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What are Herringbones?

If you look at the Tulips below, you can see an instant likeness to the junctions they each represent. That makes it easy for the Navigator to work out which junction is which, and so therefore he can fairly easily work out the correct route.
The unfortunate thing is, the organisers may want to make it a little more competitive by making the plotting of the route a bit more difficult, and holding the crew up while the poor old Navigator works out just where to go.


So the next obvious step is to make the junction more diagrammatic by showing your route as straight ahead, even when it isn't, by indicating which roads you should 'miss' - ie on the first Tulip you have to 'miss' a left turn, on the second you have to 'miss' two right turns. In some cases, even though you might have to take a left turn (as in Tulip 4) it will be shown as 'missing' a right turn.

Tulips Arrows

The next step is to remove the dots and arrows, so you have to work out exactly where you start and finish.

Tulips Plain


Then, to make it even harder, the Tulips are turned through 90 degrees so that they can eventually be strung together in a line.....

Tulips 90

.....like this, so you read the junctions from left to right....

Herringbone Simple

...and finally all the spaces are evened out so that you simply treat each individual junction as a 'missed' turn.

Herringbone Plain

The term 'Herringbone' comes from its likeness to the traditional bone structure found in Herrings.
OK, it's a very literal translation. :-)


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