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Ah yes - that's true in the BBC 4 version of the rules, introduced in 1968. I think most countries use that now. In Australia we play according to the original rule set, hence the misunderstanding.

Presumably you modify the rules to allow lateral shunts though, as per the the 1963 Davison Reformed Numberwang Rule Set (Version 3)?

Has it turned into Calvinball yet?



My ball, you didn't sing the 'Q' song.

BBC 4 was never associated with Numberwang, it was actually BBC 7.1

The pilot debuted on BBC α

Mornington Crescent!

Do HN users outside of the UK get the surreality and humour of this entire conversation?


You can tell it's currently morning in the UK and night-time in the USA.

No. It's a well-known fact that surreality and humour are geographically isolated to the British Isles. Though the French did get a sort of surrealesque surrealism through cultural cross-contamination at one point, though it's clearly inferior to the real article despite their vigorous claims to the contrary.

L'œil existe à l'état sauvage.

I'm about a mile away from Mornington Crescent station, and I still have no idea what's going on.

Well, I was dying to find out what numberwang and then I realised it's a joke.

There is actually a somewhat similar game on National Public Radio. I forget what it's called though...

It comes on right after "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me". It's called "4".

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