Climbs 186
Rocktype Sandstone (hard)
Altitude 734m a.s.l

The most improbable VS ever. © Jonny2vests

Crag features

Table Mountain is probably the first thing you notice as you drive or fly into Cape Town. It is "mesa" that stands ominously above the city. It offers excellent trad climbing with incredible views to go with it. Table Mountain is a National Monument, hence no bolting is allowed. Also, it is almost always possible to protect whatever you might be climbing with removable "trad gear" although there are some fixed pieces in situ. (a 32/8b climb was put up in July 2003). There are several abseil (rappel) points at strategic places; some with bolts and chains to assist with descents. Should you wish to take the cable car to the top, be sure to get there about a half hour prior to opening time to avoid the long queues in tourist season and on the weekends and public holidays in good weather.

Table Mountain has three main climbing areas that are accessible from the lower cable station. The first two areas can be seen from the lower station and are the two obvious buttresses that are visible up and to the left. The main climbing area that is home to the quality routes is situated on the final 100m or so of rock cliffs that support the upper cable way station on the north-east side (Africa Ledge) overlooking the city and also the west side (Fountain Ledge) that graces one with the most spectacular views of the Atlantic seaboard and sunsets that get sucked into the ocean.

Good topo here:

http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/Table_Mountain

Approach notes

From the city centre drive up Kloof Street (you will start to see signs indicating the way. The road turns into Kloof Nek higher up) when you get to the top of Kloof Nek Road, turn left up Tafelberg road and carry on up. When you see other cars park as close as you can to the cableway station. Walk up the mountain from right of Cable Way Station up the India Venster route but familiarize yourself with the nature of the difficulty by contacting the Mountain Club of South Africa or www.Climb.co.za. There are frequent accidents on this trail and requires a fair level of scrambling experience to do safely (Or take cable car - depending on financial status or how heavy a night you had). It takes about 1.5 hours to walk up to The Ledge.

An interesting article by Karin Magog: http://www.climbonline.co.uk/south_africa.htm
Steve Crowe - 17/Jul/11
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  East of Platteklip
  Platypus Area
3 The Reckoning
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25  
4 Owl Music
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18  
  Upper Right Face
6 Prowling
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26  
7 Orion
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24  
8 Beetle Juice
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22  
  Africa Ravine
10 Africa Amphitheatre
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20 **  
11 Gardener Wall
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16  
12 Gardener Crag
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14  
13 Avernus
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16  
14 Africa Face
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13 *  
15 Africa Addio
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14  
16 Africa Sideburn
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17  
  Bust Up Area
18 Africa Bust Up
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19 *** 2
19 Africa Cleft
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15  
20 Africa Nose
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17 *  
21 Africa Eyelash
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19 *  
  Africa Crag Nose
23 Atrocity Exhibition
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28  
24 Polyphased Deformation
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21  
25 Africa Crag 12 *** 10
26 Africa Gullet
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17 ** 3
27 Flaky Dog
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21  
28 Oddshouters Outing 22 *** 3
29 Africa Nemesis
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17  
30 Tin Can Alley
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20  
  Africa Ledge
32 One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
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29 **  
33 Dynamite 26 *** 1
34 Can Can
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20 *  
35 Africa Cracks
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16 ** 1
36 Africa Scandal
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21 *  
37 Africa Wall
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16 *  
38 Africa Corner
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13 **  
39 Africa Eyrie
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15 **  
40 Atlantic Crag 18 *** 8
41 Tales of Tranquillity
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22  
42 Cabbage Fingers
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20  
43 Ruminating Crag
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17  
44 Local Legend
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24  
45 Little Jack Horner 17  
46 Moonrake
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16 **  
47 Last Three Inches
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20 **  
48 Hard Times
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22 **  
49 Clockwork Orange
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23  
50 Gauntlet
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14  
51 Sagittarius
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15  
52 Arrow Face
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11 *** 5
53 Africa Salad
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17  
54 Rockmeet Special
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14 **  
  Cock and Bull Buttress
56 TATASC
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23  
57 Leo's Route
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20  
58 Head Cut
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21  
59 Cock and Bull
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24  
60 Matador
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25  
61 Crank and Pull
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22  
  Upper Africa Ledge
63 African Lunch
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23 *** 4
64 Mad Dog
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22  
65 Out to Lunch
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24 ** 2
66 Synapse
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27 ***  
67 Africa Arete
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25 *** 3
68 Megarail aka Railrunner
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20  
69 No longer at Ease
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25 *** 3
70 Hacksaw
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20 * 1
71 Mellow Steady Flow
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23 **  
72 Vapour Trail
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28  
  Fountain Ledge
  Magnetic Wall
75 Africa Edge
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21  
76 Quiver Crag
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14  
77 Quake
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23 **  
78 Magnetic Wall
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19 *** 1
79 Touch and Go
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20 *** 2
80 TATWOC
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25  
81 Double Direct
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19 *** 1
82 Metal Fatigue
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20 *  
  Dream Ledge
84 Arms Race
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23 *** 1
85 Arms Race Direct
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25  
86 Cableway Crag
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16 ***  
87 Farewell to Arms
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21 *** 1
88 Last Tango
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20 **  
89 Space Race 23  
90 Triple Indirect 21 *** 4
91 Wet Dream
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22  
92 Sweet Dreams
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22  
93 The Cruise
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21 **  
94 REM
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23 **  
95 The Dream 20 *** 3
  Cobblestone Gendarme
97 Gang Plank
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17  
98 French Connection
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19  
99 La Vida
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21  
100 Cobblestone Face
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12 **  
101 Avalanche Crag
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16 *  
102 Holy Mackerel
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17 **  
103 Companionway
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14  
  Staircase Ledge
105 Jacob's Ladder 16 *** 53
106 The Squid and the Whale
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31 ***  
107 Jeopardy
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29 **  
108 Double Jeopardy
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30 ***  
109 Roulette Arete 25  
110 Roulette
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20 *** 2
111 Captain Hook
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23 ** 1
112 Myrrh
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22 **  
113 Haggai
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20 **  
114 Escalator
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17 *** 1
115 Boulder Highway
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23  
116 Cool Cat
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24 *  
117 Pilgrims Progress
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22 *  
118 Otis
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22  
119 Staircase
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13 *** 2
120 Scaredy Cat
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25 **  
121 Eternity Road
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23 ***  
  Last Laugh Area
123 The Elevator 16 ** 1
124 Finale
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18 **  
125 Boltergeist
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21 **  
126 Phantom Squeeze 25  
127 Don't Squeeze I'll Laugh
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20 ***  
128 Local Hero
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25 **  
129 Tour de Force
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25 **  
130 Last Laugh
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19 **  
131 Point Source
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23  
132 Fountain Edge
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16 *  
133 Fountain Corner
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16  
134 Blackpatch
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14 *  
135 Fountain Reach-Up
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21  
  Fountain Ridge
137 Fountain Fandango
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21  
  Lower Buttresses:
  Right Face Buttress
140 Dashboard
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16 **  
141 Swing Along
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19 **  
142 Arum Scarum
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14 *  
143 Right Face 11 *** 1
144 Dilly-Dally
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13 *  
145 Twot Not
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16  
  Arrow Buttress
  Arrow Buttress - Left
148 Bullshoot 16 ***  
149 Bullseye
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20 ***  
150 Gauntlet
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14 *  
151 Foxflove
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14 *  
152 Hand in Glove
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15 *  
153 Brotherly Glove
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21 *  
154 Custer's Last Stand
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16 **  
155 Maid Marion
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17 **  
156 Friar Tuck
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16 *  
157 Robin Hood
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15 *  
158 Crossbow
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13  
159 Shot to the Heart
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23 **  
160 William Tell
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16 *  
161 Bedlam 19 **  
162 Chocolate Eton and Harrow
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16  
163 Chocolate Slab 16  
  Arrow Buttress - Right
165 Arrow Face
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11 **  
166 Target
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14  
167 Take another Chance
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17  
168 Bowstring
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18 **  
169 Honeybee
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17 *  
170 Arrow Central
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14 *  
171 Moonage Daydream
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19 *  
172 Manoeuvres by Moonlight
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20 *** 2
173 A Sudden Loss Of Cabin Pressure
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27  
174 Moonlight Direct
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23  
175 Direct Pressure
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28  
176 Fader's Frontal
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16 *** 1
177 Left Hall
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20  
178 Fraser' Variation to Arrow Buttress
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12 *** 6
179 Sagittarius
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16  
180 Second Helping
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13 **  
181 Sparkplug
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12 ** 1
182 Penny Royal
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10  
183 India Waterfall
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9  
  Venster Buttress
  Venster Buttress - Left
186 India Somersault
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15 ***  
187 Picnic Time for Teddy Bears
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17 **  
188 India Daze
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13 *  
189 Indian Tonic
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14 *  
190 Indian Giver 15 *** 7
191 Wind Me Up
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21 **  
192 Bombay Duck
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17 8
193 Quacks
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20 **  
194 Delhi Belly
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22  
195 Bombay Chicken
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19  
196 Fingerlocking Good
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19 **  
197 India Crag
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11  
198 Curry Muncher
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19  
199 Gentle Persuasion
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22  
200 Fly or Die
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22  
201 Garden Boy
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20 *  
  Venster Buttress - Right
203 Vibram Rubber
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16  
204 Stone Child
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20 *  
205 Indian Rope Trick 17 *  
206 India Rubber
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12 ***  
207 Pappadum
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15 **  
208 Fun Factory
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24  
209 Cretin
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19  
210 Postern Buttress 'D' HVD ** 1

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