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Tic-Tac-Toe (Noughts and Crosses, Oughts and Crosses, Tik Tak Tol, Tripp Trapp Trull, Tick-Tack-Toe)DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern America

Category Board, Space, Line


Tic-Tac-Toe is a game of alignment popular among children. It is known from the nineteenth century in England and the United States, but may be older.


Play occurs on a 3x3 grid. One player places an X, the other places an O and players take turns placing their marks in the grid, attempting to get three in a row of their colour.

Murray 1951: 40.



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Murray 1951: 40

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Beard, A. 1961. 'Games and recreations in the novels of Edward Eggleston.' Midwest Folklore 11(2): 85–104.

Eggleston, E. 1883. The Hoosier School-Boy. New York: Charles Scribner's and Sons.

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.




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