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Let the lawn games begin

Thai Thakorn Phodeang, center, throws a metal ball toward a small wooden ball during practice for petanque in this 2010 file photo from Bangkok, Thailand. A form of lawn bowling, petanque is a 100-year-old French game.
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Thai Thakorn Phodeang, center, throws a metal ball toward a small wooden ball during practice for petanque in this 2010 file photo from Bangkok, Thailand. A form of lawn bowling, petanque is a 100-year-old French game.
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The best part of summer isn’t the long, warm days or the cookouts, or the opportunity to putter in the garden. It’s the lawn games. Why? Lawn games epitomize summer. And they are so superior to other sports. Socks and shoes are generally optional. Participants often play with a cold beverage in one hand. And, truth be told, you don’t need to be the greatest athlete. If you brag that you can run the 100 ...

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