ll will extend entirely across the playing surface of the card.

The pad II, to be used by each of the players, is formed with a plurality of playing cards or sheets of paper l8 having horizontal rows of squares or spaces I9 on the playing side thereof arranged in the same manner as the rows [5 and H on the Key card Ill. The sheets ill of the pad II will be secured together along one marginal edge thereof in a substantially conventional manner, not shown in the drawings, sothat a sheet of carbon paper 2,0 may be'inserted between selected ones of the sheets and preferably engaged below the uppermost sheet, as clearll shown in Figure 2 of the drawings.

A plurality of discs 2| are provided to be placed on the Key card In by a Keeper or director of the game, and certain of the cards 2| will be designated as blank discs 22, while other of the game pieces or discs will be designated as the alphabetical discs 24. For playing the game, each of the players is providedwith a pad ll having a plurality of sheets l8 thereon and the Keeper of the game is provided with a Key card ID. A name, either a common or a proper name is selected by some person, and that name will be written in the space 25 adjacent the upper margin of each of t he player cards l8. The sheet of carbon 'paper'Zll is then engaged below the upper player sheet I8 before the name is written on 'the top sheet, so that the name will also be written, as a carboncopy, on the second sheet.

The letters of the selected name are then chosen from a number of alphabetical playing pieces 24, and placed with a large number of blank playing pieces 22, the total number of game piecesfZl selected including the name selected spelled on the alphabetical cards 24', and s'umc 'ien't blank discs 22' to cover each of the blank'spaces l2 on'the Key card are mixed together' indiscriminately in such a manner, that the lettered cards comprising the letters in, the selected name may be placed "at undetermined positions on the Key card l0.

The Keeper of the game then selects the mixed playing discs 22 and 24 and places them indiscriminately in the blank spaces l2 on the Key card Ill. The discs 2|, when placed on the Key 3 card it]. will be placed with their lettered sides downwardly so that all of the discs have the same appearance when viewed from above, as by the players playing the game.

The players then select those positions which they choose on their sheets l8, where they believe the various letters of the name will appear when the playing discs are overturned on the Key card l: Each of the players then removes J the top cardfrtimhis'p'ad and turns itin to the Keeper of the game and will retain a carbon copy of his own for keeping his score.

The Keeper of the game then proceeds to overturn the playing discs on the Keywarwmby starting at the upper left corner and-proceeding-- to the right in the top line and starting at the second and successive lines in the'same mariner:

As the Keeper will also be unable to determine" which of the playing discs 2! are the discs which have the letters on the lower sides thereof, and

as the' Keeper will also be unabl'tddeterinine' the position on the card where the'difierntletters will appear, the score isdeterrfiinedby'the guess or selection of "the player.

Asthe blank discs 22andth'ealphabetical discs 24 are promiscuouslymiii'ed together and" of the card until all 'of the' letters of the selected name have been overturned;

By mixing" the lettered discsflwith theblank discs 22, itis clearthat the name; as itis turned up 'inthe' playing of the game; will not'be" spelled by the letters'in their proper succession, sothe" players must 'selebtthe position ofthe' letters of the name irrespective of the relative position of the same" letter in the" proper" spelling'ordr of thename.

The score may be d'terfiiine'd 'by' the" dteririi nation of the primer order inwhich thelette'rs' will appear ahdthe 'see'rewm alsob'e determined by the proper line' in' which thewariouslettel's will appear. Preferably, the scoring" is" deter mined by'letter scores and byline s ores; the letterscores to be" awarded for the determine ti'onpf the right letter in" the correct sqiiare; whereas the line scores will he" deter'ril'irie'd" by the selection of the correct" letter the" proper line.

As an exampleof'how thegam'e'will be played," if the selected" nameis Charles, 'the Keeper of the" game selects the suitable" alphabetical let ters 24 which will spell'thename"Charles, and mixes these discs with enough of the blankdiscs 22 to fill all of the blank spaces l1 on'the'Key card ID. The blank discs 22 and the alphabet ical discs 24 are then mixed together, and'the' Keeper will then pla'c'e'the mixeddiscs 21 on the Key card without looking at thealphabetical discs to determine, at that'time; the'properposi tioning of the alphabetical discs. When the discs 2| are properly positioned onthe' Key card greater thanthe line score.

Hi, all of the discs will look alike, being similar on the top, as clearly noted in Figure 3 of the drawings. The Keeper will then overturn the playing discs in the manner described above, and it will appear that the letter h will be the second disc which is overturned and the first letter. The Keeper will then look at the sheets l8 which have been turned in to him by the various players, to determine'at that ti-rnemhich *player has slected thatposi tion for the lettr hfi Those players which have selected the proper line for the letter h may receive a certain score, and those players which have selected the proper space"'willreceive" another score which will be The Keeper will then continue by overturning the discs 21 in eiacliflin-ofi-th Key card It] until the whole name has-been spelled. At this time, the entire score of each of the players may be readily determined. v

I" do not mean" to cbnfin'e 'inys'elf to the exact details" cf constriction herein' disclosed; but-'- claim an va'riations* falling within the" purview" of the appended claim.


In" gameapparatiisf a key member-"comprising a rectangular game board having a 'playingfsur facehaving intersecting longitudinal and trans" vers" lines thereon defining longitudinal" and pieces; each orthe'1ttere game'pieces having a blankf face and a face" fo'rr'ned" with a single letter'of the alphabet lettered game pieces "spelling a selected were selected from saidj multi-' p1icity""o'f game pieces being placed indiscriminately on spaces of the game board surface with their lettered faces" down" and the remaining spaces of magma-boar siirfacebeing covered by'bl'a'nk game pieces; thesp'ace's of the player cards being arrangedto' bdmaiked by the play ers to implement guesses as" to the locations of the lettered game Pieces, n the ame-preterm the game -bf)EiIldlS/(ll'fftfe' b"eii1 f-3f arranged tif'be" il'lverted after the playerfcaidshave-beenmarked;


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U.S. Classification273/240, 273/272
International ClassificationA63F3/04
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/0423
European ClassificationA63F3/04F