For those of you who don't know about the Egg War, it is a family tradition in the McCarthy clan, brought to America many years ago by my great-grandfather. Everyone starts with an Easter Egg. Last year's champion makes the first challenge. The challenged contestant holds his egg with one end exposed while the current winner taps it with his egg. The one that cracks is the loser. The winner makes the next challenge. Each egg has two ends so it's basically a double elimination challenge system. (Sometimes we all start with two eggs.) The champion is the final player with an uncracked end.Grandpa McCarthy sometimes would cheat by moving his thumb over the top of his egg at the last instant. This is explicitly disallowed by the rules, but sometimes tolerated when a youngster seems to be winning. Congratulations to Mom for winning.