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n. Scots
A curling match or tournament.

[Probably Dutch *bonspel, league game : bon, league, perhaps from bonne, precinct of a city + spel, game, from Middle Dutch.]
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(ˈbɒnˌspiːl; -spəl)
(Curling) a curling match
[C16: probably from Low German; compare Flemish bonespel children's game; see spiel]
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a competition or tournament between curling clubs.
[1555–65; Scots dial., perhaps < Dutch or Low German]
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Fun Bonspiel: William Johnstone, Liz Earl and Crawford McIntyre.
In between on Ice practices the World Floor Curling Federation also hosted a small three Countries bonspiel where the Qatari Teams claimed the Gold and the Bronze medals.
Moreover, although not a party to the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and thus not having listed any of its heritage under its inventories, the four countries forming the UK have many traditions, representations, expressions, and specific knowledge or skills which are part of its heritage, from Morris Dancing to bonspiel (a curling tournament which originated in Scotland).
In which winter sport is a match or tournament known as a bonspiel? 3.
The national bonspiel will be staged March 25 to March 28 at the Granite Curling Club in Saskatoon.
If you had two eight enders in one bonspiel what are you playing?
to the Perth Masters International Curling Bonspiel today and tomorrow at The Dewars Centre, Perth at 10am - and it's free.
His idea to turn the slow post-Christmas season to commercial advantage had potential in terms of a hockey tournament, curling bonspiel, speed skating contests, and snow shoe races.
"It's a central location, both provincially and nationally," said Louis Gardiner, the chairperson of the national bonspiel, explaining why the event is once again at the same club.
2-5 75th Annual International Curling Bonspiel Curling is the oldest organized sport in Fairbanks and the international curling event is in its 75th year, with prizes awarded for men's and women's teams, 907-452-CURL,
(79) On one occasion, when Kolisnyk voted against a grant to the Curling Association for its annual bonspiel, he explained that the city should not be giving money to curling clubs while claiming that there was not enough money to support the unemployed.
Curling clubs up here north of Duluth are social centers (perhaps because they're a balmy twenty-eight degrees inside), and nothing beats a bonspiel (curling tournament) where locals compete for toasters and jackknives.