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Alan Greenspan, America's free market evangelist, recently made the following statement:

Today’s competitive markets, whether we seek to recognise it or not, are driven by an international version of Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” that is unredeemably opaque. With notably rare exceptions (2008, for example), the global “invisible hand” has created relatively stable exchange rates, interest rates, prices, and wage rates.

It got me thinking - "With notably rare exceptions" would seem to be a flexible caveat large enough to accomodate just about any circumstance. I open it up to the creativity of the BGG community to cite some notably rare exceptions, in any context including historical and/or boardgames.

I'll throw in a few to kick off
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1. Board Game: EuroFront II [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked]
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With notably rare exceptions, Germany remained largely at peace with its neighbors during the 20th century.
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2. Board Game: Cavum [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1100]
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With notable rare exceptions, working as a coal miner in China is a perfectly safe career choice.
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3. Board Game: Bobby Lee [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:2345]
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With notably rare exceptions, Rhett Butler did give a damn.
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4. Board Game: Kablamo [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:10139]
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With notably rare exceptions, Russian Roulette is a fun, safe game for all the family to play.
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5. Board Game: Carthage: The First Punic War [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:1920]
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With notably rare exceptions, the Carthaginian war machine was extremely successful.
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6. Board Game: Spartacus [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:3787]
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With notably rare exceptions, none of us is Spartacus.
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7. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:319]
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With notably rare exceptions, Pompeii has always been a safe place to raise a family.
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8. Board Game: Hector and Achilles [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:7758]
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With notably rare exceptions, Achilles was invincible.
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9. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:11]
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With notably rare exceptions, Enron conducted its affairs in an ethical and upstanding manner.
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10. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:130]
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With notable and rare exceptions, sand worms stay away from humans.
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11. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:157]

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Suddenly a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed. Suddenly a pirate ship appeared on the horizon! While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up.
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With notably rare exceptions, no, I don't have wood for sheep.
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12. Board Game: Clintonopoly! [Average Rating:4.17 Unranked]

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Suddenly a shot rang out! A door slammed. The maid screamed. Suddenly a pirate ship appeared on the horizon! While millions of people were starving, the king lived in luxury. Meanwhile, on a small farm in Kansas, a boy was growing up.
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With notably rare exceptions, I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
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With notably rare exceptions, user binraix doesn't win anything at the Games for Geekgold lotteries.
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14. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]

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With notably rare exceptions, I am not a Cylon.
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15. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:83]

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With notably rare exceptions, I haven't blocked you completely out of a city all night!
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16. Board Game: Cleopatra's Caboose [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:7305]

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With notably rare exceptions, board games have unique and imaginative settings.
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17. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:5]
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With Notably Rare Exceptions, never play the Craftsman. devil
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18. Board Game: The Sinking of the Titanic [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:6834]
It's not OCD until you sleeve your UNO cards.
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With notably rare exceptions, a sea cruise is a great idea.
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19. Board Game: Small Commercial Real Estate Lending Game [Average Rating:5.60 Unranked]
Dominic Crapuchettes
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Bethesda
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First there was Hearts, then there was Spades, and now we bring you Clubs. The suit of clubs finally gets some respect!
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With notably rare exceptions...
        ... investing in real estate is perfectly safe.




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With notably rare exceptions...
        ... Alan Greenspan is a pretty smart guy when it comes to economics.
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20. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:10758]
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With notably rare exceptions, memory games are boring. devil
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21. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:284]
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With notably rare exceptions,
no investigator is really Mr. Jack in disguise.
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22. Board Game: Paranoia Mandatory Bonus Fun! Card Game [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:4214]
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With notably rare exceptions, citizens of Alpha Complex are not commie mutant traitors. whistle
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23. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:328] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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With notably rare exceptions, gazebos will not harm you, even if provoked with a crossbow bolt.
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24. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.45 Overall Rank:10975]
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Ohio
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With notable rare exceptions, Monopoly is every board gamer's favorite game.
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25. Board Game: The Third World War [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:1339]
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With notably rare exceptions wargames can predict future events (a bit like bankers).
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