LETTER GAMES

Tops with letters were used in  (The Book of Holidays, 5):

England: A(ufer) - 'take the nuts from the kitty',  D(epome) - 'give one to the kitty', N(ihil) - 'zero', T(otum) - 'win all'.
 The game was called Te-Totum.
  Or P(one), D(ividium), H(alf), T(otal).

Sardinia: T(utte) - all, M(esu) - half, N(udda) - zero, P(one) - put.

Germany: G(anz) - all, S(tell ein)   or  S(erz ein) - give to kitty, N(ichts) - zero, H(alb) - half.

Rome: M(edum) - half, N(ihil) - nothing, O(mne) -   all, P(one) put  in kitty.

It seems that the origin of the game with the letters is in ancient Rome.

Svivon is the Hebrew name for a Dreidel or a spinning top.
 



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Dice as a top

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I was told that spinning  tops  are a 'pseudo  innocent' replacement  for  gambling games like 'Roleta’ or  'Poker'  that  are  age  limited  or  even illegal in some cultures.

The letters appear on the spinning top represent the following:

C - Couple, T - Trio, F - Full ace, P - Poker

  
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