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New Life For Deadness

“Blue is dead on black” is a clear and concise statement, and describes Blue’s deadness relative to Black. “Blue is dead on black and black is dead on blue” is clear and describes the reciprocal deadness between a pair of croquet balls. While clear, it is not exactly concise, and if used with other pairs during a game, confusing at best. When the word paired is added, reciprocal deadness becomes implied, “Blue is paired dead on Black,” and the statement becomes both clear and concise. The partner pairs, blue and black or red and yellow, are good graphic examples because both pairs appear in the third column of the deadness board with clarity. The graphic proximity of Partners begs the question of how to extend the same clarity to the Danger-Spent pairs.
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