A home station
which has been surrounded by several suspect packages
is said to be in spong
. If the packages are successfully detonated, the station is likely to become blocked
. In practice it is not usually necessary to use actual explosive devices for this purpose; a bag of smelly socks or a past-its-best sample of fish will often do equally well. The latter represents an innovative modern use for the cod piece
, if one is in play.
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