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Round robin

In the eighteenth century, “round robin” was a British Navy sailors’ term for:

A) A petition
B) A second-year midshipman
C) Circumnavigation of the world
D) Manning the capstan

Your answer — D) Manning the capstan — was incorrect.

Given that punishments for insubordination were often severe, sailors who wished to lodge a complaint felt safer doing so in a group. No one wished to stand out as the ringleader, so signatures on petitions were written in a circle, with the names radiating from the center like the spokes of a wheel. This made it impossible to tell which petitioner had been the first to sign. Nowadays, “round robin” refers to any event where each person or player has a turn. In a round-robin tournament, each competitor is pitted against every other in turn.

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