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Dealing With Bugs Using Impossible Tests.

“Muggins! 2 for 15. My points!” My son shouts in my face.

I frown and re-examine my cards, sure enough, I’ve missed a card combination.

I scramble for a response… “Err... ACC Rule 10 sub-section 1 part (b) states I have to be informed prior to the game that the rule is in operation!”

He’s not impressed, But sounding confident is my only hope here. I think the inclusion of the rule details has made him think twice about arguing. (It's the only rule I know off by heart, and it's a lifesaver. I might even get it tattooed on my arm.)

For the uninitiated, we were playing Cribbage. An old English card game, now popular around the world. Cribbage has an interesting system of scoring, that you progressively learn the more you play.

The Muggins rule my son referred to is an optional rule whereby if you underscore your hand the opponent can claim those points. As such it's become a small obsession of mine to learn all the scoring rules and never have to get that muggins rule tatto…