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belfast, bell-fast

Entered verbatim:

I played the game that you call nicky-knocky-nine-doors with some of my classmates who were the daughters of "squadies " living on a forces housing estate in Wiltshire, UK, in the late 1970s. They called it called "Belfast" or perhaps " bell-fast". Whether this name had a conscious connection to tours of duty in Ireland I can't say.

Synonym: nicky-knocky-nine-doors, knockdown-ginger, rat-tat-charlie