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1. A slender bowling pin used in a variation of the game of tenpins.
2. also candlepins(used with a sing. verb) A bowling game using slender pins and a ball smaller than that used in tenpins.
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(Bowls & Bowling) (functioning as singular) a type of bowling game, employing a smaller ball than tenpins, in which three balls are allowed to a frame and fallen pins are not removed from the alley
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(ˈkæn dlˌpɪnz)

1. (used with a sing. v.) a game like tenpins played with almost cylindrical bowling pins that can be set up on either end.
2. candlepin, a pin used in this game.
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Noun1.candlepins - a bowling game using slender bowling pinscandlepins - a bowling game using slender bowling pins
bowling - a game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over or moving them
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Kelley was also well known as a terrific bowler, he made several appearances on the television show Candlepins for Cash in the 1970's.Kelley was a terrific man with an especially optimistic attitude and outlook on life that was truly memorable to anyone that had the good fortune of meeting him.
I discovered in Somerville a somewhat forgotten, almost always empty bowling alley--actually candlepins, which is what we play here in Massachusetts--with a pool hall attached.
"Hudson line bowled over like candlepins,'' the headline in the Worcester Telegram proclaimed of the holiday game played at the Central Street grounds in Hudson.
I got winged by balls and wooden candlepins on a regular basis, though never seriously injured.
Two things - the Admirals have good uniforms, and the between-periods human bowling contest should have inflatable candlepins and not tenpins, since Worcester is the birthplace of candlepin bowling, after all.
Candlepin grew in popularity throughout New England starting in the 1950s and was featured on many television shows, including "Candlepins for Cash." Its popularity peaked in the late 1970s and early '80s.
There used to be so many places to bowl candlepins, more than 20 in Worcester, where the sport first was developed way back in 1880.
Whether it's tenpins, candlepins, or duckpins, there's something enormously satisfying about the simple act of knocking down a bunch of well-ordered pins.
Linda was an avid candlepin bowler who made two appearances on TV - Candlepins for Cash.
His major interest was candlepin bowling; and he even had an appearance on "Candlepins for Cash." He was a Red Sox and Patriots fan, enjoyed card games, word games, chess and crossword puzzles.
Mattson, a Fitchburg native, is also an accomplished bowler, still averaging 105 in candlepins competition when he plays at Putnam Street Bowling Alleys in Fitchburg.
Gamere hosted "Candlepins for Cash" from 1973 to 1980.