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  • n. Plural form of candlepin.

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  • n. a bowling game using slender bowling pins


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  • Maureen also said she overheard how he loves to bowl—candlepins, specifically—when he has the time, and that he hoped someday to have a lane in his basement, complete with an electronic ball return.

    Hoopi Shoopi Donna

  • A Brunswick bowling products representative recently told Genimatas he visited Bowl-O-Rama in the '70s, saw the candlepins, and said, "This won't last - we will wipe them out."


  • Bowling (your choice of tenpins or traditional New England-style candlepins), bumper cars and arcade games, pinball and Bingo are just a few of the possibilities.



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  • My father never held a tennis racket or a golf club, and he couldn't kick a football or catch a swift pitch, but he bowled whenever he got a chance – tenpins, duckpins, candlepins, cocked hat, and quintet, a difficult game, the rules for which I was told he had helped to make up.

    —James Thurber, 1952, 'Gentleman from Indiana', in The Thurber Album

    July 14, 2008