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Posted on 20th July 2002 by Peter Western of Norwich.

What is the best way to clean snooker balls?
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Posted on 20th July 2002 by Mick McGough of Greenford, Middlesex.

A player is granted a free ball with only the blue, pink and black left. He nominates the pink which he plays onto the blue potting the blue and the pink. Is this a foul?
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Posted on 22nd June 2002 by Gavin Wright of Enfield, North London.

How do I remove and re-tip a cue?
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Posted on 8th June 2002 by Robert McLean of Chadds Ford, USA.

What are the minimum recommended room dimensions to accommodate a full size snooker table?

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Posted on 1st June 2002 by Gary Lawrence of Clacton, Essex.

The maximum break in snooker is 147 (15 reds, 15 blacks and then the colours).

In theory if your opponent fouls (before any balls are potted) resulting in a free ball, you could take the free ball, then a black then proceed with a 147 break and you could make a 155 break.

Do you know of any professional games where a break of over 147 has been recorded? Was this televised?   Who made it?
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Posted on 25th May 2002 by Janine Samler of Dorking.

Please can you tell me where/if you can buy chalk spindles like people use in America... these are great! No sweaty/sticky hands and the cue glides easily. Loads of bars and pool halls in America have them...for description, they are cones of chalk that revolve on a spindle that you brush your hands on before & during play. They are usually about 6/7" tall... wide at the bottom and thin at the top... and should be used EVERYWHERE! It really helps your game!
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Posted on 11th May 2002 by John Wilson of Chorley.

1: If all the spots are occupied, and the brown has to be respotted, where does it go? 2: If the black has to be respotted, and from its spot to the back cushion are a line of balls, where does it go?

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Posted on 4th May 2002 by Graham Hardman of Chatham.

I remember reading somewhere that Eddie Charlton once managed to escape from a snooker off 7 cushions. Can you confirm this, and can you demonstrate how he did it?
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Posted on 27th April 2002 by Graham Cresswell of Chatham.

A player starts to take a shot on the blue, not realising that the next ball should be the yellow - one of his suporters utters "no the yellow". What should the referee do in this instance?
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Posted on 7th April 2002 by Derek Middleton of Sussex Inlet, Australia.

After a foul the opponent is granted a free ball. There are three reds left on the table, black is nominated as the free ball and after the shot is taken the situation is:-

Two of the reds are snookered behind the black and the other red is snookered behind the pink (the black playing no part in this snooker). Is this a foul or is it fair because the free ball plays no part of the snooker on the red behind the pink?
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Posted on 24th March 2002 by Paul Horsfield of Keighley.

In a recent match a free ball was called as the last red could not be seen after a foul stroke. The player at the table potted black as the free ball but did not nominate the black as the free ball prior to the shot. Is this a foul as the free ball was not identified?
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Posted on 9th March 2002 by Mark Grant of Poole.

Can you explain what the nap of a table is and do all cue sport tables have a nap?

Are all tables made from slate?
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Posted on 9th March 2002 by Graham Hardman of Leeds.

When playing, I almost always find the cue 'sticking' to my bridge hand, the friction is presumably due to sweat. I've tried lubricating my bridge with chalk dust, I've tried wiping my hands frequently with a cloth, I've tried washing my hands before and during a match, but to no avail. What would you say is the best way to keep the bridge friction-free?
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Posted on 17th February 2002 by Carl Hughes of Fareham.

I know Paul Hunter has retained the Benson & Hedges Masters this year, but I would like to know who else has retained this title. Would you know all the previous winners of this tournament? I would be very grateful for this information.
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Posted on 17th February by Steve Renaud of Aurora, Ontario, Canada.

When all spots are occupied where do the colours respot? I have always spotted the pink and black, closest possible behind their own spot. I have always spotted the other colors ahead of their spots. Meaning yellow, green, brown and blue spot towards the D portion of the table. Is this correct?

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Posted on 17th February by Jim Coady of Charlottetown, Canada.

The following section of the Rules has been the cause of some heated discussion:

Section 2. Definitions:- 16. Snookered (e)

A cushion cannot snooker the cue-ball. If the curved face of a cushion obstructs the cue-ball and is closer to the cue-ball than any obstructing ball not on, the cue-ball is not snookered.

1. Is this a new rule? 2. Does it mean you cannot be 'cushion hooked' or 'angled'? 3. What is the procedure if you find yourself in this situation? 4. What if only the Black ball remains on the table?

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Posted on 10th February 2002 by Chris Jones of Oxford.

Does the cue ball over a number of years decrease in size, this being caused by the ball being compressed with the continuous contact with other balls on the table?
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Posted on 29th December by Ed Baines of Market Harborough, UK.

What is the highest score that can be made in two consecutive shots in English Billiards?

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Posted on 29th December 2001 by Neil Lawlor of Brampton, Ontario.

As I am very new to this game of snooker I am trying to learn the rules properly. While playing with more experienced people one states that when you break it's ok to hit the pink before the breaking the reds. Could you please inform me if this is correct.
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Posted on 29th December by Gordon Wheeler of Opotiki, New Zealand.

A player breaks and, at the end of his turn, only the cue ball is left on the table.

What is the lowest break he can have made and what is the final score?
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