This is probably the same game as “hot cockles,” although it apparently lacks the hitting or buffeting the blinded wizard.
But, for 'hot cockles,' at least three players are necessary, and that made them laugh.
The rhyme suggests comparison with the game of “hot cockles.”
hot cockles succeeded next, questions and commands followed that, and last of all, they sate down to hunt the slipper.
The few works which treat on the subject have all become as obselete as “hot cockles” and “crambo.”
Then the boy whose back is bent jumps up, and the others run away crying out, “hot cockles.”
High barons play blind-man's buff; seigneurs and dames sometimes join in the undignified "hot cockles."
“hot cockles” is an old game, practised especially at Christmas.
hot cockles succeeded next, questions and commands followed that, and last of all they sat down to hunt the slipper.