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Old English Pub Games

Dwile Flonking 

The pastime of dwile flonking (also dwyle flunking) involves two teams, each taking a turn to dance around the other while attempting to avoid a beer-soaked dwile (cloth) thrown by the non-dancing team.

"Dwile" is a knitted floor cloth, from the Dutch dweil, meaning "mop",and "flonk" is probably a corruption of flong, an old past tense of fling- 

The Rules:

According to the Friends of the Lewes Arms, "The rules of the game are impenetrable and the result is always contested."

A "dull witted person" is chosen as the referee or "jobanowl", and the two teams decide who flonks first by tossing a sugar beet. The game begins when the jobanowl shouts, "Here y'go t'gither!"

The non-flonking team joins hands and dances in a circle around a member of the flonking team, a practice known as "girting". The flonker dips his dwile-tipped "driveller" (a pole 2–3 ft long and made from hazel or yew) into a bucket of beer, then spins around in the opposite direction to the girters and flonks his dwile at them.

If the dwile misses completely it is known as a "swadger" or a "swage". When this happens, the flonker must drink the contents of an ale-filled "gazunder" (chamber pot ("goes-under" the bed)) before the wet dwile has passed from hand to hand along the line of now non-girting girters chanting the ceremonial mantra of "pot pot pot".

A full game comprises four "snurds", each snurd being one team taking a turn at girting. The jobanowl adds interest and difficulty to the game by randomly switching the direction of rotation and will levy drinking penalties on any player found not taking the game seriously enough.
Points are awarded as follows:

+3: a "wanton" - a direct hit on a girter's head
+2: a "morther" or "marther" - a body hit
+1: a "ripple" or "ripper" - a leg hit
-1 per sober person at the end of the game

At the end of the game, the team with the most number of points wins, and will be awarded a ceremonial pewter gazunder.
Old English Pub Games

Dwile Flonking 

The pastime of dwile flonking (also dwyle flunking) involves two teams, each taking a turn to dance around the other while attempting to avoid a beer-soaked dwile (cloth) thrown by the non-dancing team.
English Pub Games
 
Dwile Flonking
 
The pastime of dwile flonking (also dwyle flunking) involves two teams, each taking a turn to dance around the other while attempting to avoid a beer-soaked dwile (cloth) thrown by the non-dancing team.
 
"Dwile" is a knitted floor cloth, from the Dutch dweil, meaning "mop",and "flonk" is probably a corruption of flong, an old past tense of fling-
 
The Rules:

According to the Friends of the Lewes Arms, "The rules of the game are impenetrable and the result is always contested."

"Dwile" is a knitted floor cloth, from the Dutch dweil, meaning "mop",and "flonk" is probably a corruption of flong, an old past tense of fling- 

"Dwile" is a knitted floor cloth, from the Dutch dweil, meaning "mop",and "flonk" is probably a corruption of flong, an old past tense of fling- 
According to the Friends of the Lewes Arms, "The rules of the game are impenetrable and the result is always contested."
 
A "dull witted person" is chosen as the referee or "jobanowl", and the two teams decide who flonks first by tossing a sugar beet.
 
The game begins when:

The non-flonking team joins hands and dances in a circle around a member of the flonking team, a practice known as "girting". The flonker dips his dwile-tipped "driveller" (a pole 2–3 ft long and made from hazel or yew) into a bucket of beer, then spins around in the opposite direction to the girters and flonks his dwile at them.the jobanowl shouts, "Here y'go t'gither!"
 
If the dwile misses completely it is known as a "swadger" or a "swage". When this happens, the flonker must drink the contents of an ale-filled "gazunder" (chamber pot ("goes-under" the bed)) before the wet dwile has passed from hand to hand along the line of now non-girting girters chanting the ceremonial mantra of "pot pot pot".
 
A full game comprises four "snurds", each snurd being one team taking a turn at girting. The jobanowl adds interest and difficulty to the game by randomly switching the direction of rotation and will levy drinking penalties on any player found not taking the game seriously enough.
 
+3: a "wanton" - a direct hit on a girter's head
+2: a "morther" or "marther" - a body hit
+1: a "ripple" or "ripper" - a leg hit
-1 per sober person at the end of the game
 
 At the end of the game, the team with the most number of points wins, and will be awarded a ceremonial pewter gazunder.
 
+1: a "ripple" or "ripper" - a leg hit
-1 per sober person at the end of the game
+2: a "morther" or "marther" - a body hit
+1: a "ripple" or "ripper" - a leg hit
-1 per sober person at the end of the game
Points are awarded as follows: