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Re: CHAT: Postpositions

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Saturday, April 6, 2002, 16:01
Lars Henrik Mathiesen writes:
 > > Date:         Fri, 5 Apr 2002 22:50:58 -0500
 > > From: John Cowan <jcowan@...>
 > >
 > > Matthew Kehrt scripsit:
 > >
 > > > And it's Mornington Crescent, not Finchley Central.  Silly.
 > >
 > > At least two independent sources have called it "Finchley Central":
 > > the book of non-games cited by Hofstadter, and Colin Fine of the
 > > Lojban list, from personal experience.  Which is not to say that there
 > > can't be variants: I myself have played it under the title of "Grand
 > > Central", referring to the NYC subway station of that name.
 > Well, the game is something of a cult under the name Mornington
 > Crescent, with real time game servers on the internet and all. In this
 > form it seems to have been invented in 1971 on the still running radio
 > show "I'm sorry, I haven't a clue." See <URL:>
 > for some background.

Wellll...  It's my impression that Mornington Crescent, as played on
"I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue" is not so much a game as an elaborate
joke.  They name Underground stations until someone says "Mornington
Crescent", while making references to complicated rules and variations
which do not, in fact, exist.