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John Pavey  •  Link

What is the official U K definition of a sequence? Here in Canada I'm running into the following J,9,10 or 4,6,5 being considered sequences.

Lee J Rickard  •  Link

Ombre, of course, is the card game featured in Pope's Rape of the Lock, and is one of the forerunners of bridge.

Oliver Mundy  •  Link

The Diary period, or a few years after it, is the earliest era from which any reasonably complete set of English court cards survives. The designs are based on French (Rouen) originals of about 1570 and are known to have been in use in England by 1610, when two 'knaves' (jacks) are illustrated in a satirical pamphlet by Samuel Rowlands; they are the direct forerunners of those used on modern Anglo-American ('Bridge') cards, but the figures are full-length, not double-headed, and are crudely printed from woodcut blocks and coloured by hand in water-colour by means of stencils. Corner pips (indices) date only from the 1870s. The Ace of Spades was blank until 1765. Cards were larger than those of today (about 95 x 64mm) and substantially thicker; the corners were not rounded and the backs were undecorated.

See 'People > John Hewson' for a possible example of political caricature on playing-cards in Pepys's day.

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.