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US6695618: Multiplication game

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Victor N. Donn ·
Assignee(s) None listed in document.
Attorney/Agent(s) Richard C. Litman ·
Primary Examiner Derris H. Banks ·
Assistant Examiner Kurt Fernstrom ·
Application Number US9904652
Filing date 07/16/2001
Issue date 02/24/2004
Prior Publication Data
Predicted expiration date 07/16/2021
U.S. Classifications 434/209  · 434/207  · 434/191  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB2
International Classifications 434188 · 434191 · 434193 · 434195 · 434200 · 434207 · 434209 ·
Related U.S. Application DataCROSS-REFERENCE-TO RELATED APPLICATION
This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Serial No. 60/222,608, filed Aug. 2, 2000.
17 Claims, 13 Drawings


Abstract

A multiplication game teaches and enforces basic multiplication tables for players, while providing an enjoyable and competitive activity for the players. The game includes a game board having a rectilinear matrix of playing positions thereon, with at least one peripheral row and one peripheral column including a series of multiplier and multiplicand numbers therealong. A distinct group of playing pieces or tiles is provided to each player. Each group includes a series of numbers comprising the products of the multipliers and multiplicands of the peripheral row(s) and column(s) of the board on the first sides thereof, with the opposite sides remaining blank. The tiles are placed with numbered faces down, and drawn randomly in turn by the players who place the tiles face up on an appropriate position on the board as defined by the multiplier and multiplicand row(s) and column(s).

Independent Claims | See all claims (17)

  1. 1. A multiplication game, comprising: a game board having a generally rectilinear matrix of playing positions thereon and first and second edges comprising an opposed row edge pair and third and fourth edges comprising an opposed columnar edge pair; at least one set of multiplier numbers disposed along one of said edges of said opposed row edge pair; at least one set of multiplicand numbers disposed along one of said edges of said opposed columnar edge pair; a first and a second set of multiplier numbers disposed along each of said edges of said opposed row edge pair; a first and a second set of multiplicand numbers disposed along each of said edges of said opposed columnar edge pair; each said set of multiplier numbers and multiplicand numbers being randomly ordered; each said set of multiplier numbers and multiplicand numbers having different orders relative to one another; at least a first group and a second group of playing tiles; means for differentiating each said group of tiles from one another; each of said tiles having a first face and a second face opposite said first face; each of said tiles of each said group including a multiplication product number disposed upon said first face thereof, with each said multiplication product number comprising the product of one of said multiplier numbers and one of said multiplicand numbers and with each said group comprising an equal quantity of correspondingly numbered said tiles; and each of said tiles further having an unnumbered second face, with each said second face of each said tile being identical to one another within each said group.
  2. 10. A method of playing a multiplication game, comprising the following steps: (a) providing a game board having a generally rectilinear matrix of playing positions thereon, an opposed first and second row edge pair, and an opposed first and second columnar edge pair; (b) providing at least one set of multiplier numbers and at least one set of multiplicand numbers disposed in at least two adjacent row and column edges of the board; (c) providing numbers along both edges of at least one of the row and columnar edge pairs, and randomizing the numbers differently along both edges of the at least one of the row and columnar edge pairs; (d) further providing at least two groups of playing tiles, and differentiating the groups from one another; (e) numbering the tiles of each group with the product numbers of the at least one set of multiplier and at least one set of multiplicand numbers of the row and column edges of the board; (f) providing means for differentiating the tiles of each group from one another; (g) determining the end of play of the game and winner determination means; (h) selecting players; (i) providing each of the players with a group of numbered tiles; (j) randomly drawing a tile and noting the number thereon, and placing it with the number thereon exposed on the board in the position defined by the at least one multiplier set and at least one multiplicand set of the edges of the board; (k) continuing play to the predetermined end of the game; and (l) determining the winner in accordance with the predetermined winner determination means.
  3. 17. A method of playing a multiplication game, comprising the following steps: (a) providing a game board having a generally rectilinear matrix of playing positions thereon, an opposed first and second row edge pair, and an opposed first and second columnar edge pair; (b) providing at least one set of multiplier numbers and at least one set of multiplicand numbers disposed in at least two adjacent row and column edges of the board; (c) providing numbers along all edges of the board, and randomizing the numbers differently along all edges of the board; (d) further providing at least two groups of playing tiles, and differentiating the groups from one another; (e) numbering the tiles of each group with the product numbers of the at least one set of multiplier and at least one set of multiplicand numbers of the row and column edges of the board; (f) providing means for differentiating the tiles of each group from one another; (g) determining the end of play of the game and winner determination means; (h) selecting players; (i) providing each of the players with a group of numbered tiles; (j) randomly drawing a tile and noting the number thereon, and placing it with the number thereon exposed on the board in the position defined by the at least one multiplier set and at least one multiplicand set of the edges of the board; (k) continuing play to the predetermined end of the game; and (l) determining the winner in accordance with the predetermined winner determination means.

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Patent Family

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US20020015936 Victor Donn Feb 2002
US6695618 Victor N. Donn Feb 2004