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Publication numberUS823548 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 19, 1906
Filing dateDec 9, 1905
Priority dateDec 9, 1905
Publication numberUS 823548 A, US 823548A, US-A-823548, US823548 A, US823548A
InventorsSamuel F Randall
Original AssigneeSamuel F Randall
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 823548 A
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GAM-si- To all whomltmay. concern:

Be it known that If, SAMUEL F. RANDALL', a citizengoffthe UnitedStates, and a-resident of Chicago, county of Cook, andState of Illinois, have invented certain new and.. useful Improvements in Games, of .whichl the following is a specification 'andwhichareillustrated n in the accompanying drawings, forming al part thereof. A

The invention relates to a game or puzzle adapted to be used by a single player, and has for its object to provide a device which shall be of simple and inexpensive construction and shall afford competent 4means of obtaining entertainment or instruction.

' he invention contemplates a board anda i plurality of pieces movable over the board,po

' manner, so that it may be readily distinguished from all of the others, and the method of play is to shift the pieces, moving them only from one position to a vacant position next adjacent in such a way as to make a vacant position next adjacent the peculiarly-designated piece, which may then e moved in a similar manner. The object of the play is to move the peculiarly-designated piece onto each of the home positions ofthe other pieces and back to its own positions, eachiof the remaining pieces when this hits been accomplished occupying its original p ace. v

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a perspective view of a device involving the invention, the cover being removed and i some of the `parts beingbroken away. Fig.

2 is an end view of the same. Fig. 3 shows a detail of the device Idrawn in perspective. Fig. 4 is a detail plan view showing a modication of the invention, and Fig. 5 is a bottom plan view ofthe cover for the device shown in Figs. 1 and 2.

Preferably the board for play vtakes ,the form of a shallow tray or box 10, having a removable cover 11 and within which playingpieces 12 may be inclosed. As shown, these pieces are square, and sixteen of them are proj vided, and the bottom board of the box is t Specification of Letters Patent. Application iledDecemberQ, 1905. Seria1:No.291,054.

'\\ Patented June 1 9, 1 906.

ruled into spaces 13the size and shape. ofthe pieces 12 andiis it'self'of suchsize and `shape asy to provide a space 13 asa-.home position for veach of the pieces. and-an additional or vacant space 1.4, onto whichfone of the pieces may be moved.v In the formpf. construction illustrated in the drawings, the space 1.4 is formed, in effect, as an alcove in the wall of the box the floor being extended into the alcove. A

Each of the pieces 12 is marked to distinguish it from all of the others, one ofthem, as

1 6, being preferably marked in a way'peculi ar to itself-as, for example, by its being made of a dierent color or material, as shownand the remaining pieces being marked in=` any convenient way, as by means of the letters y15. A mark, as the letters 17 or the coloring or shading 18, is applied to the board 10 upon each of the spaces 13, which are intended as -home positions for the pieces 12 to correspond with the mark upon the piece for which the space is so intended.

In playing the game, all of the pieces 12.

having been iirst placed upon the correspondingly-marked positions 13 of the board 10, the pieces are shifted one at a time by sliding them upon the surface of the board, so. as to permit the piece 16 to be moved in the same manner successively onto each of the spaces 13 originally occupied by one of the other pieces, and to finally move the piece 16 back to itsoriginal position and all of the remaining pieces to the home positions from which they were originally started. The object of the `game is to accomplish this result with the least number of moves of all the pieces.

o As the device is shown in Figs. 1 and 5 of the drawings, it will be observed that the piece 12, which is marked with the letter c,

must first be moved to the vacant space 14,

after which the piece 16 may be moved to the home position of the piece a, or by ,first shifting the pieces designated d and e the piece 16 may be moved to the home position of the piece e upon its iirst move, it being immaterial .in which direction the piece 16 is made to travel over the board. The play is facilitated by means of a diagram 19 of the board 10, marked upon the inner face of the cover 11, Fig. 5.

- The playing-pieces may be marked in any way desired, that illustrated in Figs. l, 3, and' 5 being merely a conventional method employed for the purpose of distinguishing IOO IIO

the pieces. An interesting game, however, may be provided by marking the pieces as in- Fig. A, the piece 16 there being designated a Watchman and the marked to indicate the buildings at which he is to call in making his round.

l claim as my inventionl. In a device of the kind described, in combination, a boX having an alcove in its Wall7 the floor of the box extending into the alcove, and a plurality of playing-pieces iitting Within the boX and movable over its iioor, each of the playing pieces being marked to distinguish it from all of the others and the alcove being adapted to receive one of the playing-pieces.

remaining pieces tinguish 1t 2. In a device of the kind described in combination, a plurality of playing-pieces rectangular in shape and each marked to disfrom all of the others, and a box having an alcove in its Wall, the i'loor of' the box extending into the alcove and having a plurality of contiguous spaces each equal in size and shape to the base of one of the playingpieces, one thereof being in the alcove and each of the others being marked to corre-- spond with one ofthe pieces.




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