Next Meeting, 20th July 2021 – Online!

Although restrictions are lifting, it is with a heavy heart that we’ve decided this week is too soon to return to the Horse and Jockey.  Therefore, our next meeting will be on Tuesday 20th July 2021; we will gather from around 7.30pm, and start playing at 8pm.

This week, the “Feature Game” will be the Skills Mini Expansion for Cartographers.  We have really enjoyed playing Cartographers several times and, with the Spiel des Jahres winners announced this week, this is the nearest we can get to playing a game to mark the occasion (it received a nomination for the Kennerspiel award last year).  The Skills expansion gives players a way to spend the coins they earn, enabling them to find other ways of achieving their goals.

Cartographers: Skills Mini Expansion
– Image by BGG contributor kalchio

And talking of skills…

Jeff was applying to be a policeman.  To test their skills in recognizing a suspect, the interviewer showed Jeff and another candidate a picture for five seconds and then hid it.

“This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?” he asked.

The first candidate answered, “That’s easy, we’ll catch him quickly because he only has one eye.”

The Interviewer said, “Well… That’s because the picture I showed you is his profile.”  He turned to the second candidate, “How would you recognize him?”

The second candidate smiled and said, “He’d be easy to catch because he only has one ear!”

The interviewer responded, “What’s the matter with you two?!?!  Of course only one eye and one ear are showing because it’s a picture of his side profile.  Is that the best answer you can come up with?”

Becoming frustrated at this point, he turned to Jeff, the third candidate, and asked, “How would you recognize him?”  The interviewer added quickly, “Think hard before giving me a stupid answer.”

Jeff thought for a moment, and then slowly said, “The suspect wears contact lenses.”

The interviewer was somewhat taken aback, because he really didn’t know himself whether the suspect wore contacts or not.  “That’s an interesting answer,” he said.  “Wait here for a few minutes while I check his file and I’ll get back to you on that.”

He left the room, went to his office, checked the suspect’s file on his computer and came back with a beaming smile on his face.  “Wow—it’s TRUE! The suspect does, indeed, wear contact lenses. Excellent work! How were you able to make such an astute observation?”

“That’s easy,” Jeff replied. “He can’t wear normal glasses because he only has one eye and one ear.”