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Musto Bros. edition
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7.50 x 4.00 x 0.50 inches
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- box
~ Game board which folded to fit into the box.
~ Booklet rules for playing.
~ Set of eight wooden pieces.

It was created by John Scarne, and first marketed in 1945 as Teko. Later the game became Teeko. Scarne was so proud of the game that his son's middle name was chosen to be "Teeko."

The game was evidently re-isssued in 1952 as Teeko, and modified in the 1960s.

You can see an image of the game box by following the link to the Abstract Strategy website.

In his Washington Post Article on July 15,2001 Blake Eskin notes:

   In 1945, Scarne unveiled an experiment that synthesized elements of several classic
   games. “So I took the T from Tic-tac-toe, the E from Chess, the K from Checkers and
   the O from Bingo,” he wrote. Scarne quickly withdrew Teko because he thought the
   rules could be improved and the name should “be phonetically sound in any language.”

The game was only on the market for about a year. In later edition Scarne changed the name to Teeko which he thought sounded less harsh.

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