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How to fight with conkers!

ARE THERE ANY UNUSUAL SPORTS OR GAMES FROM YOUR COUNTRY? IN THE AUTUMN, THE ENGLISH LIKE TO PLAY CONKERS.

A conker is the seed of a horse-chestnut tree. It’s small, round, dark brown in colour, and perfect for conker fights. A conker fight is simple, but the preparation can be complicated. First, you need to find a good, strong conker. Then, you need to put a hole in it. You can do this with a drill. Next, you place a piece of string through the hole and tie a knot at one end. Now, your conker is ready for a conker fight.

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