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Mornington Crescent

Old 21st Oct 2009, 00:19
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I know, I know, this is the second time I'm playing this move, but the last time it was from inside the tube station! I'm just tickled pink each time I see the name!
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Old 21st Oct 2009, 00:21
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Champagne play, gentlemen, champagne play!

Nonetheless, we are each of us, in a way, at war...

May I reopen (in the style of Sir Clowdesley Shovell, for those with a long memory) with

Chalk Farm


On the assumption of course that there will be no protest to Bombay Duck's triumph on the basis of 'externality' and that the ectoplasm to the left of the photograph will not affect proceedings...

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Old 21st Oct 2009, 03:34
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Alas, dear colleagues...

While one rejoices in a pictorial manoeuvre, caution was heralded even so recently by one's learned adversary :

I was a trite concerned that you might be about to do: The retraction as perfected by*
Will E Turner-About. WETA did the self same opening move of the 1937 Carshalton Allcomers challenge, and steadfastly refused to leave Acton Town.

And indeed one felt RJM shared this unease.

MC after Goodge Street was frowned upon at Esher ('43), and effectively outlawed following the egregious goings-on in Slingsby v Faraday (Carlisle, '06. Semi-Finals, q.v.)

Ratification was confirmed at the '09 Rules Committee (afternoon plenary session), where it was refined thus:

".... no claim of Mornington Crescent may be made in any run of play where a *Kreinshóur follows either a Slingsby OR a Faraday within ten moves ..." There were other disqualifiers (q.v.), but none comes into play here

One felt RJM's move a valid continuation of previous play, therefore,

Insomniac shuffle to

Custom House

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Old 21st Oct 2009, 05:44
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Thank you 1sloth. As a tyro, I was loathe to say much, but since you've broken the ice I can say as a recent student of the best texts that 'unease' is a gentle term for the misgivings I felt, salutory though the recent rally had been.

As you make clear, 1sloth, there is no shortage of contra-indicators in both rule and convention to Bombay Duck's somewhat strained play. In fact, the more one considers it, the harder it becomes to decide whether the Duck's move was inspired but flawed, or merely cheeky and opportunistic. Perhaps the matter is best left to rest. We are sportsmen, after all.

That said, a fair (and with respect, only superficially obvious) response to your Custom House is

Cutty Sark

All hands on deck, eh?
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Old 21st Oct 2009, 14:51
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Ah, continuity.

That sequence, very well thought through.

It must lead to.................

Trafalgar Square.
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Old 21st Oct 2009, 23:28
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Trafalgar Square
?

One ventures that one's fellow traveller might have intended Charing Cross, or if feeling fit, Embankment?

The sentiment is noted, and however tenuous the thread, may one suggest:

Waterloo?

One was moved by M'Lud's most apposite reference to Will E Turner-About and the serendipitous juxtaposition of his initials, the acronym of which yields the eponymous antipodean native of similar dogged tenacity: The Weta

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Old 21st Oct 2009, 23:34
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Tremendous Fellows, simply tremendous. I myself was going to object to BD's MC simply for the fact the photo looks photoshopped. There appears to be sunshine for Elvis's sake!!

Whilst on the subject of the King, hapless and hopeless he was as an MC player but he did inspire the Blue Suede Shoe shimmy to:

Mansion House.
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Old 22nd Oct 2009, 00:04
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the King, hapless and hopeless
Quite, and though many a droll gambit stood waving for attention, here's a subtle but diverting rejoinder, appealing to those who appreciate the need for full strile while maintaining arresting centripetal momentum:

King’s Cross St. Pancras
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Old 22nd Oct 2009, 01:26
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Invigorating stuff!

The thrust, the parry - yet none of it ill-informed or reckless - and the occasional quiet display of mastery by a player of real standing.

The move to Trafalgar Square had me on the edge of my seat.

Were we to be privileged a répétition of the fabled triple of Loch Lomond '94 ('Great Plays Of Our Time' in Stovold's 'Mornington Crescent - Why Indeed?')?

For those who have not read that far: Trafalgar Square > Woolwich Arsenal (?) > Cannon Street (!) > Burnt Oak (!!!) followed by the predictable, but no less conclusive, Waterloo. Would that we had been there, gentlemen.

Of course, sloth's no-nonsense dash is not without an énergie of its own.

Humbled, my offering:

Golders Green

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Old 22nd Oct 2009, 11:02
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yet none of it ill-informed or reckless
On the contrary. This sequence was attempted during the infamous Plovdiv Primary of 1734, with disastrous consequences (including two fatalities). To reduce the risk level, an Umlaut Lateral Escape to Upney
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Old 22nd Oct 2009, 15:14
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Upney, Eh?

Hmmm:

Gants Hill, I think . . .
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Old 22nd Oct 2009, 17:45
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Can't stand these modernisers. For many, many years, Trafalgar Sq. was a tube station. Indeed, the platforms still exist.
Then some bureaucrat decided to lose such a wonderful name. Shame!!!!

I'll try a move that was included in Lord Mauningstone's ramblings, but which has never been quite mainstream.............and which was, of course, tested hard, if not ruled out in the Loch Lomand Accord (1920).

Baron's Court.
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Old 22nd Oct 2009, 21:51
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never been quite mainstream
The British understatement! And as you say, rather put to one side at the Loch in '20.

Still, it is a play...so


Maida Vale
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Old 22nd Oct 2009, 22:50
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A Bakerloo line move on next to the last Thursday of an October?

When was that moratorium lifted? Best get to the BBC to check, while there is still space available.

Onward to:

Latimer Road
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 00:50
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Latimer Road?

Moratorium
. . . lifted, as you quite rightly point out, but with neither heraldry nor fanfare, such is the ebb of formality these days . . .

Still, while one's colleague battles to the Beeb for enlightenment, one entrusts a minuscule challenge - MC in three - but only if the right conditions* are met:
  • Next move critical (≤1% odds)
  • No Parallels or Transverse loops
  • Thames crossings disqualify
  • Stenigots permitted only at stations with lifts**




Kilburn Park

* not for the faint-hearted!

** injudicious use may place ACW599 in Knid
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 01:05
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In this company, one does not doubt that one is dining at the Big Table! A challenge (of a kind) issued, talk of Knid...

Ask for no quarter and expect none, I suppose.

So, with an eye on the compass:

Tufnell Park
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 01:27
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So, with an eye on the compass:
Alas. Elevation damn' close; Knid deftly averted thus far! Azimuth - perhaps had one allowed for Rv precession on the Bakerloo - many a slip there between the wars . . .

So not in three, then, but (as luck would have it) a glimmer within four (certainly not five, Lv being less than optimum).

Ickenham
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 05:14
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Gentlemen, I assure you that the consideration of this move kept me from my bed most of the night.

I think it was Rudyard who said:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss...


And that from a man not unknown to frighten the horses himself (The Wood Lane Controversy of '88).

Tufnell Park
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Old 23rd Oct 2009, 06:15
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Four things got me from my bed

    Volf Shoostershéim - Pamaroo Pals 1949, broke out with a Nooreesterly detour.

    Cockfosters
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    Old 23rd Oct 2009, 07:20
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    M'Lud offers guidance and vision!

    An Incipient Tufnell Park Loop was always going to require a firm hand and no small measure of valour to trounce.

    Indeed, one toiled to produce a fitting continuation, and aspires to match the quality of the ultimate couplet:

    Mile End
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