# Hobbies & Games

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## How many circles does a "Twister" board have?

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The original Twister board game features four rows of six colored circles, equaling 24 circles total on the mat. The colors are red, green, yellow and blue.

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• ## Board Games

• #### Q:What are the train stations in Monopoly?

A: The train stations in Monopoly are named after four railroad lines: the Pennsylvania, the B&O, the Reading and the Short Line. The first three are named after real railroads, while the Short Line is fictitious.
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• #### Q:What are d20 games?

A: D20 games are role-playing games that use dice with 20 sides to determine the success or failure of actions attempted by characters in the games.
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• #### Q:What are some beginners tips for "Dungeons and Dragons"?

A: Beginning "Dungeons and Dragons" players should be aware of their characters' weaknesses and know how to minimize them, according to Dungeon's Master. The game's character creation system means that some character traits are inevitably lower than others, but new players can take steps to work around this issue.
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• #### Q:How many holes are on a cribbage board?

A: A regulation cribbage board has 120 holes. The holes are laid out in four rows of 30 holes each. The holes are marked off in groups of five, and each player gets two rows. Traditionally, the players make two trips up and down the board during the game.
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• #### Q:How many squares are on a checkerboard?

A: A checkerboard has 64 squares. Half are light squares while the other 32 are dark squares. The board is positioned in a way so that each player has a light square on the right-side corner closest to him.
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• #### Q:How can someone win Mancala in only one turn?

A: There are thousands of Mancala variations, but winning Mancala in a single turn is impossible in most game versions. The best first move is going to be the third hole, which places the last pebble in the Mancala zone. This scores a point and gives the player a second move.
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• ## Card Games

• #### Q:What are the rules of cribbage?

A: The object of cribbage is to be the first to score 61 or 121 points. A special board is required to play the game, and it is usually played by either two people or two teams of two in competition.
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• #### Q:What do the suits in a deck of cards represent?

A: The suits in a deck of cards represent different stations in society in 15th-century France. In the 1480s, these particular symbols were introduced in playing cards. Before that, cups, swords, batons and coins were popular. They were replaced by bells, acorns, hearts and leaves, which were green and red.
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• #### Q:How many face cards are in a deck of 52 cards?

A: A deck of 52 cards contains 12 face cards. Face cards are those with a king, queen or jack on them. Since there are four suits and each suit contains one of each type of face card, there are four kings, four queens and four jacks in a deck.
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• #### Q:How do you play Omaha poker?

A: Omaha poker is a variation of Texas Hold 'Em. It only requires a standard deck of playing cards and more than one player to play.
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• #### Q:How to play solitaire with real cards?

A: To play solitaire with cards, build the playing board by laying out seven different piles of cards along a horizontal row. Then, begin the foundation row and attempt to win the game by playing the cards on the board and the cards in your stockpile. This game takes about 15 to 30 minutes to play.
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• #### Q:How do you keep score in Uno?

A: In Uno, points are given to the player who first rids herself of all cards. The amount of points given depends on the amount and type of cards remaining in her opponents' hand. The first player to 500 points is the winner.
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• ## Collecting

• #### Q:What are Precious Moments figurines?

A: Precious Moments figurines are porcelain depictions of teardrop-eyed children that are highly collectible. Precious Moments art was first introduced in the 1970s and the figurines were introduced by the end of that decade.
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• #### Q:How are dead butterflies preserved?

A: Although the technique and method of preservation varies depending on the life stage of the butterfly, preserving a butterfly typically involves placing the specimen in preservative fluids and then storing it in rubbing alcohol to keep its wings moist and relaxed. Pupae are generally first preserved in alcohol, then frozen and mounted on insect pins, while adults may be placed in antiseptic solutions or tight-fitting boxes until they relax enough for proper mounting and display.
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• #### Q:How do you pan for gold?

A: Panning for gold involves shaking gold-bearing dirt and water inside a shallow pan to help the gold to sink and the water and dirt to be swept away. Because gold is a heavy material, it sinks to the bottom of the pan to be collected by the prospector.
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• #### Q:What does a phillumenist collect?

A: A phillumenist collects matchboxes, matchbooks, matchbook holders and other match-related collectibles. This hobby is as old as matches are, and phillumenists can find chemical matches from as early as 1810.
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• #### Q:What is the value of a Mickey Mantle autograph?

A: As of July, 2014, a Mickey Mantle autograph is worth anywhere between \$300 to \$50,000. There are many factors that go into estimating the value of both sports memorabilia and autographs. These include the signature condition, specific item signed and whether or not the item includes a letter of authenticity.
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• #### Q:How do you determine the value of lithographs?

A: A lithograph is a print authorized by an artist or agent using a printing process that creates a drawing on a flat surface, often stone. Lithographs are either produced manually with a waxy pencil or by a machine. According to Smithsonian American Art Museum, the best methods of determining the value of a lithograph and other artwork include consulting price guides, contacting appraisers or going directly to auction houses.
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• ## Contests & Gambling

• #### Q:Where can you find last night's Powerball numbers?

A: The most reliable place to check the winning numbers for previous Powerball drawings is the official Powerball website. Potential winners can also check their state's official lottery website because states that participate in multi-state lotteries such as Powerball usually publish the winning number online.
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• #### Q:What do the letters on scratch tickets mean?

A: The letters on a scratch off lottery ticket indicate the amount of money that person has won. According to Wild104fm.com, the letters are abbreviations for the winning prize amounts on the ticket.
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• #### Q:Does three of a kind beat a straight in poker?

A: Three of a kind (three cards of matching face value, such as three 7's) does not beat a straight (five cards of any suit in sequential order) in poker. A straight hand will supersede a three of a kind in any potential scenario.
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• #### Q:Where in Las Vegas is an 18-year-old permitted to gamble?

A: Gambling in Las Vegas is subject to a strict minimum age requirement of 21 years old; nowhere in the city is an 18 year old permitted to gamble. In fact, casino staff will typically prevent anyone under the age of 21 from standing or sitting down within their gaming areas. In some cases, nobody under the age of 18 is even allowed to pass through the casino doors.