(1) Baking a conker makes it more likely to shatter.(2) An old date book, a leaf from a tree in Greece, a conker from Paris, a knife stolen from the Ritz, part of a love letter, etc. - all are carefully arranged to create the best effect.(3) Plan B was to use a drill, of the electric kind, but this proved hazardous to one health from the result of a clip round ear from father who didn't take kindly to the holes left in the kitchen worktop after the drill had passed through the conker .(4) Competition in the ring was ferocious as fearless competitors risked their knuckles and aimed to split the conker at the end of a leather string held by their opponent.(5) The inevitable dehydration that this involves causes the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain to dry up, allowing the brain to rattle around inside the skull like a conker in a biscuit tin.(6) Did you opt for a few preliminary skirmishes to test out the ability of your conker to achieve the all important swing/force ratio, or did you immediately challenge the owner of the champion conker in the hope of immediate glory.(7) No danger of falling coconuts there, just the occasional conker .(8) Now on reading a typical party election manifesto, I have never been made aware of any party political concerns about the disgraceful risk of being hit on the head by a conker .(9) Picking the right conker is a big gamble, but usually as long as it's fresh and has a nice gloss it will be fine.(10) Overprotectionism is killing the age old theory that sometimes the best way to learn what is dangerous is to get hit in the eye with a conker ├ö├ç┬¬(11) In other words a nationwide band of amateurs who watch the landscape for signs of seasonal change - the first cuckoo, the first frogspawn, the first conker , that sort of thing.(12) Here, each competitor randomly selects a conker from a bag, rather than play with his own equipment.(13) These ranged from the traditional knockabout with a conker on a string, to a conkernut shy, a play on the coconut version, and wingseed throwing.(14) It's a beautiful thing, the leather rich brown and shiny as a conker and trimmed with brass.(15) I can't think of anything less palatable than setting my alarm for 8.30 am and actually getting up when it goes off - it makes me feel like a conker being prized from its casing too soon.(16) I picked up a shiny, fresh conker in the street as I walked around Canonbury and Highbury for a couple of hours.