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Four in the House

In curling, quitting can be good. But to understand why, you need a whole new vocabulary.

The playing field, called a “sheet,” has round targets painted on its two ends.  The whole target is called the “house,” and the bulls-eye is called the “button.”

When all eight stones of an “end,” or inning, have been thrown, the team closest to the center of the button gets a point. If that team has two stones closer – and these things are measured! – they get two points.  

There’s even a term for that perfect situation when all eight stones delivered by one team are closer to the center – a “snowman.”  This is tough to achieve, since the other team is using its throws to knock your stones away.

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