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DonD BS: Great British Pubs (62* d) RE: BS: Great British Pubs 07 May 02

On a motoring trip through the West (Devon and Cornwall) back in the 50's as a newlywed, my wife and I were urged not to miss stopping at The Ship in Porlock and/or The Bell in Hurley, but we never found either one of them. Trying to rendezvous with a couple we'd met on the boat coming over to Plymouth, we asked a gent in -- I've drawn a blank on the name of the town -- where a tourist would be likely to be having lunch. Without hesitation he said, "Otsencrusses!" or so we heard it. After several repetitions with as little communication and a growing sense of irritation on his part at our stupidity, we feigned comprehension, thanked him profusely, and drove a little further to see the pub with the sign of what we would call a Tic-Tac-Toe game. Aha! The Aughts and Crosses! No, our friends weeren't there, and I have no recollection of the food or drink.

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