A little Mornington Crescent - anyone care to join in?

(1000 Posts)
OverAndAbove Thu 24-Oct-13 21:35:49

I just fancy a change of focus.

I'll jump right in with Great Portland Street - I think I'm entitled to do that, with it being beyond the autumn equinox, but before Halloween?

Any takers?

bsc Thu 24-Oct-13 21:38:41

Mmmm.... Great Portland Street.

Good opener thanks

I'll go for Gloucester Road. (I'll let you work out how...)

valiumredhead Thu 24-Oct-13 21:38:43

I'd love to but have no idea how to play do I'll just bump this for you so people see itgrin

ScoutJemAndBoooooooooooo Thu 24-Oct-13 21:39:47


BikeRunSki Thu 24-Oct-13 21:41:07

Interesting move, Pimlico

Audacious I know but I'm going straight in with Kensal Rise!

Sorry, sorry but it's been that kind of day.

BigWoooooo Thu 24-Oct-13 21:42:40


Lambeth North.

bsc Thu 24-Oct-13 21:42:55

Gosh, Kensal Rise? hmm

Little bit edgy there...

I'm going to go Goodge Street, ha!

annabelcaramel Thu 24-Oct-13 21:43:52


Hassled Thu 24-Oct-13 21:45:41

I have no idea which rules this chap was playing by.

I am going to take your collective breath away with South Kensington. Did you see what I did there?

OverAndAbove Thu 24-Oct-13 21:49:23

Ooh, an eclectic range of moves there ladies - stepping right up to the brink, are we? I'll counter with Chancery Lane

Exogenesis Thu 24-Oct-13 21:49:48

nice, very nice... may I say Bank wink

stealthsquiggle Thu 24-Oct-13 21:52:40

Can't believe no one has got in already with White City

OverAndAbove Thu 24-Oct-13 21:58:48

Good grief, White City - of course! ::face palm:: Therefore a quick slide to Hammersmith

Hassled Thu 24-Oct-13 22:01:10

I'm not convinced by White City. It is almost Halloween, after all.


stealthsquiggle Thu 24-Oct-13 22:10:42

Borough, Hassled? shock

I am wounded.

Curioustiger Thu 24-Oct-13 22:15:26


Yes, I said it.

sapfu Thu 24-Oct-13 22:17:29

Bold, tiger, bold.

OK as it's after 1015pm - Croxley.

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Thu 24-Oct-13 22:25:49

Impressed with the imaginative moves so far!

And whilst you're distracted by compliments....

Old Street

bsc Thu 24-Oct-13 22:29:48


Old Street is a little gauche at this time shock

Green Park. <crosses arms>

ScabbyOozingCarbuncle Thu 24-Oct-13 22:31:46

Argh! I bloody love Mornington Crescent! But sadly Im just too knackered tonight! sad Save me a place for tomorrow. x

Inertia Thu 24-Oct-13 22:36:14

What with the clocks changing on Sunday - Dollis Hill.

OverAndAbove Thu 24-Oct-13 22:39:04

Well, you've raised the bar now, Inertia! If we're going along the Daylight Saving Perspective, it's going to have to be Bayswater then...

sapfu Thu 24-Oct-13 22:44:16


Since when can one go from Dollis Hill to Bayswater! It's not a leap year, British currency hasn't changed this century and unless one of us is a Canadian called Brenda, why are we not in the Dollis Hill loop?

ofcoursethisisanamechange Thu 24-Oct-13 22:44:44

Too tired for strategic moves tonight- sloane square as a safety move-

BelleOfTheBorstal Thu 24-Oct-13 22:48:51

Hmmmn, Balham as a tight counter to Sloane Square. It works because of the timing under the '1852 Ideal Rules' what with it being that time of night.

sapfu Thu 24-Oct-13 22:54:07

I despair. We're all going to hell in a handcart. What is the point of rules if no one is going to stick to them.

Fuck it.


Clayhanger Thu 24-Oct-13 22:58:56

Look. I don 't want to raise the temperature here, but what's got into you all? Was the Crickhowell amendment (para 5) all in vain? It's time for the corkscrew move to Finsbury Park.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Thu 24-Oct-13 22:59:41

Sapfu- sloane sq solved the dollis loop issue (albeit using leapfrog move) which is allowed as we've not hit the 20 move point- see clarke's precedents- and before you say it- I actually am north american!

Clayhanger Thu 24-Oct-13 23:05:46

ofcoursethisisanamechange Ooh, I like that. Very confident. I suspect you're after a full flush, am I right?

Inertia Thu 24-Oct-13 23:06:10

Pah - i was about to invoke the causality wormhole intervention made possible by the switching on of the LHC to get us out of Cyprus, but Clayhanger was too fast for even the most up-to-date manoeuvre.

sapfu Thu 24-Oct-13 23:06:51

But but but but it's not a Tuesday and no African government has been overthrown in the last 48 hours.

Unless one of us has swum with whales today, we're all fucked.

We traditionalists are like dinosaurs round here now I tells ya.

Hermyninny Thu 24-Oct-13 23:07:30

I give you... Holborn (invoking the Dimbleby amendment)

GrandPoohBah Thu 24-Oct-13 23:10:57

This is what happens when you don't clarify if you're playing by the International competition rules or not, you spend a lot of time debating the Oxley/Paignton amendments.

For the sake of argument, I'm going to run with the 1972 competition rules (UK edition), and play Embankment.

Inertia Thu 24-Oct-13 23:13:44

Ok, well then if wevare going to be parochial about it - Arnos Grove.

OverAndAbove Thu 24-Oct-13 23:15:30

Well, we seem to have some stickling going on here. Loosen up guys - and remember the Transect South by South West Principle - it's damn near Friday, after all!

But in order to take the heat out of the situation (which I may have caused myself, with my flagrant - yet elegant, no? - disregard for Dollis), I will suggest Piccadilly Circus

BelleOfTheBorstal Thu 24-Oct-13 23:19:13

Sapfu-I sat next to a pond with goldfish in yesterday, so I think that will cover the whales. It was only in the 1967 re-write that it actually required entering the water with mammelian sea based creatures. Before that being in the presence of an aquatic creature within a seven day period sufficed.

Inertia Thu 24-Oct-13 23:23:06

Bearing in mind the Euro lights - off directive of 2007 i think we need to move swiftly away from Piccadilly Circus and i think we are probably Going to need to go Harrow on the Hill to comply.

BackInTheGameAtLast Thu 24-Oct-13 23:36:18

I'm not convinced about the euro-lights off directive, what with this being October but us still being in BST but I'm prepared to let it go just this once. However, having regard to the 1963 Howardson amendment, you leave me with only one option!


ofcoursethisisanamechange Fri 25-Oct-13 07:38:36

Good Morning- Brixton!

KnappShappeyShipwright Fri 25-Oct-13 07:46:12

Bethnal Green. It's a risky move but I think it works.

Curioustiger Fri 25-Oct-13 07:47:20

A tried and tested move - Hampstead.

Inertia Fri 25-Oct-13 09:19:56

Going to go for Friday Switchback as permitted by the half-term amendments - Mile End.

Hassled Fri 25-Oct-13 09:27:29

It's a wet and windy day, and there's a storm a-brewing - the only option I can come up with is Elephant and Castle.

OverAndAbove Fri 25-Oct-13 09:32:53

Ok, now in the cold light of day, I can see what's going on here. Respect to all, some marvellous play!

And following the Hazardous Weather Protocol ideal, a quick shunt across to Oval

Inertia Fri 25-Oct-13 09:37:23

Smart use of the HWP there Over. I take it we are using the Updated Version ( 1987) thus allowing Colindale?

BelleOfTheBorstal Fri 25-Oct-13 09:46:01

But if Colindale is a possibility, then that means I can go, straight for Grange Hill!

Curioustiger Fri 25-Oct-13 09:53:20

Grange hill? Surely you mean Arsenal belle? Either way I believe the almanac permits a slide across to Charing Cross at this point (1975 amendment).

BigWoooooo Fri 25-Oct-13 10:30:33

Sticking quite closely to the Steiner strategy I see. That one hasn't been popular for a while. Doesn't leave me with much choice, so I'll pop on over to Stratford.

FergusSingsTheBlues Fri 25-Oct-13 10:46:18

I getting grimy with Harlesden

Inertia Fri 25-Oct-13 11:07:19

I believe the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson allows me to use the Gauge Clause, so from the available options I will plump for Chalfont & Latimer.

ofcoursethisisanamechange Fri 25-Oct-13 11:41:18

I've debated this before and think a lot is left to regional interpretation but am going with Hammersmith

Curioustiger Fri 25-Oct-13 11:48:03

Ofcourse shock

ofcoursethisisanamechange Fri 25-Oct-13 12:02:04

yes curious- some may say that Hendigger's revisions rule it out, but I just don't think he applies to all situations- yes if you are in a small group and everyone has agreed beforehand to limit the game that way, but in this kind of forum you surely have to accept that the wider Anderson rules from '72 are the standard.

Inertia Fri 25-Oct-13 12:02:52

Ooh. Controversial.


StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 12:16:44

A somewhat controversial move to Ealing Broadway...

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 12:21:18

Hmm. Think I have no option but to go for Camden Town.

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 12:40:16

I risky move ooerrmissus leaving Euston Square wide open - this could be a short game...

WinningBread Fri 25-Oct-13 12:49:49

I think it is appropriate for me to enter the game at this point with Canada Water. See what I did there?

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 12:51:37

Aha Warwick Avenue! Always wanted to use the Markovizc Gambit but never managed it before

ofcoursethisisanamechange Fri 25-Oct-13 13:07:19

beautiful move ooermissus! so pleased to see that manouever!

KippyVonKipperson Fri 25-Oct-13 13:13:09

Oxford circus, I think that's the only move available (although possibly bayswater at a stretch)

KippyVonKipperson Fri 25-Oct-13 13:14:23

I didn't know Canada water was allowed? I really must re-read the rules, they've probably been updated since I last played

MooncupGoddess Fri 25-Oct-13 13:23:51

I'm going to go for a gambit suggested by Frecklington-Smythe in his classic work of 1954, but - oddly - not widely adopted.

Ruislip Gardens.

ToffeePenny Fri 25-Oct-13 13:26:27

I'll take a one point change, avoiding the 3 point penalty under the 1977 ruling.


StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 13:28:15

I'm not sure Canada Water is valid - short rules don't apply with yesterday being a Thursday.

Giving the benefit of the doubt - Paddington...

WinningBread Fri 25-Oct-13 13:59:11

Since Canada water most definitely is allowable under the amendment created as recently as 1999 by Happold et al, then the only viable move from here is...


Oh, yes.

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 14:18:43

I was under the impression that Happold had been completely discredited under the 2001 revolt? Never the less Pinner is an impressive move.

I will play it safe with Covent Garden...

Beastofburden Fri 25-Oct-13 14:23:20

Ahah stay I was waiting for someone to feel a false sense of security and play Covent Garden.

You have totally overlooked the 1986 Cadbury ruling, haven't you?

Stepney Green. I think you'll find that is definitive.

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 14:27:46

You must be a very shrewd player to be aware of the Cadbury ruling.

It seems the stakes have been raised so I give you - Barons Court...

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 14:32:31

ooohhh, good one!

trish5000 Fri 25-Oct-13 14:34:53

Can I join? Need a reread of the rules. Hmm Kensal Green. Thats allowed isnt it?

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 14:34:59

Right, correct me if I'm wrong but I believe I can play Gunnersbury? 1986 Le Bon amendment?

TheLateKateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 25-Oct-13 14:35:05

Ooh <rubs hands> can't resist a good game of Mornington Cresent.

Assuming Trumpington's Ruse has been engaged via Barons Court, the Overground is wild so....Peckham Rye.

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 14:36:02

oh no, cross post. After Kensal Green I'll go Acton Central

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 14:37:35

Swiss Cottage seems the obvious move...

sashh Fri 25-Oct-13 14:38:00

Under the Boshida convention foreign stations can be played a maximum of two times in a single game, so using that convention I give you Ueno Park (Tokyo).

(hopes no wone slips back to Europe under the Lille rules of 1885)

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 25-Oct-13 14:38:49

Have we or have we not adopted the Kleinwort Barclay Protocol? Anyway, I'll risk


ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 14:39:25

That's going to confuse a lot of the more traditional players, sashh.


sashh Fri 25-Oct-13 14:40:40

I know ooerrmissus but the game needs the occasional spark of something new.

MooncupGoddess Fri 25-Oct-13 14:41:18

Damn it missus, I was about to unveil a genius move there and you've utterly thwarted it. I'll have to play safe and go for Goodge St.

Beastofburden Fri 25-Oct-13 14:41:43

In which case I will invoke the Lindt regulations and play Tottenham Court.

Nobody wants to make me invoke Green & Black... you wouldn't like me when I am angry.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 25-Oct-13 14:42:35

Goodge Street? Then I'll do the lateral shunt to Warren Street.

moonbells Fri 25-Oct-13 14:43:00

Augh. So under the Sale amendment I can't move to Chorleywood. Bah. In that case, South Ruislip.

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 14:43:11

I which case, Tufnell Park

Beastofburden Fri 25-Oct-13 14:43:36

I concede. Well played.

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 14:49:09

Being a very traditional player I will stick with rule 77a and go with Belsize Park..

Inertia Fri 25-Oct-13 14:51:17

In order to comply with both Rule 77a and the Abercrombie Strategy, I think it has to be Victoria .

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 14:51:45

Then I shall go with a Jaworski move- Finchley Central.

MooncupGoddess Fri 25-Oct-13 14:52:51

Clever, Inertia... but doesn't Abercrombie allow a double loop when the moon is on the wane? So, Ravenscourt Park.

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 14:56:25

Quite right, Mooncup

Inertia Fri 25-Oct-13 14:58:35

Aha, you must be using the revised version of Abercrombie there Mooncup, very smart move.

In that case the Threapleton Shuffle can be played...Perivale.

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 14:59:34

Which leads straight to Maida Vale

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 14:59:36

I forgot to check, are we playing Rowntree rules? If so, Pimlico.

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 15:09:11

I would say that the Rowntree rules would fit in nicely and lead directly to Westminster...

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 15:12:54

Good one. A quick Lyttleton manoeuvre to Chancery Lane

MrsWilliamBodie Fri 25-Oct-13 15:44:31

Nice move

I'm very fair off my top form - I'll go with Swiss Cottage and hope it's enough.

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Fri 25-Oct-13 16:11:46

Chalfont and Latimer

Which invokes Crabbit's Law and makes main line stations wild, of course.

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Fri 25-Oct-13 16:14:58

I know Inertia played Chalfont earlier, but it can be revisited because of Maud's lateral shunt.

Disappointed to see players quoting Rule 77a which, although strictly speaking hasn't yet been removed, is generally frowned upon in the modern game. It's lazy play.

OverAndAbove Fri 25-Oct-13 16:19:50

Quite true Jessica, quite true. I feel the game has settled into its stride though, with some really masterful moves over the lunchtime period. I for one am happy to see 77a through.

But in any case, and notwithstanding, Uxbridge

ofcoursethisisanamechange Fri 25-Oct-13 16:25:04

I have to agree with Jessica on the 77a- one player's traditional is another's out of date! So in a stonkingly fresh interpretation of Connelly's maxim- Upminster

MooncupGoddess Fri 25-Oct-13 16:27:44

Dear me, some rather daring moves here.

In attempt to get the situation under control, I'm going to try a neat reverse lateral and go for Oval.

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 16:50:30

Beautifully done, Mooncup. Of course that does allow me to go for Borough.

MooncupGoddess Fri 25-Oct-13 17:00:17

Oh damn it, missus. I thought for a second you had me cornered there, but just in time I remembered the Heidegger Gambit. So:

Totteridge and Whetstone

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 17:04:54

Very good! Had to look up Heidegger as I couldn't remember exactly how it worked but you're quite right.

Anyway I can invoke the 1979 Smith & Smith ruling and take a slide to Wood Green

WinningBread Fri 25-Oct-13 17:09:54

Wood Green is a very crafty move, but I now can go with the obvious - Stanmore.

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 17:13:54

Oh drat I hadn't seen that.

Still, going to make up for it with a sneaky Humphrey move to Manor House.

Ha! Take that!

rocketeer Fri 25-Oct-13 17:14:52

Going out on a limb here, sorry if I offend: Marble Arch.

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 17:19:10

Marble Arch eh? The Cryer-Perkins variation? Haven't seen that used in a while.

Elephant & Castle

WinningBread Fri 25-Oct-13 17:20:24


WinningBread Fri 25-Oct-13 17:41:14

Invoking the strategies of Summerskill and Kennedy, I feel it is now pertinent to mention Charing Cross.

ooerrmissus Fri 25-Oct-13 17:45:27

ah I love Summerskill, really clever moves she came up with. So to follow your lead I shall say Redbridge

trish5000 Fri 25-Oct-13 17:51:04

I fancy East Acton.

KippyVonKipperson Fri 25-Oct-13 18:07:05

East Acton, good one. I'm going to pass and forfeit 3 moves. I'm playing the long game...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 25-Oct-13 18:18:17

::strokes chin::

Arnos Grove

ErrolTheDragon Fri 25-Oct-13 18:21:15

I'm not going to jump into the middle of a game at this time on a Friday night but just dropped in to say how nice to find a streak of rational entertainment extant on MN. Keep up the good work! smile

MooncupGoddess Fri 25-Oct-13 18:25:24

Well, spending 30 minutes out of the game while wedged on the Central Line means that my cunning plan is in ruins.... but on the plus side I've had a chance to think out my strategy from first principles. So I give you:

Roding Valley!

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 18:26:46

Lazy Play indeed! It is the foundation of the game!'

Regardless Arnos Grove leads wonderfully to Slone Square using the little known Minkovsk diagonal...

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 18:28:20

Lazy Play indeed! It is the foundation of the game!'

Regardless Arnos Grove leads wonderfully to Slone Square using the little known Minkovsk diagonal...

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 18:29:02

It was such a great move I played it twice!

MrsWilliamBodie Fri 25-Oct-13 18:44:25

The only response to the Minkovsk diagonal that I know of is the Popov defence so High Barnet it is.

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 18:53:26

Which must be followed by Holland Park

KippyVonKipperson Fri 25-Oct-13 19:09:44

Oooo, I've got a really good one but its not my turn yet :-(

BigWoooooo Fri 25-Oct-13 19:15:02

I'm going to preempt you kippy.

Clocks go back this weekend, therefore the vonstratten clause is void. EPPING!


WinningBread Fri 25-Oct-13 20:59:03

Great tactics, wooooo.

West Hampstead

StayAwayFromTheEdge Fri 25-Oct-13 21:35:08

A very difficult game with some talented players - feeling a little out of my depth - a safe move to Goodge St

Clayhanger Fri 25-Oct-13 21:48:24

<Strokes chin> fascinating. Two very different schools of play here. The traditionalists are converging on the Husserl manoeuvre but that overuses Piccadilly. The radicals amongst us have obviously been boning up on their Whipple Index (1989 revision).

Mile End, I think.

MrsWilliamBodie Fri 25-Oct-13 21:56:33

Some interesting moves.

The Dragonoff variation first used in 1976 (not 1977 as is often thought) makes a move to Parsons Green obvious (I hope).

Ah Clay your forgetting Borgonofffs directive, meaning... Queens park.

Pretty obscure I'll give you, but think you'll find it's valid.

MooncupGoddess Fri 25-Oct-13 22:06:45

This Russian-influenced style of play is a little opaque for me. I'm going to refer back to the Lazenby Rules and essay a lateral to St John's Wood.

Clayhanger Fri 25-Oct-13 22:13:46

Mrswilliambodie, I applaud you, but the 1976 Dragonoff variation was first trialled in the notorious Under 21 tournament in Pinner (even as a child I remember the fisticuffs!) and wasn't formally accepted till the following year.
Juno, I can't warm to Borgonoff. So clinical. But I accept its validity. I have no option but Putney.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 25-Oct-13 22:41:21

Hmm. Some very gifted beginners here <<passive-aggressive head tilt>> but older hands will realise that the only option now is

Russell Square

Curioustiger Fri 25-Oct-13 22:55:32

Then King's cross.

Inertia Fri 25-Oct-13 22:59:40

Well, this game has moved on in the last couple of hours. We appear to have some Grandmasters in our midst.

To counter , I would like to invoke the Lloyd-George Interpretation , taking us to Stanmore.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 25-Oct-13 23:16:14

The Lloyd George Interpretation? Truly a player after my own heart. These classic manoeuvres have seldom been bettered, although there is of course room for innovation. In that spirit, I will essay


JessicaBeatriceFletcher Sat 26-Oct-13 00:16:37

I think there are some newbies here who are just making some things up to try and fit in. But you stand out a mile.

Dollis Hill

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 00:21:18

You are too kind. And clearly, to judge from that bold transverse vault to Dollis Hill, something of an expert.

Highbury and Islington.

JessicaBeatriceFletcher Sat 26-Oct-13 00:55:21

I feel a reverse entry into Krapyrubsnif coming on....

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 01:01:53



I am on my way to bed but, before I go, I will try a tentative


trusting that the Bachman Codicil still applies this late at night.

Inertia Sat 26-Oct-13 06:17:41

It's the last day of BST, so I will make the most of this opportunity to apply the Geller Direct Replacement (Summer Only) gambit - Aldgate East.

sashh Sat 26-Oct-13 08:16:41

Inertia nice one.

But I just have to... East Finchley

OverAndAbove Sat 26-Oct-13 08:33:45

West Hampstead? Are you invoking the Hall-Arnfield Obligation? That's brave!

If so, I'll take Baker Street

OverAndAbove Sat 26-Oct-13 08:34:53

Ooh I skipped a page! I'll therefore go round on a full loop of the Circle Line and join back in later!

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sat 26-Oct-13 09:37:01

Keeping with the Lloyd-George train of thought (even if it is a little amateurish for my taste) - Tooting Bec

sapfu Sat 26-Oct-13 09:40:01

<bangs head on wall at further Dollis Hill disregard>

Right. I know I'll be flamed and you'll all just have to hit the report button. Just remember, replies to this post that reiterate or quote me may also be deleted. I invoke clause iii of amendent B subsection 12 of Martineau's Paradox (1756) and - brace yourselves - I'm making a linear fucking apex bastarding slide to:


<cackles maniacally>

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 10:19:49

Ah, sapfu, I think people are perhaps holding back on Dollis Hill because they remember the furore after the Gloucester Convention, where Dollis Hill was held to be in slump between March and October. I know the Battersea Amendment later changed that in 1985, but people have long memories. Anyway,

Clapham North

Inertia Sat 26-Oct-13 10:27:00

Sapfu you're right, I missed the second Dollis Hill manoeuvre.

A gentle glide to Alperton may calm things down.

MooncupGoddess Sat 26-Oct-13 10:44:13

Gosh sapfu, you're brave. Given that the Overground is still wild, I'm going to open up the play a bit with Homerton.

Inertia Sat 26-Oct-13 10:45:16

Can I just check - is DLR in full play at weekends, or are the Peckforton Restrictions in force?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 10:48:01

Weren't the Peckforton Restrictions superseded by the Hagrid Rule (2012 revision)?

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sat 26-Oct-13 10:58:08

I believe The Hagrid Rule was widely discredited during the Peckforton uprising of early 2013.

Mansion House...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 11:00:52

Ah yes. How could I have forgotten such a recent controversy? From Mansion House, the next step must be


Inertia Sat 26-Oct-13 11:07:58

Don't want to fall foul of either Hagrid or Peckforton so will play it safe with Plaistow.

Curioustiger Sat 26-Oct-13 11:30:13

South Kensington!

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sat 26-Oct-13 11:37:00

Which leads nicely to Tooting Beoadway...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 11:38:40


Seven Sisters

OverAndAbove Sat 26-Oct-13 13:07:29

Well, I'm back now from my little "enforced rest" on the Circle Line, so I'll follow that up with Kings Cross

MrsWilliamBodie Sat 26-Oct-13 14:01:25

Gosh, been out of the game for a short 12 hours and the Tooting Broadway/Seven Sisters/Kings Cross Tri-Monte Initiative has already been played.

so Archway

Curioustiger Sat 26-Oct-13 14:33:47

Archway, mrs William? Really?

I'm afraid you leave me no choice but Highgate.

WinningBread Sat 26-Oct-13 15:40:10

I was waiting for Highgate....

Tottenham Court Road!!!!


sapfu Sat 26-Oct-13 15:41:08

Hampstead Heath.

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sat 26-Oct-13 15:41:51

As we appear to have moved to the much famed Trumpington Variation I give you...


(I'm not sure the late Humph would approve of some of play today - Tudor Court rules have been broken on more than one occasion).

Clayhanger Sat 26-Oct-13 16:02:10

If it wasn't for the bloody Trumpington variation I could have bluffed you with Euston, but you'd all have seen straight through it.
Because I tend towards the Badiou school of play (any others out there? We're a dwindling band), I'm going to opt for simplicity and reverse to Mansion House.

BurberryFucker Sat 26-Oct-13 16:05:17

so ner!

MrsWilliamBodie Sat 26-Oct-13 16:09:46

you all fell into my trap ... Chalk Farm

rocketeer Sat 26-Oct-13 16:21:06

Too early in the day for Embankment?

sashh Sat 26-Oct-13 17:06:01


Quick woman, quick, the board is wide open

sapfu Sat 26-Oct-13 17:57:00

Oxford Circus

(non viable northern line variation move)

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 18:12:42

Ooh, I've been waiting for someone to play Oxford Circus. It sets me up nicely for my favourite gambit

Russell Square

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sat 26-Oct-13 18:26:22

Would Upminster Bridge be considered too remote at a weekend?

Curioustiger Sat 26-Oct-13 18:28:48

Well I think so stayaway but we can't all be purists. Moorgate.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 18:29:35

In that case, Westminster.

sapfu Sat 26-Oct-13 18:56:02

<strokes chin>

Northwick Park

TodgerDodger Sat 26-Oct-13 19:00:19

Northwick Park? The Blenheim method?

May I butt in with Baker Street?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 19:03:50

My DD, who is more au fait with recent revisions and restatements of the rules, has suggested

Sloane Square

sapfu Sat 26-Oct-13 19:07:37

Nope, TD, the Rushton manoeuvre.

But seeing as you brought up Blenheim.....

King George V

Curioustiger Sat 26-Oct-13 19:09:35

Maud, I doff my hat to your dd. It's lovely to see the younger generation embracing the post '98 variations! I'm going for London Bridge.

TodgerDodger Sat 26-Oct-13 19:10:16

Ah, I see.

Kennington, then.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 19:12:24

London Bridge? DD has consulted her Under-18 Consolidated Compendium and reckons it has to be


BigWoooooo Sat 26-Oct-13 19:49:26

Interesting move. I'm more of a traditionalist myself. Therefore I am going to go for Clapham North.

Getting closer. ..

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 19:54:04

Well, I am being assisted by an avowedly modernist player.

Elephant and Castle.

Clayhanger Sat 26-Oct-13 19:54:16

Raising the stakes here with Lancaster Gate. I'm sooooo setting it up for you...

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sat 26-Oct-13 19:55:26

Going out on a limb here with the now closed St Mary's (applying the Cryer amendment of 1937).

Waswondering Sat 26-Oct-13 19:58:22

Can I enter as a late comer with the option of Monument? Just as a quiet addendum. This certainly invokes the 1666 rule. Yes?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 26-Oct-13 20:02:08

Hmm. That demands the Victoria line shuffle to


ooerrmissus Sat 26-Oct-13 21:16:42

Hello back from Nidd after my last shunt

I believe the next move to be Hyde Park Corner- the Pepper protocol having overridden give last move but one.

Curioustiger Sat 26-Oct-13 21:27:11

Circling ever closer! So a quick hop to Knightsbridge seems to be appropriate.

KittyFucker Sat 26-Oct-13 21:39:10

Ha ha ha you left it wide open!! Hatton Cross!!

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sat 26-Oct-13 21:45:54

Belsize Park - so close...

MooncupGoddess Sat 26-Oct-13 22:25:06


Curioustiger Sat 26-Oct-13 22:43:47


MooncupGoddess Sat 26-Oct-13 22:59:46

I suppose I left myself open to that one.

Old St

Mondaybaby Sun 27-Oct-13 02:06:35

It's 2am, or it might be 1am, I have no idea, so it must be time to say Woodside Park.

TodgerDodger Sun 27-Oct-13 06:40:32


Queens park

Curioustiger Sun 27-Oct-13 07:56:53

Not so fast todger. Rayners lane!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 08:22:04

South Kensington

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sun 27-Oct-13 10:43:01

Shepherd's Bush...

OverAndAbove Sun 27-Oct-13 10:45:00

Ah, well then a Third Quadrant Jink, over to Ladbroke Grove

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 11:00:23

Piccadilly Circus


Beastofburden Sun 27-Oct-13 11:08:26

To celebrate the end of British summer time and the return to a proper system, I give you.... Greenwich.

MrsWilliamBodie Sun 27-Oct-13 11:42:55

genius beastofburden


get in

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 11:43:30

Inspired play there!


sapfu Sun 27-Oct-13 12:58:01


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 13:03:16

To which the only possible riposte is

Hanger Lane

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sun 27-Oct-13 13:06:05

I believe the last Sunday in the month allows players to move out of London - (Wooster-Bassett amendment of 1912)

So to honour any Scotish players I suggest - Govan...

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sun 27-Oct-13 13:11:05

Sorry silly error I clearly meant 1932

TodgerDodger Sun 27-Oct-13 13:30:12

Quite, stayaway, I nearly had to correct you myself!


GillyBillyWilly Sun 27-Oct-13 13:40:41

Controversial move here but jumping in to say....... MORDEN.

KittyFucker Sun 27-Oct-13 13:44:19

Aldgate...............wait for it................East.

You weren't expecting that!

KateCroydon Sun 27-Oct-13 13:46:31

Drat. I was going to say Highgate, but now I can't do better than Pimlico. Am getting rusty.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 14:03:17

Inspired by StayAway's daring move to Govan

Paris Saint Lazare

MrsWilliamBodie Sun 27-Oct-13 14:12:34

I will use the Pipkin manoeuvre to Clapham South.

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sun 27-Oct-13 14:17:31

The Pipkin manoeuvre was very much favoured by Winston Churchill - obvious move is Westminster...

BurberryFucker Sun 27-Oct-13 16:54:23

mmm.....under the Panhellenic Accord of 1972 that permits me to move directly to Omonia Square....

StayAwayFromTheEdge Sun 27-Oct-13 17:44:30

That's a very dark move there Burberry - I do hope sabotage isn't at play?

I feel Parsons Green would be appropriate in the circumstances...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 19:03:23

::strokes beard::

Ealing Broadway

Curioustiger Sun 27-Oct-13 21:49:06

Audacious Maud. Audacious and very nearly nidd. I can only respond with Earls Court and hope for the best.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 22:04:21

But it would only have been nidd if we had ignored the Burkinshaw Revision of 1987, surely?

St James's Park

OverAndAbove Sun 27-Oct-13 22:05:11

Yep that was a bit rash, Maud (I like it!). I'll parry with - and I hope you will agree - Gunnersbury

Minimammoth Sun 27-Oct-13 22:11:28

I have no idea how to play this but I am going for the Cumberbatch sub option. Baker Street.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 22:13:58

Ooh, the Cumberbatch sub-option is one of the most exiting of the recent additions to the rules, I think. This time I will play it safe with

St John's Wood

Curioustiger Sun 27-Oct-13 22:17:19

Swiss cottage!

sapfu Sun 27-Oct-13 22:20:31

I take your cottage and raise you a mansion.

Mansion House.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 22:23:57

::sucks teeth::

Tower Hill

Curioustiger Sun 27-Oct-13 22:28:53

Provocative Sapfu. Maud, I see your game. Brixton...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 27-Oct-13 22:38:31

I'm not going to fall into that trap.


Curioustiger Mon 28-Oct-13 14:09:20

After Sunday's excitement, how about a little breather. I'm going to go for Westminster. A pedestrian choice but it does the job.

Minimammoth Mon 28-Oct-13 16:22:29

I'm feeling Christmassy. Angel

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 28-Oct-13 17:12:47

As (somewhat controversially) we seem to be permitting second visits


Minimammoth Tue 29-Oct-13 09:37:44

Ooo is that a rule! < jots it down in a note book> I see we've been to Baker Street 3 times.
Are we there yet?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 29-Oct-13 09:41:23

We must be nearly there, surely?



TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 29-Oct-13 09:51:11

OOOOOOOOOH, only just come across this thread!

Maud, I'm afraid we're not as close as you think (Tower Hill, you see), but I can offer a vertical hapse to Turnpike Lane, which might help.

MooncupGoddess Tue 29-Oct-13 10:04:56

A hapse, eh? Interesting.

Lateral shunt to Chalk Farm for me.

Mondaybaby Tue 29-Oct-13 10:06:08

Has no one won yet?

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 29-Oct-13 10:12:54

Come on, Monday, don't be coy. I know you've got a flash move up your sleeve.

Mondaybaby Tue 29-Oct-13 10:26:17

I know you want me to fall into a trap and say Sloane Square but I'm not going to. I'm going to say St. James's Park! Ha!

MooncupGoddess Tue 29-Oct-13 10:29:12

Actually that gives me a straight run to West Brompton - thanks!

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 29-Oct-13 11:24:26

Monday, I'm not so calculating! grin

West Brompton allows me to play Gospel Oak. How elegant.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 29-Oct-13 13:40:12

::girds loins::

Dalston Kingsland

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 29-Oct-13 13:44:58

Is the overland even allowed?!?

Assuming it is, previous shenanigans preclude me from playing my favourite Dartington Manoeuvre, so I'll have to keep it plain and simple and go Goldhawk Road.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 29-Oct-13 13:48:41

Allowed? We've even had Govan and Paris St Lazare, u tell you! It's been a long game!

JuliaScurr Tue 29-Oct-13 13:49:08

Aha! Headless, not so fast
Langheim's reversal puts us at Stockwell

JollyScaryGiant Tue 29-Oct-13 13:54:11


Closed before 1945 so allowed by the HG Wells protocol smile

MooncupGoddess Tue 29-Oct-13 14:06:26

Shoeburyness...???? I am speechless, but will draw on the 1979 amendments to go for Kensington Olympia.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 29-Oct-13 14:47:15

Maud, just because we've had them doesn't make it OK!
Call me a traditionalist...

Thank heavens for Goddess restoring some sanity. I'll play a leftmost ulterior to Poplar, and Mornington Crescent in two.

Mondaybaby Tue 29-Oct-13 18:26:59

Have you just won Headlesslady?

BurberryFucker Tue 29-Oct-13 18:47:12

no she has not!! I will head her off at the pass by playing Burnt Oak.
That's throw a spanner in the works.....

BurberryFucker Tue 29-Oct-13 18:47:39


OverAndAbove Tue 29-Oct-13 19:08:52

Oh yeah, that's no problem. I'll make a nod onwards the Harvey Hocking convention, and play Kilburn

Curioustiger Tue 29-Oct-13 20:00:32

Well then I have to go for Lambeth North (hollow laughter)

sapfu Tue 29-Oct-13 20:43:58

In which case I'm playing Holloway (Lambeth North laughter)

MrsMeeple Tue 29-Oct-13 20:58:55

Cross referencing Sassh's Boshida convention with the double cross switch back, and applying the Scandinavian principle of simplicity, I play Stockholm Central. With a side lay to the Arlanda Express, so you can all make it to the airport and back to known lands. Watch for dragons....

Curioustiger Tue 29-Oct-13 21:23:00

Sapfu grin

Ah, just to honor him today of all days I'm going to invoke the Cressilda-Hawewel paradigm and go for Mile end.
Blessed are the blue.

PigletJohn Tue 29-Oct-13 21:44:37

So, Hainault via Newbury Park, due to the lack of escalators.

Mondaybaby Tue 29-Oct-13 22:55:33

Ok, occam's razor strongly suggests that the next move, hopefully to set me up for a chance to win, is Hyde Park Corner.

Inertia Tue 29-Oct-13 22:58:48

Blimey charlie, are we still going?

In that case I think I might slip in a little cheeky Wembley Central before bed.

MrsWilliamBodie Wed 30-Oct-13 00:22:03

Barkingside seems obvious, no?

Cailleach Wed 30-Oct-13 00:34:31

Hendon, then. Not Hendon Central, mind... that would be a total rookie error from Barkingside, as any fule kno.

PigletJohn Wed 30-Oct-13 00:40:46

Leafrog to Ealing Broadway (as Aldwych is closed, and bypassing Down Street)

Curioustiger Wed 30-Oct-13 06:40:06


JuliaScurr Wed 30-Oct-13 07:03:52

Have you gone collectively insane?
Aldwych is closed, or did nobody see Piglet's move?

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 30-Oct-13 09:40:42

Mornington Crescent.


MaureensWhites Wed 30-Oct-13 09:47:00

I don't know how to play.
If I boldly went in with Monument would I be making an utter arse of myself?

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 30-Oct-13 10:38:39

Very disingenuous of you, Maureens grin

You know very well that starting with Monument in the Diurnal Period (westerly) is a Very Good Idea Indeed.

But I can still invoke the Wilkins Amendment and make things more interesting by playing Bond Street.

MooncupGoddess Wed 30-Oct-13 11:17:47

Gosh HeadlessLady... have you pipped us all to the post? Are you relying on the Armitage variations? I though they didn't apply in odd-numbered years... does anyone know for sure?

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 30-Oct-13 11:19:03

You can apply them to any year if you take into account Sharpe's Affidavit from 2006, remember?

MooncupGoddess Wed 30-Oct-13 12:06:46

Of course blush I am a bit weak on post-2000 developments, I must admit. Need to play more often to get myself up to speed.

Congratulations!!! grin

MrsMeeple Wed 30-Oct-13 12:48:55

Jolly well played there.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 30-Oct-13 14:55:24

Thank you all. How kind. [modest]

Shall we continue, though? Technically I made the last move (Bond St), so can't go again.


MooncupGoddess Wed 30-Oct-13 15:01:37

Tbh I need a rest... it's been quite a ride with all the dramatic twists and turns. Maybe start a new thread in due course, HeadlessLady?

<retires to chaise longue and places handkerchief soaked in eau de cologne over eyes>

KittyFucker Wed 30-Oct-13 15:06:30

Hats off to Headless!


MrsWilliamBodie Wed 30-Oct-13 15:10:25

Well done Headless

what a corker.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 30-Oct-13 15:12:03

Honestly. Lightweights. grin

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 30-Oct-13 15:12:43

PS OP I really hope I didn't completely hijack. Didn't mean to; I just wanted to join in. Sorry if I took over. [guilt]

MooncupGoddess Wed 30-Oct-13 15:18:20

On the contrary, Headless, we were flagging a bit until you galloped in and revitalised the thread. It has been a pleasure.

<offers hand, languidly>

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 30-Oct-13 16:25:32

<<languid handshake back>>

OverAndAbove Wed 30-Oct-13 18:29:02

Crumbs, what fabulous play! Well handled, Headless

I feel like we've revisited so many variations and protocols, it really has been like exam revision, but more fun. A pleasure indeed! Just looking forward to the European championships now...

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 30-Oct-13 18:36:07

Are you going for the Europeans, Over? [impressed]

OverAndAbove Wed 30-Oct-13 18:40:28

Ah yes, naturally - I do like to keep my hand in with any new methodologies, and watch the grandmasters at play. I may combine the trip with a visit to the SS14 Slipper Sock Festival series, just for the sheer heck of it!

::committed geek::

Inertia Wed 30-Oct-13 18:49:22

Oh well played Headless. Clinical execution of the Armitage Variations there- I must admit that Sharpe's Affidavit had completely slipped my mind. This is why it's so important to stay up-to-date with the rules.

Good game everybody, well done.

(I am still desperate for the opportunity to shout WOAH THERE HORSEY! at somebody in real life).

sapfu Wed 30-Oct-13 20:28:21

<applauds Headless>

Breathtaking in both its elegance and wit. Jolly well played.

PS Inertia - I too was desperate to use the phrase out loud in real life, so I got a horse. You're welcome.

Mondaybaby Wed 30-Oct-13 20:45:19

Well done HeadlessLady! You played a good game and deserve the win.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Thu 31-Oct-13 09:23:45

You're all too too kind [loving it]

Inertia, why do you think I was so late to join the game? I had to do some serious brushing up before I felt able to stick my nose in.

Curioustiger Thu 31-Oct-13 09:37:38

I thought one of the rules of Mornington Crescent was that the winner started the next round?

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Thu 31-Oct-13 10:06:01

I did, tiger, but other players begged off with fatigue. lightweights grin

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 01-Nov-13 13:09:30

I think some of us were somewhat enervated by the length and complexity of the game, but I am sure we would rally if the game were to restart ...

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Fri 01-Nov-13 17:18:34

Well, I offered Bond Street once and I see no obstacles to offering it again...

Curioustiger Fri 01-Nov-13 22:02:22

I'm in. Baker St!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 01-Nov-13 22:33:42


::consults Almanac de Gotha::

Warren Street

PigletJohn Fri 01-Nov-13 22:52:06

Goodge street

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 01-Nov-13 22:59:46

::feeling energised::

Russell Square

DowntonTrout Fri 01-Nov-13 23:05:28

Darn it! I'm in Nidd.

Blocked til the next round.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 01-Nov-13 23:10:44

Already, DowntonTrout? That's jolly rotten luck.

PigletJohn Fri 01-Nov-13 23:13:22

Belsize Park, as the Oval never qualified.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 01-Nov-13 23:20:01

Looks like it's just you and me, PigletJohn, until we can get DowntonTrout out of nidd.

Seven Sisters

DowntonTrout Fri 01-Nov-13 23:24:51

Ok I'm invoking the Huntsinger Convention and I give you


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 01-Nov-13 23:29:37

Very bold and challenging play there. I haven't seen the like since the Turin Convention of 1972.

Sloane Square

PigletJohn Fri 01-Nov-13 23:30:40

Continuing my deep strategy, I rebound to Chancery Lane (the Kingsway end)

Curioustiger Sat 02-Nov-13 08:19:30

Ooh Holborn

OverAndAbove Sat 02-Nov-13 08:22:26

Ooh I didn't realise play had resumed. That's my weekend sorted.

I'll show my hand straight away, and say Marylebone. Thank you very much!

DowntonTrout Sat 02-Nov-13 08:59:40

Obviously the only option after Marylebone is

Belsize Park

Minimammoth Sat 02-Nov-13 09:43:13

It's sounds like Green Eco system is running. So Green Park

PigletJohn Sat 02-Nov-13 10:23:02

Belsize Park has already been played in this round, and the deep loop has not yet completed.

DowntonTrout Sat 02-Nov-13 10:26:54

Ah but it could be a reverse anti cyclone working in a pincer movement with the burgeoning Green Park Eco system. In which case West Ruislip is the only sensible destination.

Curioustiger Sat 02-Nov-13 11:51:44

Finchley Road then. Before anyone jumps in with the 1555 codicil, let me remind you it's a Saturday.

DowntonTrout Sat 02-Nov-13 12:16:18

I would argue that Finchley Road is only a valid move Monday to Friday with it being an Ashes year and all. But maybe the 1555 codicil outweighs that.
I'm going to make a very convoluted move and offer up- Temple.

TanteRose Sat 02-Nov-13 12:30:30

I am in a different time zone (Far East) and we made an amendment to the 1555 codicil, valid for 5 years from 2009, so I am going straight to Euston, thank you.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 02-Nov-13 13:47:39

Hmm. Tricky. I'll essay

Mansion House

TanteRose Sat 02-Nov-13 14:21:46

Really, Maude? I would have suggested anywhere BUT Mansion House, tbh...but it's your call.
Nearly bedtime here, so I will invoke the Somnolence Charter and make my way to Elephant and Castle.

PigletJohn Sat 02-Nov-13 14:23:07

Mansion House would take me to Covent Garden, so I have to double back and say, Bank.

That gets me back to the deep loop.

PigletJohn Sat 02-Nov-13 14:43:59

this is not a move, but a question. Do we have any Suffolk players who can tell me if London Underground Ipswich is still open? I don't want people to think it is a bluff

Inertia Sat 02-Nov-13 16:27:31

Ooh, you've started a new game - excellent. I have been using the intervening time to study the Rutherford Directive (DLR Revisions), leading me to suggest a Klein Shift out of the Deep Loop and over to Canning Town.

Curioustiger Sat 02-Nov-13 22:01:54

Some rather fine play here. Following the deep loop round I'll go for Canary Wharf. Avoiding Ipswich for the time being.

flamingtoaster Sat 02-Nov-13 22:12:19

Bank - avoiding the possibility of a positional extension gambit which would be disasterous.

Ardliath Sat 02-Nov-13 22:27:55

May I remind you about the ammendments agreed after much controversy at the Durham conference of '78 after the introduction of the Tyneside metro with a cheeky ..... West Monkseaton?

OverAndAbove Sat 02-Nov-13 22:48:40

Oh, masterful play Ardliath, how very slick! I'll add Haymarket then

::northerner born and bred::

PigletJohn Sat 02-Nov-13 22:59:47

I strike out to Wanstead, since Redbridge is so shallow and Leytonstone is surface. I still intend to complete the Deep later.

Ardliath Sat 02-Nov-13 23:12:35

A smart move! I had considered Newcastle Airport but have just remembered that Nov 5th is on a Tuesday so will have to go with South Gosforth. Have'nt examined all the options but I think I may have avoided being 'in nip'

PigletJohn Sat 02-Nov-13 23:19:43

Speaking as a long-term purist, i have great difficulty in accepting any stations north of Watford Junction. There are still arguments about the Southend Pier halts since they do not have a continuous link with the other network.

I believe that some of the provincial railways don't even have tunnels, and are little more than trams.

PigletJohn Sat 02-Nov-13 23:20:53

And obviously, are not found on any page of the 1954 A to Z.

Ardliath Sat 02-Nov-13 23:34:49

I refer you to the Utrecht Directives of 1938 - St Michael's Hamlet. we are many. they are few. I say no more.

PigletJohn Sat 02-Nov-13 23:52:55

In 1938 it was well-understood by all right-thinking people (the sort of chaps who played Crescent) that nothing of any consequence existed outside the metropolis and its environs. Only a few picturesque villages in the West, and some waterside industrial places somewhere in the North.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 08:37:08

How useful to be reminded of the Utrecht Directives - such a modernising influence on the game. With those in mind


Curioustiger Sun 03-Nov-13 09:23:28


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 12:00:19

DD is assisting me again and referring me to the under-18s Revision and Compendium. She suggests

St Pancras International

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 03-Nov-13 12:01:16

Late to this renewed game –apologies. Magnificent recovery by Trout upthread there.

From here it's Bow Church, clearly. I shan't say exactly why but do you all remember 1987?

flamingtoaster Sun 03-Nov-13 12:53:12

Nicely done, TheHeadlessLadyofCannock. Assuming the Docklands Light Railway has been declared wild I'm using a parallel transitional turn and suggesting Harrow.

DowntonTrout Sun 03-Nov-13 13:17:10

Why thank you headlesslady it took some thinking about, I can tell you.

flamingtoaster very quick thinking there. You reminded me of the oft misunderstood, and IMO much underused Transitional Traverse.

Bringing me to Edgware Road (district and circle lines, obviously)

Curioustiger Sun 03-Nov-13 13:19:31

Counter intuitively I'm going to Ealing next. Not an obvious move but at least it eliminates the waxing crescent issue.

PigletJohn Sun 03-Nov-13 13:36:51

So Stockwell, then.

flamingtoaster Sun 03-Nov-13 14:01:21

DowntonTrout I do agree about the Transitional Traverse being misunderstood and underused. Of course, since the unfortunate incident at the 1943 World Mornington Crescent Convention only those players most secure in their knowledge would contemplate using it - and only, of course, if they were not near a bowl of cherries, an egg whisk, and a pair of riding boots at the time.

I think at this point a counter inversion might help so Havering.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 03-Nov-13 14:37:12

Happily, a Rimp is allowed after a counter inversion, which lets me play Southwark and laugh in the face of the Edict of Tring, which would normally, obviously, firmly disallow this kind of thing.


Curioustiger Sun 03-Nov-13 16:42:53

Some daring play from headless. I will content myself with Westminster.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 16:47:32

Well, now, if we are disregarding the Edict of Tring - which in any event I thought had, pace the following year's Concordat of Berkhamsted, largely fallen into disuse and disrepute - then my next play will be

Walthamstow Central

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 03-Nov-13 17:16:48

I wouldn't say Tring had fallen into disuse and disrepute! The Concordat just threw up some new questions and dilemmas about it, but of course 2004's Amendment (Bakerloo) cleared things up pretty well.


Elm Park.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 17:23:19

Theydon Bois

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 03-Nov-13 17:31:15

Yes, I thought as much.

South Harrow (using Threapleton's Rule).

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 17:36:08

Ah! Threapleton's Rule. You are very clearly of the Old School, HeadlessLady, and nothing wrong with that.

Dollis Hill.

Curioustiger Sun 03-Nov-13 17:40:18

Switchback to vauxhall!

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 03-Nov-13 17:42:25

How rude.


Vauxhall when the District is wild leads me almost inevitably to Northolt.

DowntonTrout Sun 03-Nov-13 17:42:25

Thankfully, I was close to a bowl of satsumas, wielding a spatula whilst wearing Ugg boots flamingtoaster so I was in the clear.

However, had they been cherries I would have, of course, used the Reverse Transitional Traverse, which I will do now, which brings us to Cockfosters.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 17:48:43

Hmm. Things are getting very lively now.

Using Brooke-Taylor's Variant, I give you

Carpenders Park

Curioustiger Sun 03-Nov-13 17:58:19

Hatton Cross. Don't even think about citing Harris vs Cuttenden, it's nearly 6pm.

Inertia Sun 03-Nov-13 18:11:12

It's a good job Sapfu hasn't yet joined in this game- such flighty post- Dollis Hill manoeuvres are frowned upon in those circles.

What's the position with the Overground post 6pm? Whilst awaiting clarification I will sit tight with Upney.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 18:13:45

The overground is in play. But that is just a personal view, based on my interpretation of Cholmondeley's Revision, read in the light of the Wootton Bassett Codicil and bearing in mind that there is an r in the month.

Curioustiger Sun 03-Nov-13 18:16:54

I concur. South Hampstead.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 18:19:45

So glad you agree.

South Kenton.

Curioustiger Sun 03-Nov-13 18:25:42

Swiss cottage...

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 03-Nov-13 18:29:30

I agree too. I'm not using it though, not when someone's done South Kenton.

Metropolitan is high (I have to assume, from tiger and Inertia's last moves) and so I shan't play All Saints as my instinct suggests. I'll go for a double tack to Hornchurch instead. A bit ungainly, but serviceable.

PigletJohn Sun 03-Nov-13 18:32:48

South Kenton.

been listening to the radio?

flamingtoaster Sun 03-Nov-13 18:57:32

It's wonderful to see such well thought out moves (and thank you for reassuring me that you were totally in the clear, DowntownTrout). ComeIntoTheGardenMaud - personally I prefer the overground not to be in play - and although there is an r in the month I think that the 14th Revision of the Crescent Concordat page 47, paragraph 2.5 does hint (well to be honest it is more than hint) that having an r in the month does not always over-ride other considerations.

Sloane Square (without double shunting) to consolidate our current position.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 18:57:55

been listening to the radio?

Perhaps I was subconsciously influenced by dear Kenton's nuptials on the Archers.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 19:00:22

Oh and do call me Maud, as we are all friends here even when playing the notorious Bradley-Worthington manoeuvre.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 03-Nov-13 19:19:32

I can't disagree, toaster.

I think Dagenham Heathway (see the 1996 Ambleside Treaty) is my best next move.

flamingtoaster Sun 03-Nov-13 19:53:14

Thank you Maud (one doesn't like to presume these things).

Headless - I am glad you concur. I was going to suggest Elephant and Castle, but since it is cloudy here and I can't see exactly what phase the moon is in, I'll play safe with Highgate.

Inertia Sun 03-Nov-13 19:53:46

The Cammell-Laird Interpretation of the Overground Regulations subsection 11 c leads me to throw the board wide open with Barking.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 19:59:06

Turnham Green

::awaits applause::

PigletJohn Sun 03-Nov-13 20:14:57

ha! then i have the synchronicity to straddle to Cockfosters!

flamingtoaster Sun 03-Nov-13 20:15:59


Woodside Park

Inertia Sun 03-Nov-13 20:20:20

PigletJohn 's audacious yet delicate Cockfosters Straddle puts me in Nidd. A move Ninja-like in its execution.

KippyVonKipperson Sun 03-Nov-13 20:20:47

Maud: amazing move there, I'd totally forgotten you could do that.
Hmmm, I'm going to have to go for Green Park <holds breath>

DowntonTrout Sun 03-Nov-13 20:21:51

Fraid not *Pigletjohn" your synchronicity has left you stranded. Cockfisters has already been straddled this round.

Extremewife Sun 03-Nov-13 20:23:05

I am going to Swan over to Canary Wharf

DowntonTrout Sun 03-Nov-13 20:23:48

Cockfisters ?

Oh my, there's a Freudian slip if ever I saw one.

PigletJohn Sun 03-Nov-13 20:25:49

no, that was not a Straddle, but a Reverse Transitional Traverse.

You could hardly straddle all the way from Northolt!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 20:27:02

::Smiles graciously at KippyVonKipperson::

Wow. Some of these moves are positively demonic in their cunning. No Sunday concessions here!

Parsons Green.

DowntonTrout Sun 03-Nov-13 20:27:29

Ouch. There is only one thing for it

I'm going down the Mudchute.

I may be sometime....

Curioustiger Sun 03-Nov-13 21:44:28

I see matters have taken a turn for the worse. In an attempt to reintroduce decorum I feel compelled to suggest Royal Oak.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 03-Nov-13 21:44:38

Cockfisters <<snurk>>

I'm using Middle Semester Rules and ignoring the obvious move in favour of a downshifting prink...

Galleon's Reach.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 21:46:57

Well, then, it has to be

Cutty Sark

DowntonTrout Sun 03-Nov-13 22:32:35

It's Sunday 2nd November at 22.32, that can only mean one thing. Ding dong.


DowntonTrout Sun 03-Nov-13 22:36:23

3rd, it's the 3rd.

I must be somewhere else entirely!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 22:38:45

Aldgate East

PigletJohn Sun 03-Nov-13 22:49:37

With Aldgate East being so shallow, this is the perfect time for me to rebound back to the Deep Loop.

Clapham Common.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 22:51:48

Masterful, PigletJohn.

I'll invoke the South London Nexus


DowntonTrout Sun 03-Nov-13 23:09:08

Sadly, after having to withdraw after my atrocious gaffe in Westminster, I will play it safe with the good old Foxe-whitely Fleckle and say

Marble Arch.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 03-Nov-13 23:18:41

A fleckle? Admirable!

My final move for tonight will be


Alad Sun 03-Nov-13 23:39:02

Let's keep it east. Bromley by Bow. Confuses the hell out of the Kentish town mob. Check mate?

StayAwayFromDeliriumDive Mon 04-Nov-13 06:57:33

Interesting progress since I was last here...


Curioustiger Mon 04-Nov-13 09:03:51

Wimbledon Park (nearly went for Wimbledon there which would have been a huge error!)

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 04-Nov-13 09:29:16

On a Monday morning, the less obvious move would be

Rayners Lane

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 04-Nov-13 09:38:07

Dash it, I suspected someone might throw in Fairlop. Buggers up my idea about Pontoon Dock...

BUT! I'll take us to Debden instead and avoid the possibly tricky Beecham Loop Effect.

Inertia Mon 04-Nov-13 13:29:58

Nicely avoided HeadlessLady, for that gets me out of Nidd.

Grand Lateral Shunt to Rickmansworth.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 04-Nov-13 13:39:14

That's a move and a half, Inertia!

I feel I must try to bring out something equally epic. To make the play that suggests itself I'll have to make a Gallagher Forfeit, which I hope I don't regret if we should find ourselves on the Leavent Side later on, but here goes nothing...

Woolwich Arsenal

Inertia Mon 04-Nov-13 13:54:02

Ooh , bold, HeadlessLady, very bold indeed. Your daring use of the Gallagher Forfeit has left me somewhat breathless.

I'm going to have to adopt the Bridgewater Minimalisation Approach and opt for a quick hop to Greenwich (and perhaps a lie down...)

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 04-Nov-13 15:09:21


That's quite elegant, Inertia.

Where's everyone else?

In the meantime, easy does it to Loughton.

flamingtoaster Mon 04-Nov-13 16:25:23

I'm going to suggest Arnos Grove (it's often overlooked as an option as it lacks glamour but it does have the advantage that it ensures that no player can end up in Nid for at least 20 moves or until a dissected lateral is played on a Friday whichever happens first).

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 04-Nov-13 16:33:05

You make an excellent point and a good move, toaster.

I'm saying West Finchley, for obvious (parlay-based) reasons.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 04-Nov-13 16:38:04

Hmm. I'm struggling to keep up here, but I'll go for now with

Highbury & Islington

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 04-Nov-13 17:00:17

Nonsense, Maud, you're a fighter and an excellent player.

I will skip from there to Ickenham, with the help of the Standard Cut-Off (Werner 2000).

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 04-Nov-13 17:09:01

You are too kind!

Curioustiger Mon 04-Nov-13 18:40:39

Headless for a minute there I thought you meant Twickenham! But of course that would be madness. Next stop: Kew Gardens.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 04-Nov-13 18:53:25

Good God, of course not! <<clutches handbag>>

Kew Gardens, eh? That's obviously only permissible if the old Carpington is observed, but I see from your previous play that you've been ultra-diligent about that.

Blackhorse Road, playing my last remaining Unchuck, and MC in... four, I think.

Curioustiger Mon 04-Nov-13 22:09:06

Oh headless, now there's a challenge. Blackfriars.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 04-Nov-13 22:12:25

A challenge indeed. Have had this one up my sleeve for ages, so now that we've bypassed Strowger's Universal (1934, updated 2011), I'll play

Gospel Oak

Curioustiger Mon 04-Nov-13 22:23:35


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 04-Nov-13 22:25:50

Sorry, Curioustiger, have I done something to offend?

Curioustiger Mon 04-Nov-13 22:31:38

No Maud, it's the sheer audacity of Gospel Oak.... On a Monday!

I'm going to have consider my next move very, very carefully.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 04-Nov-13 22:42:31

Well, as I said, I have been biding my time with that move. If you had played any station east of Blackfriars we would - considering that the HeadlessLady has exhausted all her Unchucks - have been pulled into Strowger's Universal and it could all have been very different.

sapfu Mon 04-Nov-13 23:05:01

I have put my prosthetic leg on backwards and am declaring a westwise perpendicular shunt to:

Chalfont (including Latimer)

Do you see what I did there?

Alad Mon 04-Nov-13 23:43:40

That could cause a reverse boomerang effect. Last seen in 1976. That would mean the only permissible move was via Oxford Circus. A classic. I'm sure you agree?

Well, as it's an odd numbered day of an odd numbered month in an odd numbered year I believe I'm justified to swoop in here with:

Chalk Farm.

Make of that what you will.

OverAndAbove Tue 05-Nov-13 06:50:51

Chalk Farm? Oh my days! How to retort?

Well I'll bring in the Davies-Charlesworth manoeuvre, and slide straight down to Leicester Square I think you'll agree that's warranted, at this stage...


Well then, I believe the safest move from there, if we consider the Davis Amendment of 2002, would be Hainault. I think that's acceptable.

Curioustiger Tue 05-Nov-13 07:36:04

I don't support the Davis Amendment myself as I think dive of its assertions are unwarranted in the modern game. However each to their own. St James Park

Curioustiger Tue 05-Nov-13 07:36:59


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 05-Nov-13 10:48:06

I'm back! I've missed some outstanding play, I must say.

From St James's Park, on a Leeward day (which today is, I checked the almanack), and bearing in mind Minkington, I can only really say...


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 05-Nov-13 11:26:49

And from me

Clapham North

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 05-Nov-13 12:44:40

Just me and you, Maud? Come on, everyone!

In the meantime, Liverpool Street (invoking Hart's Mechanism).

Hart's is my least favourite of all the mechnisms, give that the fourth and fifth sub-sections are totally irrational, when considered with Pykes Paradigm. For that reason, its got to be

Euston (Bank Branch)......

Minimammoth Tue 05-Nov-13 13:14:09

I shall use the wormhole manoeuvre from the Sci Fi edition.
London Bridge

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 05-Nov-13 14:20:33

That's more like it!

Warren Street (assuming nobody currently playing is left-handed or born on a Monday)

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 05-Nov-13 14:52:59

If that London Bridge move hadn't been made I'd be struggling, but it means I can declare Strim and, from there, EASILY play Park Royal. [pleased]

Inertia Tue 05-Nov-13 14:53:58

I've a bit of a soft spot for Hart's Mechanism myself.

However, on this occasion I will make use of the Treadmore- Davitt Treaty (Clause 32 para 2b i) and take a Diagonal Transect to Neasden.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 05-Nov-13 14:59:00

Thank you, Inertia!

Neasden, eh? With the Central high? That's tricky.


It'll have to be Heathrow Terminal Four.

Minimammoth Tue 05-Nov-13 15:25:12

Surely playing Heathrow plays right into the hands of the Sci Fi edition and accesses a parallel universe. Sooo
Seven sisters...a nearby constellation.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 05-Nov-13 15:31:40

I thought you might like that, Mini grin

Seven Sisters with the precedent set by that Oxford Circus move upthread can mean only one thing (well, it could mean a few but obviously Norvald's Exception is in play, negating some options that would otherwise be possible, nay delightful).

Oval, and MC in three.

MiniMonty Tue 05-Nov-13 15:35:15

Can I shunt?
I'll assume I can shunt as it's before cocktail hour but after tiffin so I'll shunt from Oval via Piccadilly - Russell Square.

Well I'm going to play Old Street.

Go on. Make of that what you will.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 05-Nov-13 17:48:04

I see what you're thinking, Dolly!

This is my last move of the day so I'm feeling a little pressured to make it a good one...

Old St makes a lesser return impossible, clearly, but I can still use the Mafeking Ruling (2002) to play a similar if not quite so strong move:

Buckhurst Hill.

<< fans self>>

JuliaScurr Tue 05-Nov-13 18:09:29

stand aside, please <staggers in, sweating>

Buckhurst Hill? But Piccadilly is wild!

<horrified disbelief>

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 05-Nov-13 18:26:29

While you two are deliberating about the Buckhurst Hill move - which seems fine to me, by the way, if you bear in mind the interplay of the Wadham Conjecture of 1947 and Conrad's Principle (as amended) - I shall play

Theydon Bois

Theydon Bois, come?

That's scuppered my plans to move to Grange Hill.


Ok, this may be controversial, but let's have Cockfosters.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 05-Nov-13 19:18:24

Do please call me Maud.

MooncupGoddess Tue 05-Nov-13 19:27:19

Lord, some high stakes play here. I'm going to ease myself in gently by using the Clarence Flip to Star Lane.

Sorry, of course. Maud is a much better name grin.

Ok, Goddess, you leave me little choice. This is (probably) my last move of the day so I'm going to employ the Higgins-Hughes maneuver and leave you with Eastcote.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 05-Nov-13 20:50:26

Hmm. Given the date and the soundtrack of fireworks in the background, I think it has to be

Burnt Oak

Curioustiger Tue 05-Nov-13 22:04:57

And as the fireworks crescendo in the skies above me I declare.....

Mornington Crescent!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 05-Nov-13 22:29:01

Well done, Curioustiger! That was only achievable through a Triple Bohemian Jink, and I don't think I've seen one of those since 1973.

MiniMonty Tue 05-Nov-13 23:55:25

Theydon Bois is just a masterstroke.
I don't think anyone saw that coming !
Conrad's principle reworked if I'm not mistaken to combine the 676 manoeuvre of the infamous Cadogan breakaway. Brilliant.

Cockfosters to follow does allow me though, on the basis of the Smallfoot ruling to invoke an alphabetical increment (as a breached expansion) and play COLINDALE

MiniMonty Wed 06-Nov-13 00:07:24

Ooops - carried away researching arcane rulings there and missed the MC by Curioustiger.

Well played.

A lesson I suppose to less experienced players such as myself to mind the gap.

(I do like to think that Colindale was a good move in the circumstances though).

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 06-Nov-13 00:19:13

Thank you for the kind words, MiniMonty. Onwards and upwards, everybody!

MiniMonty Wed 06-Nov-13 00:32:10

New game anyone ?
Please PM me when it starts...
I've been reading some tactics hand written on a tourist and I think I have the hang of it.

Mini, I'd have countered with colindale, too. I can see what you were doing there.

Well done, Curioustiger. I hadn't seen that coming.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 06-Nov-13 07:41:26

So, shallwe go straight on with a new game? In the words of the old song, life (or at least the game) begins at

Oxford Circus

Oxford Circus? Good opener.

I think I'll bring the double shunt into play here.


DowntonTrout Wed 06-Nov-13 08:44:21

Some brilliant manoeuvres in that last game. curioustiger how did you manage that? Blue sky thinking at its best!

I take your Angel dolly and raise you to

Notting Hill Gate..

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 06-Nov-13 11:01:14

Nicely done, tiger!

I love an Oxford Circus start!

Anyway, let's see.

Assuming that we're all happy to disregard Sindenberg (which I suspect we are, going by the Euston move in that last game), I'm going with Plaistow.

I never liked Sindenberg.

I'm going to use the worcester principle (section 14b, amended 2005) and play


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 06-Nov-13 13:28:23

I'm glad you concur.


After a worcester 2005, bearing in mind we can't (clearly) use any quarter-penches because of the Metropolitan thing, options are limited but interesting.

It's gotta be
Latimer Road.

DowntonTrout Wed 06-Nov-13 13:35:40

May I draw your attention to Scaffenbergs Theorum of 1903?
It can only be used after the autumnal equinox and only then when the moon is in the descendant but can be very handy when you need to get out of a tight spot.

It takes me to Goldhawk Road quite nicely.

MooncupGoddess Wed 06-Nov-13 13:36:09

Interesting. With the moon in Scorpio, I think I can venture a neat steepling across to Shepherds Bush Market.

A nice simple Bertrams Plodge to Green Park...

<setting it up nicely>

flamingtoaster Wed 06-Nov-13 15:13:00

I was going to use Hugo's Stratagem and head off to Barbican, but I think a safer move would be to Bayswater.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 06-Nov-13 17:37:35

Hmm. Would now be a good moment for a Swedish Jink? If so

Russell Square

MiniMonty Wed 06-Nov-13 17:53:54

A swedish Jink - HAHA !
Not a classical response perhaps - but here I go anyway...


Curioustiger Wed 06-Nov-13 18:15:33

Mini monty, it's those kind of flourishes that make a player famous! I can only respond with Aldgate East.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 06-Nov-13 18:39:05

Possibly not a classic move, but I have been combing the 3,218 pages of the Authorised Compendium of All Known Rules of Mornington Crescent, looking for novelties and arcana.

Dollis Hill

::all passion spent::

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 06-Nov-13 18:56:42

Maud, I'd pass you the smelling salts if I hadn't used them all up after that Mile End business. Good heavens.

<<collects self>>

I'll perform a little Kascu Variation, if I may, and take us to Farringdon for a semi-bind.

flamingtoaster Wed 06-Nov-13 19:36:39

Goodness me - brave play there mentioning Dollis Hill - enough to halt all but the most experience players in their tracks . I think a double reverse shunt along the diagonal to Bounds Green is definitely called for at this point.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 06-Nov-13 22:29:18

I thought that, by our third game, I could reasonably deploy the Dollis Hill gambit. I hope I was not in error. Anyway, for now

Hatton Cross

MiniMonty Wed 06-Nov-13 22:37:15

(invoking the Bekermann proxy and ignoring the Brighton handicap)

Hanger Lane

I think the only viable play, bearing in mind that it's less than an hour to midnight and there's an 'r' in the month, is

<<drum roll>>


MooncupGoddess Wed 06-Nov-13 23:27:52

Oh damnation - I thought I'd played a really shit hot move a couple of hours ago, but I was (IRONICALLY) posting from the Underground, and the 3G signal between Barbican and Farringdon must have failed at the crucial moment.

Anyway. It's not as good, but I think the third edition of Mortlake's Vade Mecum allows me an up and over to Dagenham Heathway.

MiniMonty Thu 07-Nov-13 01:12:44

Bearing in mind Notting Hill Gate and Latimer Road have already been played I think Dagenham Heathway is a very good response.

Although, it does bring to mind the old "Turnham Green and Peckham" debacle...

OverAndAbove Thu 07-Nov-13 07:21:29

Westward shunt to Bromley-by-Bow Feel like I'm still playing catch-up...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 07-Nov-13 08:58:37

Ah. Bromley by Bow implies a lateral shunt with Hunter's Bypass Manoeuvre, so

High Street Kensington

HSK - via the Phillips Stanchion - for a triple updike into Waterloo

MooncupGoddess Thu 07-Nov-13 13:22:27

Gosh Albert, I haven't seen the Phillips Stanchion used for years. It was a stalwart of the inter-war game IIRC.

There are no even numbers in today's date - which means I can go straight to Tooting Bec.

MiniMonty Thu 07-Nov-13 14:55:56

Tooting Beck looks like it might be leading to a semi bind and an Eddington could easily occur !


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 07-Nov-13 15:42:02

In which case, I will essay a Benton's Reverse Sweep into

Tottenham Hale.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Thu 07-Nov-13 17:28:34

I call a Multiple Fitch in order to be able to give you...


Yes, you read that right.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 07-Nov-13 21:23:51

Gosh! It's many years since I saw such a bravura move. I humbly offer

Clapham South

MooncupGoddess Thu 07-Nov-13 22:01:24

Oh, you missed a trick there, Maud - if you'd redoubled Headless Lady's Fitch you could have hopped to Baker St and made MC in three.

Still, easy for me to say! I'm going to draw inspiration from the unforgettable 17-hour championship final of 1984 and go for Neasden.

MiniMonty Fri 08-Nov-13 01:38:42

I'll say nothing.
An EDDINGTON has completely occurred.
(don't say I didn't warn you)

Everyone must make one move backwards (in accordance with Sharkle) and take an numeric pip.

To calm things down...

Sloane Square

MiniMonty Fri 08-Nov-13 01:47:06

Having briefly checked I think Neasden may have actually caused an EDDINGTON "at large" (which will of course affect the entire board).

Brilliant - but liable to be quickly burned if the Northern line is in play.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 08-Nov-13 07:50:40

But a redoubled Fitch that late in the evening would have put several players in slump, which I thought would be inappropriate. Anyhow, now that we have the Eddington the options are limited

Waterloo East

MooncupGoddess Fri 08-Nov-13 09:53:49

Dear me blush sorry. But quite exciting to see an Eddington in practice, I never have before.

Would a careful advance to Vauxhall make things better?

a vertical hop from Waterloo East to Hyde Park Corner, and because of the Eddington and the Redoubled Fitch last night, surely we can get MC in four from here....

an MC XPOST!!!

What is the procedure for this.....

<<head explodes>>

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Fri 08-Nov-13 12:55:55

I'm ignoring the x-post and crashing on to Becontree. DLR as trumps, obviously.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 08-Nov-13 18:05:50


Covent Garden.

Minimammoth Fri 08-Nov-13 18:27:34

I shall play my Charlie ticket and go Chalk Farm. Oh so near.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Fri 08-Nov-13 19:13:35

And yet, as any fule no, Chalk Farm with the Jubilee in Angle End (Schott's Convention) doesn't allow the obvious move.

Morden, with some trepidation. I think you all know why.

MiniMonty Sat 09-Nov-13 01:06:26

Oh yes - I think we all know why Headless. Very nice.
Ruthless - but very nice.

With the Eddington in place you could expire in an extra move and MC in one. I say try it - but watch out for Maud (and others) blocking you at Old Street.
(you may end up in Nidd)

I am now neutral (although reserve the right to perform a simple string move at any moment) so will play


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 09-Nov-13 10:55:50

Hmm. With another six hours until the Eddington expires, it has to be

Ealing Broadway

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sat 09-Nov-13 12:36:30

I ALWAYS watch out for Maud grin

Ealing Broadway with the Transept of Minch being what it is in this game leaves me with only a few options, the most appealing one being Charing Cross.

MooncupGoddess Sat 09-Nov-13 13:07:12

Ah - I spot the opportunity for some swift crosswork to Tower Hill.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sat 09-Nov-13 14:36:30

I'm glad you said Tower Hill, Mooncup. I noticed a bit late that I might have left the door open for a Maastricht Elevens, which would have been disastrous.

I'm going to play aces up: West Acton. That means I have to declare my Floptrot, but I can live with that at this stage.

MiniMonty Sun 10-Nov-13 01:02:31

Eddington now expired.
Transcept of Minch invoked.
Floptrot declared into West Acton.
You people hold nothing back !!

But it does all leave me free to go half previewed with no restriction on Frapp, so a single string move:


MiniMonty Sun 10-Nov-13 01:08:14

<< wonders if Call Of Duty 4 would be easier on my nerves >>

MooncupGoddess Sun 10-Nov-13 22:56:21

I hope you've recovered your equilibrium by now, Monty... MC is not a game for the fainthearted, that's for sure.

I've mulled over a few options, but in the end I'm going to go for an arabesque widdowshins to Putney Bridge.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 11-Nov-13 10:42:57

God. In my experience Putney Bridge always causes complications, and this time is no exception.

BUT! I can keep us on track with a Pinter's Turn to West Harrow. Left side wild, obviously.

Verry nice.

I would on this turn, also use up my Floptrot, thus doubling over the blind, connected on the transverse diagonal and a triple salcow into Kennington

(on an aside, a particularly convoluted game of MC involved a trip to Deansgate/Castlefield. Which perplexed all but the most experienced. Needless to say, the player in question found themselves in Nidd - but ended up with the most delightful combination into MC.... halcyon days)

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 11-Nov-13 12:29:22

Hmm. I'll eschew anything more complicated in favour of


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 11-Nov-13 14:08:43

Albert, Nidd in the circumstances you describe can indeed lead to lovely moves.

That sort of thing wouldn't work in this game though <<hard stare>>.

I'm sort of picking up where Maud's left off, tactics-wise, but also incorporating what I've learned from a recent careful reading of Matterson's Culmination, to take us to

Cannock - I understand what you are saying, but I'm in a provocative mood. Therefore, with a cheeky wink to the Belfast Etiquette, I offer you


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 11-Nov-13 17:18:29

Provocative indeed!

Queens Park

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 11-Nov-13 18:09:48

Oh, I don't mind Belfast, Albert. In fact I rather admire that little shuffle to Victoria. You achieved it by utilising Belfast's Schink Section, I think?

Anyway, Queens Park without any Tiresian Corners in play is difficult, but I think...

Yes! I can still use Partridge's and go to Pudding Mill Lane, and MC in, if I'm not mistaken, four...

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Mon 11-Nov-13 20:59:19

You're quite right. We really ought to have a Tiresian Corner in play by now, so

Arnos Grove

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 12-Nov-13 09:27:08

Thank God for that. I've been dying to make this play but couldn't until now...

Preston Road.

so close...

Camden Town....

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 12-Nov-13 10:31:01

Dare I? Maybe not.

Russell Square.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 12-Nov-13 10:38:13

Damn. That's scuppered the Left Fitch I was thinking of pulling out.

I'll say Pontoon Dock instead, via the magic of Da Souza's Theorem (1979).

Maud, you disappoint me...

I'm going Piccadilly Gardens and I dont care who knows it

(for those interested I've used the Belfast Etiquette again, given that today ends in a y and its before noon - the Perkins Proclamation is in force)

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 12-Nov-13 12:54:44

Hmm. In that case I will cite the Prendergast Amendment and call

Mornington Crescent!

oh well done, marvellous play. The Predergast Amendment - after all this time. Truly Maud you are an example to us all. My playing of Piccadilly Gardens...taken in your stride like the true MC Pro you are.

A hearty Well Played...

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 12-Nov-13 13:23:54

Well DONE, Maud! I was still thinking about how to deal with that Russell Square move, but your play was admirably decisive. Fearless, really.


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 12-Nov-13 14:13:24

Thank you. I feel somewhat overwhelmed, as I've never called MC before. Gosh.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 12-Nov-13 14:13:57

Thank you. I feel somewhat overwhelmed, as I've never called MC before. Gosh.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 12-Nov-13 14:14:39

And whoops.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 12-Nov-13 14:25:13

So overwhelmed you can't start a new game? Or are you just thinking of your first move?


MooncupGoddess Tue 12-Nov-13 14:57:35

Good stuff Maud!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 12-Nov-13 15:38:33

I think I started the last game. Would MooncupGoddess like to do the honours now?

MooncupGoddess Tue 12-Nov-13 16:02:32

Gosh Maud... this is a real honour.

I'm going to start with the station where it all began in 1863:


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 12-Nov-13 16:31:25

LOVELY start, Goddess!

May I suggest a Down-Up Response to take us to...


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 12-Nov-13 16:31:28

Excellent move! Redolent of the Cumberland Championship winning move of 1954. As dusk is now falling


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 12-Nov-13 16:39:15

Did we x-post, Maud?

Either way, the Tuesday Frowling allows a quasi-plump through to Aldgate (Metropolitan NOT Circle, obviously, before anyone waves their copy of Tripp at me!)

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 12-Nov-13 16:40:33

So we did - three seconds apart!

MooncupGoddess Tue 12-Nov-13 17:30:43

Tricky. However, all is not lost - my battered copy of the 1909 Imperial Manoeuvres suggests a subterranean slide to Rotherhithe.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 12-Nov-13 18:04:52

Rotherhithe is a cheeky move in a game like this when the early signs are that the Mousetrap Continuum will have to be considered.

For the moment it seems obvious that I must make a Brill to enable me to say Mudchute. I say that with slight reservations as to the above, though, as I'm sure you'll all appreciate.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 12-Nov-13 21:37:39

In which case, I'll attempt a Sub-Lateral Chim to

Theydon Bois

MiniMonty Wed 13-Nov-13 02:51:58

I think an early Grimmal may help here to free up the whole Central line and block the District for eight minutes at least:

Bond Street

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 13-Nov-13 06:46:45

A Grimmal? Well, I assume that all current players are domiciled in the EU and so it's permissible until the 18th of this month. Anyway, I'll risk a Triple Thrip to

Chancery Lane

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 13-Nov-13 10:04:58

It's the 16th, realistically, with lead times being what they are... Still OK, but tight.

Chancery Lane plus a Grimmal allows me to play one of my absolute favourites – a mid-Bartlett to ...

South Harrow

<<lies back>>
<<lights fag>>

I'll complete the Bartlett and offer a reverse semi-bind into Willesden Green...

MooncupGoddess Wed 13-Nov-13 11:02:02

You're very good at the old sharp intake of breath, Headless Lady, especially considering you haven't got a head.

Still, I am undaunted! We need to open up the game a little... so, a counter-play to Haggerston.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 13-Nov-13 11:41:35


Nice and simple: lateral biff to Marble Arch.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 13-Nov-13 11:46:00

Must say it's a pleasure to watch you guys Crescent. My family always play according to Priaprims rules, but it's so refreshing to see a modern game.

MooncupGoddess Wed 13-Nov-13 12:28:50

Welcome, Kate - always nice to see an MNHQer drop in.

Your family must be more civilised than ours; my relationship with my cousins has never recovered from the great Priaprims fiasco of Christmas 2004. The issue as I recall was whether one can legitimately make a diagonal undershift from Monument when Bank is in alt. Suffice it to say that things got nasty very quickly and one of my cousins made a comment about the quality of my Seville marmalade that I will NEVER forget.

Anyway, mustn't dwell. Given that today is 13.11.13 we can glide elegantly to Kentish Town.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 13-Nov-13 12:35:44

The joy of Priaprims, though, is that you can actually integrate them (well, most of them: doesn't work with the Halfwards) into more modern procedures.

If Kentish Town is in play at this point I assume we're observing Krepp? With that in mind I'm going to Sloane Square.

Who's observing Krepp??? On a Wednesday, this close to Christmas!!!

Mad, I tells ya!

Well if we're using Priaprims, I take it no-one will mind a diagonal shit to


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 13-Nov-13 13:11:40

Kentish Town after my biff to Marble Arch, Albert, clearly indicates that we're using Krepp. I'm saying nothing about the timing.

Now, a diagonal shit and shift are two very different things. If you definitely intended to play the former then I can only applaud. The latter, with Osman & Pupp ascendant as they obviously are here, would be more difficult.

Assuming it's a diagonal shit, I'm saying Finchley Road & Frognal.

MooncupGoddess Wed 13-Nov-13 13:12:47

This is what happens with Priaprims. Tone-lowering all over the place. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Of course I meant shit, who'd do a diagonal shift in that situation?...

Mooncup you warned us, but evidently KateSMumsnet is solely to blame here - passing comment but making no move, unless she is in Nidd that is completely inexcusible. Not even by Bristol Rules is that OK.

I'm obviously in Nidd too now.


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 13-Nov-13 13:19:20

Albert, I was pretty sure you meant a shit. We've played together quite a lot by now and I hope I'm not being too presumptuous in saying I think I know a bit about your style.

If I say Stamford Brook your Nidd is resolved, AND it sets up quite a nice quadrant for someone to come in with a cheeky little move later on westbound, if you get my drift...

Cannock Thanks, cake blush sorry for snapping.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 13-Nov-13 13:27:33

No no no, not a problem! This is a high-stakes high-stress game, we all know that.

Ta for the cake though. smile

MiniMonty Thu 14-Nov-13 02:57:33

OH YES - <<steps in to take advantage of those in Nidd >>

Double corks East to block the DLR and plays


((( nice )))

Grockle Thu 14-Nov-13 03:07:17

Oh, Mornington Crescent... I haven't played for ages. I love it!

And I've arrived at a good time...

Marble Arch


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 14-Nov-13 08:27:41

Welcome, Grockle! Intriguing move! Have you been reading Christie's Compendium? She recommends something very similar. Anyway, it leads me to


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Thu 14-Nov-13 12:52:08

Maud, yes, that reminded me of Christie's too.

Hainault from there is a touch wild though, no? I can only really say Chiswick Park and hope for the best.

Chiswick Park from Hainault????

If you hadn't've been so nice to me Cannock words would have needed to have been had. I mean I've heard of taking Christie's to the nth degree, but that move would be one spin shy of a open declaration of Froth.

Needles to say I am now in disregard of Priaprims, and taking my cue from the Tudor Court rules

Euston Square

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Thu 14-Nov-13 13:10:38

FROTH?!!?!! I would NEVER declare Froth on an obvious tri-ply like this one; how very dare you grin

If Froth was on the cards then I wouldn't be able to play Fulham Broadway, now would I?

OH NO - Your concentration on avoiding Froth has led to another Eddington... There have NEVER been an Eddington in play with a Grimmal wild. I literally have no move... other than the upward shunt to Cockfosters

MooncupGoddess Thu 14-Nov-13 14:04:10

Oh God. The situation is spiralling out of control. Stringent measures need to be taken or we'll all end up in Nidd (or WORSE... you know what I'm talking about).

OK. Breathe deeply. My 1941 copy of Mornington Crescent: Unusual and Difficult Situations (wartime economy edition) suggests that a traverse to Edgware offers a potential way out of this perilous position.

MiniMonty Thu 14-Nov-13 15:23:22

Stay calm - the Eddington is only local and not "at large" and will expire at 16:51. Until then (as per Frapp and Frapp) the whole board East of Cockfosters must be viewed horizontally.

Rayners Lane

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Thu 14-Nov-13 16:52:38

Monty is quite right, and has a good calm head on her shoulders to boot.

Nothing could be easier now. I'm playing Snaresbrook without a care in the world.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 14-Nov-13 17:04:22

Now that the Eddington has expired, I will declare the overground to be in play (subject to Harvey and Worth, 1964) and call

East Croydon

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Thu 14-Nov-13 17:25:25

That's fair enough.

Counter-falq with an added (sub-level) bind to Cannon St.

Sorry, not the most elegant move but I'm nervous about the possible Rattlingsbury. I'm sure you understand.

Minimammoth Thu 14-Nov-13 18:32:35

Got stuck in a loop in the last game. So a breathless Hyde Park Corner, no speciality just organic pure and simple. Austerity rules.

MooncupGoddess Thu 14-Nov-13 18:35:38

Oh, I do love a good counter-falq.

I'll venture a swift tierce to Acton Town.

Minimammoth Thu 14-Nov-13 18:49:01

Oh no I haven't inadvertently created a Rattingsbury, have I?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 14-Nov-13 18:51:38

Right. Under the restrictions engendered by the Rattingsbury, my only option now is


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 14-Nov-13 18:53:52

Don't feel bad about it, minimammoth. Rattlingsburies are a hazard of play at this level.

Actually, because of Austerity Rules, the Rattingsbury allows a ful spinwards bind into balham, halving the Rattingsbury and removing potential for a half Eddingtonwink

wine all round

Minimammoth Thu 14-Nov-13 19:33:21

I think it's time for a Humphrey intervention. Ladbroke Grove.

MiniMonty Fri 15-Nov-13 02:27:04

Can't believe you all ignored Maud declaring that the overground was in play... (can't you see what she's up to)?
It allows her a loop double to Uxminster without pulling.

I refute the overground with an internally reduced insert pushing an alphabetical double flint from Hounslow to Hoxton

MiniMonty Fri 15-Nov-13 02:33:17

(But I'll need an ally for this) - someone PLEASE play a reverse into Holland Park !!!

would love to help Monty bur that move is blocked for me because the Grimmal is wild until the 18th.

I have a few options but a hubwards shunt to baker street seems appropriate

Hermyninny Fri 15-Nov-13 07:46:57

Room for another?

A hubwards shunt? Good lord.

Might I follow with a Stortford gambit and proffer Debden?

MooncupGoddess Fri 15-Nov-13 13:34:30

Debden, eh? Interesting.

I'm going to be strategic and say Wood Green.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Fri 15-Nov-13 16:35:32

God, Wood Green? Really?

I was hoping to be able to use up my farthingplay, but I'm going to have to say Croxley instead. Triple-dinked, yes, but at least it means we don't have to stamp.

MooncupGoddess Fri 15-Nov-13 16:45:24

I don't think you quite grasp what I'm getting at, Headless Lady.

Perhaps it will make things clearer if I say Royal Oak?

JuliaScurr Fri 15-Nov-13 16:55:37

what reckless fool introduced a spinwards bind?
are you mad? Holborn is wild!

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Fri 15-Nov-13 17:05:38

No, I do, Goddess, it's just that when you go down the Marmington route like that some lunatic brave soul always, but ALWAYS, takes it as an opportunity to go scarriting. You mark my words. <<she says darkly>>

In the meantime, I'm going to bring in a cautious deep-bound Mapp to take us to Turnpike Lane.

MooncupGoddess Fri 15-Nov-13 18:25:31

I've always enjoyed a little scarriting... one must live life to the full, no?

Still, for your sake, Headless Lady - and noting that we have a full moon tonight - I will confine myself to a decorous glide to Ealing Common.

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sat 16-Nov-13 10:55:17


I'll respond with a demi-morb to Southfields, and MC in five.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Nov-13 18:13:34

So that's the way it's going, eh? I've missed some play because of an unreliable internet connection, so will rejoin the game with


MooncupGoddess Sat 16-Nov-13 21:36:57

Interesting, Maud. Very interesting.

A swift Thripp to Chalfont and Latimer is the only rational response.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Nov-13 21:56:21

Very bold play there, MooncupGoddess. I favour a transverse Double Mortimer to

White City

MiniMonty Sun 17-Nov-13 04:09:26

A transverse Double Mortimer... (those were the days).
Not seen since the Chalk Farm debacle (and we all know how that ended).

In view of this I'll strike a four way split (including Turnham Green) to increase Frapp and obviate any chance of Uldridge being invoked before the new moon - so (and I don't want any shouting...)


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 17-Nov-13 13:23:45

Gosh, it's getting a bit baroque isn't it?

I'm going to take things back to basics.

Semi-grapevine to Chigwell.

As its Sunday and we are playing with a straight bat, with no unusual bars or bonuses, I will take this opportunity to make a lateral to Covent Garden grin

bustraintram Sun 17-Nov-13 16:01:01

Given the weather, and the time of day, let us take refuge at Kings Cross St Pancras

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sun 17-Nov-13 18:42:10

And then straight on to

Golders Green

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Sun 17-Nov-13 18:52:50

I LOVE a Golders Green reversal!

I can now say Watford Junction, and put to rest any possible worries about starting a Tremarket.

KippyVonKipperson Mon 18-Nov-13 09:30:39


Phew, I've been waiting to play that one for ages...

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Mon 18-Nov-13 12:00:28

Begging everyone's indulgence for a bit of hoggeteering, I'm going to Hounslow West.

MooncupGoddess Mon 18-Nov-13 21:37:28

I feel like we're moving in on the target. So:


MiniMonty Tue 19-Nov-13 00:36:44

Upney is definitely a move to target and I see a way for MC in six.

Putting aside the "Cyprus" moment I'll use an ODD numbered code and with a boiler ticket (which I feel I can play at this late stage) it has to be:


TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 19-Nov-13 10:06:45

Oh, that's very helpful, Monty. Lovely move in fact.

I'm saying Deptford Bridge. I know you normally couldn't after a boiler, but there've been no Tarsinghams this game.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 19-Nov-13 10:57:20

Hmm. All in all, I think

Tottenham Court Road

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Tue 19-Nov-13 12:19:39

If I say Stepney Green, I hope no one jumps down my throat claiming Turgoose. It's fine as long as the Bakerloo is high.

OverAndAbove Tue 19-Nov-13 12:33:53

Ah! I had no idea we were playing still (again?) May I step back into the game at this late stage?

if so, I would like to call upon Updike-O'Donoghue and sneak over to High Street Ken I believe that's a first for this round?

MooncupGoddess Tue 19-Nov-13 15:19:29

Nice move, OaA. I think I'll steeple across to Goldhawk Road.

MiniMonty Wed 20-Nov-13 01:12:24

I did say "in six" and it looks like it !

Mornington Cresent

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 20-Nov-13 09:13:02

Well DONE, Mini! I love how you managed that Goldhawk Road play; would have tripped up a lesser player but you in fact turned it to your advantage.

A masterclass in short-play there team.

Well played all round (even though the Bakerloo was nowhere near high - must have used the Mumsnet Variation to get to MC - a first I believe)

OverAndAbove - as the OP, care to start again?

MooncupGoddess Wed 20-Nov-13 10:40:07

Congrats, Mini! Nicely done indeed.

OverAndAbove Wed 20-Nov-13 12:23:25

Yay, yes I would! Great to see all the dedicated players have turned out in force. Some really focused definitive moves there.

Think I'll go down the trad route this time. So, as a start, I give you Hyde Park Corner

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 20-Nov-13 12:29:17


Earls Court

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 20-Nov-13 12:37:06

Ooh, new game! <<claps>>

I don't want to put a cat among the pigeons this early, so although I'm bursting to elevate a Bing, I'll go nice and simple:


MooncupGoddess Wed 20-Nov-13 14:04:13

Canary Wharf.

Roding Valley - and thats a three-line Trudge

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 20-Nov-13 14:54:33

I'm going to use Heinemann's Exception to avoid hounds' corners and go to Canada Water.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 20-Nov-13 15:01:45

Oxford Circus

Juliaparker25 Wed 20-Nov-13 15:12:10

Ravenscourt Park ..................Ignoring the one way ..........

TheHeadlessLadyofCannock Wed 20-Nov-13 15:19:14

I think I can make a circular Rifkin here and play Barbican, if I'm reading de Souza right. Do correct me if I'm wrong.

AlbertJadoono Wed 20-Nov-13 16:12:15

exceptional use of de Souza S5(A)(vii) for the Rifkin Cannock, I expect nothing less from you.

I'm going to play my tardis and go for - Aldwych