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Alphabe Thursday X is for noughts and crosses

October 31, 2013

Noughts and crosses or Tic-tac-toe, is a ‘paper and pencil game’ for two players. Each player takes a turn marking a cross or a nought in a 3×3 grid. The winner is the one who places three respective marks in horizontal, vertical or diagonal row. It is an ancient game;  the Romans  played a similar game called Terni Lapili in the Ist century BC, the ancient Egyptians too played a variant. There is another ancient game called Three Men’s Morris that is played on a simple grid and requires a a row of three pieces to finish.

All this said I have never worked out how to win at noughts and crosses ; it has always seemed a pointless game.

I played it with my dad who never let me win; thinking perhaps it taught me to be  good sport.  When I played with my little sisters I was forbidden to allow them to lose; that would have been unkind! So a double whammy!

I don’t think many children now would find noughts and crosses much fun.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2013 11:13 am

    We always tie when we play. Connect four is similar and my kids do enjoy that!

  2. October 31, 2013 1:30 pm

    Fascinating post and great shots for X ~ happy day ~ carol, xx

  3. October 31, 2013 2:10 pm

    double whammy indeed! looks like a fun game though…

  4. November 1, 2013 2:08 am

    I didn’t know “tic-tac-toe” was such an old game. Love the look of my letterpress pieces! {:-Deb

    • November 1, 2013 7:48 am

      No I didn’t either! X was a hard one the letterpress made it easier!! xxx

  5. November 1, 2013 5:10 pm

    I like tic-tac-toe, I think it’s fun, though I don’t understand about letting people win just because they’re your sister. that doesn’t seem fair.

    great x post. have a sweet day.

    • November 1, 2013 5:48 pm

      mmm don’t think that would happen now! You also have a good evening xx

  6. November 1, 2013 8:49 pm

    My grandkid still like to play that game, especially the 9 year old. I’m not sure why, because once you know the trick you can always keep the other person from winning.


  7. November 20, 2013 8:01 pm

    It doesn’t seem to eXciting to play a game that you are forced to lose…

    I can’t see this game capturing my Grands attention either…

    EXcellent post for the letter “X”!

    Thanks for linking.


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