Quoits & an anniversary game of chess

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Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp play chess on the roof of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris in a scene in René Clair’s 1924 film, Entr’acte.

quoit
quoit /kɔɪt , , kwɔɪt

▸ noun
1 a ring of iron, rope, or rubber thrown in a game to encircle or land as near as possible to an upright peg.
▪ (quoits) a game consisting of aiming and throwing quoits.
2 the flat covering stone of a dolmen.
▪ often in place names, the dolmen itself:
New Stone Age burial remains at Zennor Quoit.
3 Australian informal a person’s buttocks.

▸ verb, with object and adverbial of direction (archaic) throw or
propel like a quoit:

it was just beyond where Falstaff was quoited into the Thames.

– ORIGIN late Middle English: probably of French origin

Doll Tearsheet
For God’s sake, thrust him down stairs: I cannot endure such a fustian rascal.

Pistol
Thrust him down stairs! know we not Galloway nags?

Falstaff
Quoit him down, Bardolph, like a shove-groat shilling: nay, an a’ do nothing but speak nothing, a’ shall be nothing here.

Bardolph
Come, get you down stairs.

Doll Tearsheet
Why does the prince love him so, then?

Falstaff
Because their legs are both of a bigness, and a’ plays at quoits well, and eats conger and fennel, and drinks off candles’ ends for flap-dragons, and rides the wild-mare with the boys, and jumps upon joined-stools, and swears with a good grace, and wears his boots very smooth, like unto the sign of the leg, and breeds no bate with telling of discreet stories; and such other gambol faculties a’ has, that show a weak mind and an able body, for the which the prince admits him: for the prince himself is such another; the weight of a hair will turn the scales between their avoirdupois.

And above all, Happy Anniversary, chef!

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