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Bed and Breakfast (Darts)?

Posted by Shae on February 03, 2004

In Reply to: Bed and Breakfast (Darts)? posted by Henry on February 03, 2004

: : I hear this all the time in the pub. When a dart player is aiming at 20 and slops a 5 and a 1 for 26 points: "bed and breakfast". Where did this come from?

: Bed And Breakfast or Half-a-Crown or Murphy: A British term for the score of 26 in an 01 game, from hitting a 20 and one each of the adjacent numbers, 1 and 5. So called because breakfast used to cost 26 pence.
: BREAKFAST: A score of single-5, single-20, single-1 in a game of x01. This was based on the typical price of a bed-and-breakfast, 26 pence.
: Not a very convincing explanation! 26p is not very much; not even enough for breakfast on its own. Decimal currency was introduced in 1971. In old pence, it would be worth two shillings and two pence, 2/2, but would not be called 26 pence.
: Search on Google for Dart Glossary for lots more terms.

Could it be derived from the half crown? Two shillings and six pence, usually abbreviated to '2 and 6.'