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Stones, brooms and brews: It's easy to fall in love with curling

CHICAGO - Start with elements of bowling, darts and shuffleboard. Toss in some baseball vernacular, like slider, skip and hammer. Retrieve brooms from your grandma's closet. Conclude with one of golf's great contributions, the boozy 19th hole.

"We like to say," Karrie Gottschild of the Chicago Curling Club based in Northbrook, Ill., offered, "that we're a drinking club with a curling problem."

Curling enthusiasts call it "the roaring game" for the rumbling sound the 44-pound stone

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