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Q: What do you get when you combine Billiards with Ice Hockey?
As you break the nine ball rack, the spheres rifle out in all directions, seemingly impervious to friction. You clear half the rack on the break, but have to shoot like a surgeon to run out the rest of the balls without fouling - - a true challenge!
The balls are normal resin, but rest on a table-top
sheet of ice. The rails are felt-covered rubber, per normal, but the table is a water-tight reservoir with a lip in front of each pocket. The table is filled with water before internal coolers freeze it into ice.
Each table, in addition to having a crutch/bridge slung under one side, will come with a miniature hand-operated Zamboni. If the ice becomes irrevocably damaged, or someone tips their pint of Guiness across its surface, you can wipe it or thaw, drain, and re-freeze.
Available in pocket-billiards/pool, snooker, and 'three cushion billiards.'
Not to be confused with
outdoor winter sport, table carved out of ice [contracts, Nov 11 2004]
winter sport, huge area; more like curling w/ pockets than pool. [contracts, Nov 11 2004]
Billericay, nr Brentwood [zen_tom, Nov 11 2004]
Billy Fury [DrBob, Nov 12 2004]
Cube Pool [contracts, Nov 12 2004]
What's a Zamboni?
Oh, it's one of those things... [zen_tom, Nov 12 2004]
Not one of these things
[angel, Nov 12 2004]
Nor one of these...
Zambezi [DrBob, Nov 12 2004]
This guy invented them...
Zambini [zen_tom, Nov 13 2004]
||Cool. Power hungry though.
||I'm imagining a radio-controlled 1:15 scale Zamboni now...
||You could play cube pool on it too.
||Now, I'm not sure about this, but wouldn't the surface be prone to being uneven? Wouldn't it develop lumps and ridges etc as it froze? Obviously this is where the zamboni comes in, but I'm sure it's going to need frequent 'zambonying' to allow for even a half-decent game.
|| - Ahh, the correct term is 'zamboning' - To zambone: The act of zamboning i.e. perform ice-flattening operation with a Zamboni. Zambonage, the art of ice-flattening.
||Jesus. Thank god we've got link flagging now. This idea is going to be a mine-field in about six months.
||Ha! Ice skating croissant for you!