Everyone is taking their roles terribly seriously this year, apparently. Here we have a new column by Martha Buckley, Mornington Crescent rep:
Welcome to Miruvor’s weekly Morning Crescent digest, the Mornington Spotlight. Join me as we celebrate and explore some of the history and tactics of this great game of skill, intelligence, and random events. Each week I shall explore a particular move or station, illustrate a practical example of its use, and set a teasing conundrum for the improvement of our society players.
This week – the notorious parallel shift. Developed in the early twentieth century by a Mr. Ponsonby-Smythe, this is a useful all purpose move for many levels of player. Operable on the second Tuesday of every lunar month, it is most effective when used under the terms of the Highgate rule (naturally). It is a particularly devastating combination when paired with Oxford Circus, and can provide an intriguing volte face at the end of play. Exceptions – players will know that this is not to be used after Piccadilly, or before Regent’s Park. It is considered bad form to use the parallel shift with category 3 stations, where the lateral slide can be applied instead.
Player 1: SB
Player 2: ChC
1: Hm Contested under 1.iii – upheld. RgP
1: Parallel Shift to NtHl
2: Rotunda obscura to WooPk
1: Mornington Crescent
This week’s challenge: Mile End to Aldgate East in less than 5 stops, incorporating a parallel shift.
M.B. – Your Mornington Crescent Rep.