Word Game: Oct. 20, 2018

TODAY’S WORD — STALLION (STALLION: STAL-yun: An adult male horse, esp. one kept for breeding.)

Average mark 30 words

Time limit 45 minutes

Can you find 48 or more words in STALLION? The list will be published Monday.

YESTERDAY’S WORD — OUTLYING oily only outing ugly unit unity unlit until unto tigon ting tingly tiny toil tong tony toying tying ling lingo lint linty liny lion logy loin long lout lung luting lying yogi young ingot inly into noil gilt glint glinty glut gout guilt guilty

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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.

Contact Word Game creator Kathleen Saxe at kzsaxe@gmail.com.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Bridge: Oct. 20, 2018

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“Simple Saturday” columns focus on improving basic technique and developing logical thinking.

“Murphy’s Law” is ubiquitous. (“You won’t remember to take out the garbage until the garbage truck is at the house next door.”) When you are declarer, you can bet that what can’t possibly go wrong will anyway.

Against today’s four spades, West led the king of clubs. (A trump might have been better.) South took the ace and led the A-K of diamonds, planning to ruff his low diamonds in dummy.


Something went wrong when West ruffed and led a trump. Then dummy had only one trump left while South had two low diamonds, and when East had the ace of hearts, South lost three more tricks.

South has nine tricks: six trumps, two diamonds and a club. He needs only one diamond ruff in dummy to make game. So after South takes the ace, he must lead a low diamond. If East returns a club, South ruffs, ruffs a low diamond in dummy and draws trumps for 10 sure tricks.


You hold: S K 7 H K 7 6 3 D 8 3 C A 10 5 4 2. Your partner opens one heart, and you bid three hearts (a “limit raise,” inviting game). Partner then bids three spades. What do you say?

ANSWER: If partner wanted to play at four hearts, he would have bid it. His three spades aspires to bigger things. You should “cue-bid” four clubs to show your ace. If partner next signs off at four hearts, you can continue with a cue bid of four spades to show the king.

South dealer

Both sides vulnerable


S K 7

H K 7 6 3

D 8 3

C A 10 5 4 2


S 6 5 4 2

H Q 10 8 5

D 7

C K Q 7 3


S 3

H A J 9

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


‘Aquarium Adventure’ is an immersive experience

Dunkleosteus, plesiosaurus and paracyclotosaurus are uniting this week in San Jose for the first time in history. The extinct ocean-dwelling creatures, which lived millions of years ago across different time periods, will come to life once again as part of Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure.

The dinosaurs are set to take the stage as life-like puppets at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Hammer Theatre Center in downtown San Jose. The story, which is by the team behind Dinosaur Zoo Live, follows co-hosting duo Catherine and Tina as they introduce the slew of prehistoric creatures to the audience. However, things take a slight turn when Tina places creatures from different time periods into the same tank.

“I think for me the inspiration is to teach children that there are animals that no longer exist today and to inform them and to educate children just how old the planet is,” co-writer and host Catherine McNamara said. “We really are excited to teach them the science.”

McNamara, an independent performer and theater maker, said she’s been working on the show for the past four years. She plays the role of Catherine the marine biologist and stars alongside more than 30 puppets.

“A lot of them are based off of fossils or scientific drawings,” she said. “Through trial and error, they have developed these beautiful puppets. … They’re made from all sorts of material (and) some of our biggest ones are inflatable.”

McNamara added that many of the puppets are also made from recycled material and some–like the jellyfish–display their luminous colors with the help of an accelerometer.

The puppets and fellow puppeteers aren’t McNamara’s only co-stars. Four lucky children are picked from the audience ahead of the show to join Catherine as she dives through the tank.

“It’s so exciting to see the show happen through their eyes,” …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Was Leah Remini really wrong to call Jada Pinkett Smith a Scientologist?

Leah Remini and Jada Pinkett Smith opened up this week about ending a public feud that was sparked when Remini, an ex-Scientologist-turned-anti-Scientology crusader, made the claim last year that the “Girls Trip” actress had been a member of the controversial organization.

Leah Remini in 2013. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Pinkett Smith subsequently denied being a member of the Church of Scientology, issuing a tweet saying she had studied Dianetics and Study Technology, referring to practices developed by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

However, the actress, 47, insisted that’s as far as her involvement went.

“I am not a Scientologist,” she wrote.

I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech… but I am not a Scientologist.

— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) September 19, 2017

With People reporting that the will women hash out their differences in an upcoming episode of Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch series, “Red Table Talk,” it appears that Pinkett Smith’s denial may hold as the final version of the story about her Scientology association.

But should it? And was Remini really wrong to make that assertion about her?

Probably not. That is, according to reporting by Tony Ortega, the former Village Voice editor who has long chronicled the Church, its alleged abuses and its high-profile members.

In recent years, Ortega has addressed questions about Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s association with Scientology in interviews and in posts on his Underground Bunker website.

Ortega wrote in a 2017 post that Pinkett Smith at one point was a “dedicated” Scientologist, while Will Smith was “a dabbler” who supported his wife’s devotion to the Church.

Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith in 2016. (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ortega said, “We have known for years that the dedicated Scientologist in the family was Will’s wife Jada Pinkett …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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