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Evolved from throwing spears or shooting arrows. Hand arrows were a useful weapon, known as ‘dartes’, and this was one of the few games that medieval and early modern governments did not feel obliged to prohibit. The standard clock‐face became established in the late 19th cent., and paper flights to fit the darts were patented in 1898. In the 20th cent., two world wars (with much killing of time) followed by the spread of television helped to popularize the game.

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