Tiddlywinks is a partnership game for four players. The six counters of each colour are known as ‘winks’. The person controlling the blue winks partners the person controlling the red winks, while the person playing the green winks partners the person playing the yellow winks. Tiddlywinks can also be played as a singles contest between two people who then play both colours of their partnership.
Tiddlywinks is played on a felt mat measuring six foot by three foot with the pot placed in the centre. If an officially approved mat is not available, a blanket or rug spread over a table can be used. On an ideal surface, when a wink is flicked by a larger counter known as a ‘squidger’ it should take off at an angle of 30-45 degrees (rather than scooting along the surface or going straight up in the air).