capture the flag


Definition of capture the flag 

: a game in which players on each of two teams seek to capture the other team's flag and return it to their side without being captured and imprisoned

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Last week, OpenAI’s bots were playing Dota 2; this week, it’s Quake III, with a team of researchers from Google’s DeepMind subsidiary successfully training agents that can beat humans at a game of capture the flag. James Vincent, The Verge, "DeepMind’s AI agents exceed ‘human-level’ gameplay in Quake III," 4 July 2018 But Saturday afternoon, Kelsey Taylor will coach a relay race, Ahmad Rashad will direct a capture the flag game and Terraca Bobo will oversee a family field day, all in the name of preventing violence in Indianapolis. Faith E. Pinho, Indianapolis Star, "Amid Indianapolis' violence comes this effort to better know your neighbor," 27 June 2018 Teams will row across Lake Woodlands and try to capture the flag, attempting to be the first ones to bring it back across the finish line. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Registration open for YMCA Dragon Boat Team Challenge," 23 June 2018 On the Fourth, there will be a capture the flag game, snow cones and, at night, s'mores and a glow-stick party. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Last-minute Fourth of July hotel deals in Phoenix, Scottsdale," 22 June 2018 There’s surfing in the morning, followed by lunch and beach games like volleyball and capture the flag, followed by more surfing. Laurie Wilson,, "The fun comes in waves at these NE summer camps on the beach," 23 May 2018 With locations all over the country, little Lego fiends will build away, nary a dodgeball or game of capture the flag in sight. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Ten Summer Camps For Little Innovators," 4 Apr. 2018 The activity is designed for the entire family and contains a wide variety of games such as capture the flag and team elimination. Sheila Vilvens,, "Indoor Nerf area at Newport on the Levee will save your lamps and TVs from destruction," 2 Feb. 2018 After a brief hot-chocolate warm-up inside the school, the students returned for a couple of spirited rounds of capture the flag, followed by a lunch of genuine U.S. Army MREs (meals ready to eat). Brian Albrecht,, "Cold lessons of trench warfare: Kent teens simulate combat in World War I re-enactment (photos, video)," 20 Jan. 2018

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circa 1925, in the meaning defined above

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