Bridge: Oct. 21, 2017

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“Simple Saturday” columns are meant to help aspiring players improve technique and develop logical thinking.

When you become declarer, you have undertaken to win a specified number of tricks. When you see dummy, count your winners. If you see enough sure winners to make your contract, take them.

At today’s two hearts, South takes the ace of diamonds and counts seven more tricks: four trumps in his hand, a club and two diamond ruffs in dummy. He should ruff a diamond at Trick Two and lead a club to his ace to ruff a second diamond.

FINESSE

South shouldn’t risk a finesse with the queen of clubs. If West won, he would switch to trumps, and South would lose his second diamond ruff.

What about at matchpoint duplicate, where overtricks may be valuable? I would still play to assure the contract. South has received a favorable opening lead — a trump lead would have been damaging — so he is ahead of the game. Plus scores in partscore deals can be worth many matchpoints.

DAILY QUESTION

You hold: S 7 5 H K 10 9 8 7 D A 7 5 3 C A Q. Your partner opens one club, you respond one heart and he bids one spade. What do you say?

ANSWER: You have enough strength for game. Your best spot may be 3NT, but you need not hurry to bid it. Bid two diamonds. A new-suit bid by responder here is forcing. If partner bids 2NT next, raise. But if he supports your hearts or otherwise suggests a distributional hand, you’ll pursue a suit contract.

South dealer

Both sides vulnerable

NORTH

S K 6 4 3 2

H Q J

D 4

C 9 6 4 3 2

WEST

S Q 9 8

H A 6 4 2

D Q J 10 2

C K 5

EAST

S A J 10

H 5 3

D K 9 8 6

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

Word Game: Oct. 21, 2017

TODAY’S WORD — BEWITCHED (BEWITCHED: bee-WICHT: Cast a spell over.)

Average mark 34 words

Time limit 40 minutes

Can you find 46 or more words in BEWITCHED? The list will be published Monday.

YESTERDAY’S WORD — OBITUARY obit orbit bait bayou biota boar boat bort bout boyar brat bray brio brit bruit buoy bury iota tabor tabu taro tiro tour tray trio troy tuba tyro abort about abut airy arty auto ratio riot rout ruby your yurt

To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last!

RULES OF THE GAME:

1. Words must be of four or more letters.

2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of ”s,” such as ”bats” or ”dies,” are not allowed.

3. Additional words made by adding a ”d” or an ”s” may not be used. For example, if ”bake” is used, ”baked” or ”bakes” are not allowed, but ”bake” and ”baking” are admissible.

4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.

To contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe, write to Word Game, Kathleen Saxe, Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

Horoscopes: Oct. 21, 2017

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Glen Powell, 29; Matt Dallas, 35; Kim Kardashian, 37; Judge Judy Sheindlin, 75.

Happy Birthday: Look for an opportunity to raise your earning potential or expand your interests in ways that will lead to collaboration or new acquaintances. Expressing your true feelings will help you form better relationships and also discourage those who aren’t a good influence on you. Purging unnecessary items will give you a sense of relief and help ease your stress. Avoid excessive behavior and focus on health and finances. Your numbers are 7, 11, 24, 28, 37, 41, 45.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): A partnership will take a favorable turn if you let things unfold naturally. Someone’s interest, concern and friendliness will contribute to the comfort you feel when moving forward with your goals and prospects. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Speak up and discuss a partnership and the chance to work alongside someone you respect and love in order to build a better future. Sharing emotional feelings and life goals will ensure that you are heading in the right direction. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Good things will happen if you are willing to head down the road less traveled. Standing out or being unique will encourage others to take interest in what you are up to. Don’t feel you have to exaggerate to get noticed. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Do your best to avoid disrupting your situation by making impulsive moves because someone else does. Think and do your own thing and be sure to protect your home, possessions, your passwords and your health. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Make sure your plans fit your budget. If you overspend or attempt the impossible, you will be blamed for the problems that develop. It’s OK to do …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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