Re: Proposal to encode dominoes and other game symbols

From: John Cowan (
Date: Tue May 25 2004 - 09:07:30 CDT

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    Eric Muller scripsit:

    > >A suggestion for playaing cards: why not including the "Tarots"?
    > >I mean in French the 4 "Cavaliers" figures, the 18 "Atouts", and the
    > >"Excuse"
    > >(which is not exactly a Joker); sorry I don't have their English names.
    > >
    > Make that 21 atouts (labeled "1" through "21"), for a total of 78 cards.
    > The "cavalier" is between the jack and the queen. Very popular game in
    > high school and college in my days.

    "Trumps" in English. I suggest that 21 trumps be encoded, but not
    named, because the correspondence of names to numbers is variable.
    Suitable names would be PLAYING CARD TRUMP I through PLAYING CARD TRUMP XXI.
    The Fool, the 22nd or un-numbered trump, is the direct ancestor of
    the Joker and should be unified with it.

    The fourth court card in each suit is called the Knight in English;
    these should also be encoded.

    This would call for 25 more cards. Documentation on the Tarot is
    extensive and readily available.

    John Cowan
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