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Shuffleboard, more precisely deck shuffleboard, and also known as shuffle-board, shovelboard, shovel-board and shove-board , is a sport in which players use broom-shaped paddles to push weighted pucks, sending them gliding down a narrow and elongated court, with the purpose of having them come to rest within a marked scoring area. As a more generic term, it refers to the family of shuffleboard-variant games as a whole.

In 16th century England, people played a game of sliding a "groat" – a large British coin of the day worth about four pence – down a table. The game was called "shove groat" or "slide groat". Later, a silver penny was used and the name of the game became "shove-penny" or "shovel-penny". The game was played by the young and old, and was a favorite pastime in the country houses of Staffordshire, Winchester and Wiltshire.

In his play, The Crucible, about the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, Arthur Miller wrote: "In 1692, there was a good supply of ne’er-do-wells who dallied at the shuffleboard in Bridget Bishop’s Tavern," an indication that, according to Miller's unsourced research, the game had found its way to the Americas by the 17th century. In the 18th century, there were big shuffleboard matches conducted throughout the American colonies. Shuffleboard was popular among the English soldiers as well as the colonists.

Wikipedia, Shuffleboard, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuffleboard (as of Apr 8, 2010)

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