Sport: Billiards: Table
Billiackey   (+13, -5)  [vote for, against]
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.'
-- contracts, Nov 11 2004

Not to be confused with http://www.halfbake.../Ice_20Pool_20Table
outdoor winter sport, table carved out of ice [contracts, Nov 11 2004]

Or with
winter sport, huge area; more like curling w/ pockets than pool. [contracts, Nov 11 2004]

Or with: http://www.multimap...0000&in.x=5&in.y=10
Billericay, nr Brentwood [zen_tom, Nov 11 2004]

Nor with...
Billy Fury [DrBob, Nov 12 2004]

Useful for...
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 http://www.southafr...tegoryName=Zambucca
[angel, Nov 12 2004]

Nor one of these...
Zambezi [DrBob, Nov 12 2004]

This guy invented them... http://members.roge..._heroes/zambini.htm
Zambini [zen_tom, Nov 13 2004]

Cool. Power hungry though.
-- 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Nov 12 2004

Entirely bakeable...
-- david_scothern, Nov 12 2004

I'm imagining a radio-controlled 1:15 scale Zamboni now...
-- hippo, Nov 12 2004

You could play cube pool on it too.
-- waugsqueke, Nov 12 2004

Most awesome.
-- calum, Nov 12 2004

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.

[edit] - 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.
-- zen_tom, Nov 12 2004

Jesus. Thank god we've got link flagging now. This idea is going to be a mine-field in about six months.
-- contracts, Nov 13 2004

Ha! Ice skating croissant for you!
-- DesertFox, Dec 22 2005

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