Snip Snap Snorem
is an old game at cards, sometimes called Earl of Coventry. There are several methods of playing, but in the most common a full whist
pack is used and any number of players may take part. The pack is dealt, one card at a time, and the eldest hand places upon the table any card he likes. Each player in his turn then tries to match the card played just before his, making use of a prescribed formula if successful. Thus, if a king is played, the second player lays down another king (if he can) calling out "Snip!" The next player lays down the third king, saying "Snap!" and the next the fourth king with the word "Snorem." A player not being able to pair the card played may not discard, and the holder of Snorem has the privilege of beginning the next round. The player who gets rid of all his cards first wins a counter from his companions for each card still held by them.