Bingo Calling Terms (part 4)

The British love the 90 Ball Bingo and therefore have lovingly nicknamed all the numbers - right from 1 to 90. Let's take a look at some of them.

  • 64 - Red raw / The Beatles number
    The Beatles song "When I'm 64" is where this nickname originates from.
  • 65 - Old age pension
    This is the traditional age for claiming state pension.
  • 66 - All the sixes
  • 67 - Argumentative number
  • 69 - The same both ways / Either way up
  • 70 - Three score and ten / Blind 70
  • 72 - Six dozen
  • 76 - Trombones
    Refers to the musical piece called "76 Trombones" which is played at almost all parades in UK
  • 77 - Sunset strip / All the sevens /
    The 77 Sunset Strip was a detective show with a cult following. It was aired in the late 1950's in America - right about the time when Land based Bingo was also picking up in Britain.
  • 80 - Gandhi's breakfast / Blind 80 / Eight and blank
    Gandhi's ascetics were quite famous in the UK and he was well known for fasting a lot. The number 80, looks like a plate and 2 beans, and it was joked that this was what Gandhi had for breakfast.
  • 88 - All the eights
  • 89 - Nearly there / All but one
  • 90 - Top of the shop / Top of the house / Blind 90 / End of the line