Quoits & an anniversary game of chess


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Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp play chess on the roof of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris in a scene in René Clair’s 1924 film, Entr’acte.

quoit /kɔɪt , , kwɔɪt

▸ noun
1 a ring of iron, rope, or rubber thrown in a game to encircle or land as near as possible to an upright peg.
▪ (quoits) a game consisting of aiming and throwing quoits.
2 the flat covering stone of a dolmen.
▪ often in place names, the dolmen itself:
New Stone Age burial remains at Zennor Quoit.
3 Australian informal a person’s buttocks.

▸ verb, with object and adverbial of direction (archaic) throw or
propel like a quoit:

it was just beyond where Falstaff was quoited into the Thames.

– ORIGIN late Middle English: probably of French origin

Doll Tearsheet
For God’s sake, thrust him down stairs: I cannot endure such a fustian rascal.

Thrust him down stairs! know we not Galloway nags?

Quoit him down, Bardolph, like a shove-groat shilling: nay, an a’ do nothing but speak nothing, a’ shall be nothing here.

Come, get you down stairs.

Doll Tearsheet
Why does the prince love him so, then?

Because their legs are both of a bigness, and a’ plays at quoits well, and eats conger and fennel, and drinks off candles’ ends for flap-dragons, and rides the wild-mare with the boys, and jumps upon joined-stools, and swears with a good grace, and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no bate with telling of discreet stories; and such other gambol faculties a’ has, that show a weak mind and an able body, for the which the prince admits him: for the prince himself is such another; the weight of a hair will turn the scales between their avoirdupois.

And above all, Happy Anniversary, chef!


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