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Sept. 4, 1962
Filed Sept. 28, 1960
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sept. 4, 1962
Filed Sept. 28, 1960
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
United States Patent O
Russell S. Cline, 802 Boulevard, Statesville, N.C.
Filed Sept. 28, 1960, Ser. N0. 59,112
7 Claims. (Cl. 273-1)
This invention relates to a clock-stopping game of
skill and it consists in the combinations, constructions and
arrangements of parts hereinafter `described and claimed.
Generally, there is provided a panel `forming the front
face of a housing and bearing thereon a relatively large
clock face calibrated in hours and minutes, a single clock
hand mounted to sweep said face, an electric motor driv
ingly connected to said hand through a gear train con
structed to rotate said hand at a speed of the order of
twenty to forty revolutions per minute, a vmicro-switch
connected in the circuit of said motor to start and stop
the same, a pivoted trigger for operating said switch, a
Patented Sept. 4, 1962
other suitable material covers the front of the frame
13-16 and is fastened thereby as by screws 21.
The upper half of the panel 19 has a clock face 19f
either drawn thereon or printed on a sheet or panel (not
shown) which can be pasted or otherwise attached to the
panel 19 in known manner. A dial covering and pro
tecting panel ‘Z3 of transparent glass or plastic covers
.the clock face 19j in spaced relationship to the panel
19 as shown in FIG. 2 and is held assembled with the
device 11 by a mitered cornered wooden frame formed
of the four elements 25-28, which have inwardly facing
circumferentially aligned grooves 29 glass~retainingly en
gaging the edge of panel 23.
Frame elements 2S~28 are ûxed to the panel 19 and
also to the housing frame 13-16 yby the relatively long
screws 31.
A clock hand 33 having its indicating tip extending to
the calibrations 19e is mounted on the shaft 35 for sweep
ing around the clock dial 19e. Shaft 35 is driven at a
card-holding slide, a transparent panel covering said slide
and closely underlying said trigger, mounting structure 20 speed of the order of 20 to 40 revolutions per minute
by an electric motor of conventional construction (not
‘for said slide, said mounting structure and slide being
shown) and is mounted within a motor housing generally
constructed and arranged for moving cards in sequence
designated M and is in known manner provided with a
between said trigger and transparent panel so as to close
gear train for reducing the speed of «the shaft 35 to the
said switch thereby and by further movement thereof to
open said switch while still retaining the last inserted 25 value above mentioned. The unit housed in the motor
housing M is attached to the back of the panel 19 in any
card in observable position until displaced by a subse
suitable manner as, for example, by the use of face ex
quently inserted card, whereby a card bearing a player’s
posed screws 37 passing through said panel 19 and into
name and the time of issuance will by partial insertion
threaded apertures in the housing M.
start the hand moving over the clock face and by full in
Electric energy is supplied to the motor M by the
sertion to visible but irretrievable position will stop said 30
power input cable 39 (FIG. 6). A normally open micro
hand for matching comparison by the player and/ or a
switch `41 is inserted in the motor circuit by the leads
judge with the time impressed on the card just inserted.
43 and 44.
It is accordingly an object of this invention to provide
Microswitch 41 is mounted in an aperture in the panel
a game of skill in which the player starts and stops a
19 as best shown in FIG. 2. A block 45 of wood or other
clock by a progressive insertion of his playing card into a
suitable material has its lower central portion cut away to
manually operated switching device controlled by the play
form a recess into the upper portion of which the button
41h for operation of the microswitch 41 protrudes.
It is another object to provide such a device in which
A lever or trigger 47 substantially fills said recess and
the card is irretrievable after the clock is started.
It is a further object to provide apparatus of this type 40 is pivoted -for slight movement therein by a transversely
‘extending horizontal pivot pin 49 (FIGS. l and 2).
in which the played card is held after playing in a window
Lever or trigger 47 is stopped in its outward movement
for permitting visual comparison of its data with the time
ing card.
indicated by the stopped clock.
(FIG. 2) by engagement of its upper end against the
inner face of the glass or transparent plastic panel 51
which each displayed card is automatically discarded by 45 which is fixed in spaced parallelism relative to the panel
19 by the spacer strips 53 and 54. The panel 51 and the
the subsequently inserted card.
strips 53 and 54 are all fixed to the panel 19 by the
Other and further objects of the invention will become
screws 55.
apparent from a reading of the following specification
The card-inserting slide generally designated at 57 may
taken in conjunction with the drawings, in which:
FIGURE 1 is a front elevational view of a preferred 50 be conveniently made of a piece of plywood or equivalent
material of a width and thickness to ñt snugly but yet
embodiment of the invention,
easily slidably within the space between the panels 19 and
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged fragmentary side elevational
S1 and between the spacer strips 53 and 54. The center
view of the clock-controlling mechanism, in section taken
of the element 57 is cut away so that the slider57 may
on the line 2_2 of FIGURE l,
FIGURE 3 is a perspective View of the card-introduc 55 move upwardly yand downwardly in the guideway with
said slide element straddling the block 45 the upper end
ing device of FIGURE 2, with a card in place and ready
of which engages the upper edge of the cut out central
to play,
portion of the slide 57 at 57’ to prevent complete with
FIGURE 4 is a view similar to FIGURE 3 showing the
drawal of the slide element 57 -from its guide channel.
parts in clock-energizing positions.
Slide element 57 has a thumb-receiving depression 57d
FIGURE 5 is a view similar to FIGURES 3 and 4 but 60
in its lower front face for facilitating clasping by the
showing the parts in their play-ending positions, and
player. The slide 57 is also notched at 5711 on each
FIGURE 6 is a schematic diagram of the clock-en
side of the centrally cut out portion to provide shallow
ergizing circuit.
shoulder seats for receiving the playing card 59, with
With reference now to the drawings, the numeral 11
generally designates the device as a whole. The device 65 its data-bearing face flush with the upper surface of the
slide element 57 as best shown in FIG, 3.
11 is herein disclosed as comprising a vertically elon
The mode of operation of the game device is as fol
-gated rectangular housing formed of a pair of parallel
lows: with the playing card 59 in the position shown for
upright side strips of wood or composition board 13 and
the card 59 and slide 57 in FIG. 3, the player moves the
14 and a pair of horizontally disposed shorter strips 15
and 16, respectively connecting the upper and lower ends 70 slide upwardly to bring the card 59 into a position over
lying the trigger 47 as shown in FIG. 4. The card 59
of the strips 13 and 14 at mitered corner joints 17.
is sufliciently thick to swing the trigger 47 against the
A front panel 19 of plywood or composition board or
It is a still further object to provide such apparatus in
abutment 4111 of the microswitch 41 causing said switch
to close and thus energizing the motor M.
The player, having noted the time stamped on his
playing card, carefully watches the progress of the clock
hand 33 as it sweeps over the dial calibrations 19C at the
rate of approximately a revolution every two seconds,
and as the hand 33 approaches the time inscribed on his
playing card, the slide 57 is quickly pushed all the way up
in the slide guide to interrupt the circuit by pushing the
card 59 beyond the upper end of trigger 47. This per
mits trigger 47 to snap from its depressed position back
against the inner surface of the glass panel 51, thus per
mitting button 4llb to return to its normal position break
ing the circuit to the motor M.
The skill in the game resides in so gauging the posi
tion of the hand that the inertia of the motor and gear
train will cause the hand 33 to stop at or very close to
means responsive to partial insertion of said piece for clos
ing said switch, said last-named means being constructed
and arranged to permit opening of said switch upon full
insertion of said piece, and structure for holding said
piece, when fully inserted, in a position to permit iden
tiñcation thereof, whereby information conveyable by
said piece will be available for comparison with the read
ing on said clock means for evaluating the just completed
2. Apparatus according to claim l, said clock dial hav
ing a flat face calibrated in hours and subdivisions thereof
and said indicator being a hand, mounted for sweeping
over said face from a pivot centrally located on said face.
3. Apparatus according to claim l, said coupling means
being a gear train constructed and arranged to move said
indicator at a speed of the Order of thirty revolutions per
4. Apparatus according to claim l, said switch being a
the time inscribed on the playing card 59. If the player
is successful he will call an attendant or judge for the
microswitch and said piece being of wafer shape and of
purpose of having himself acclaimed a winner.
20 sufficient thickness to close said microswitch.
The card 59 that has just been played remains in the
5. Apparatus according to claim 4, said piece being a
visible position of FIG. 5 until the next card 59 is played.
card having space thereon for legibly marking the same
The play of the second card 59 causes the previously
with the time of issuance thereof and with player-identify
played card S9 to drop into the hole 19a cut in the panel
ing information.
19 just above the upper end of the block 45.
6. Apparatus according to claim 1, said mechanism
While but one form of the invention has been shown
being a slide-type holder for said piece, said holder being
and described herein, it Will be readily apparent to those
mounted in a stationary guide structure including a win
skilled in the art that many minor modifications may be
dow through which said piece can be viewed but through
made without departing from the spirit of the invention
which said piece cannot be removed.
or the scope ofthe appended claims.
7. Apparatus according to claim 6, said window hold
What is claimed is:
ing said piece in viewing position after playing thereof,
1. Apparatus for playing a clock-stopping game of
said holder having a discharge passage »through which
skill, comprising: a hollow housing, clock means carried
said played piece is automatically discarded when en
by said housing and including a clock dial and a rela
gaged by a subsequently played piece.
tively movable indicator, an electric motor, means cou 35
pling said electric motor to said clock means to effect
References Cited in the iile of this patent
the relative movement of said dial and indicator, a nor
mally open switch in the power supply circuit of said
motor, a playing piece, mechanism for receiving and hold
Baker ______________ __ Dec. 20, 1949
ing said playing piece and for moving the same to an ir 40 2,717,158
Dieterich ____________ __ Sept. 6, 1955
retrievable position within said apparatus through a small
Zekowski ____________ __ Iuly 16, 1957
area linger-access-preventing aperture in said housing,
Simjian ______________ __ May 17, 1960
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