Bridge: Sept. 9, 2018

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If today’s South had jumped to three hearts in the direct position, his bid would have been preemptive. (A few pairs agree to treat it as intermediate; almost nobody uses it as the old-fashioned strong variety.)

But in the “passout” or “balancing” position, South’s bid was intermediate, suggesting a good six-card suit with opening values or a bit more. To define a balancing jump-overcall as weak and preemptive would make no sense. North could reasonably have passed, but he judged that his aces sufficed to bid game.

Since South had a sound hand, North’s raise appeared to be a winning action. But after West cashed the king of spades, he led the queen of clubs. Declarer won and took the A-K of trumps, relying on a normal 3-2 break, but West discarded. South then exited with a spade, hoping West would lead a third spade, but West led the ten of clubs.

South won, took the K-A of diamonds and ruffed a club, but he had to lose a trump to East’s jack plus a diamond. Down one.

There was nothing about the auction that careful play wouldn’t justify. At Trick Three, declarer must concede a spade. He wins the club return and takes the K-A of trumps. If East-West followed, South could lead a diamond to his hand and draw the missing trump for 10 tricks.

When instead West discards on the second high trump, South ruffs a club, takes the K-A of diamonds and ruffs dummy’s last club. At the 11th trick, he exits with his diamond loser and wins the last two tricks with the Q-10 of trumps behind East’s J-9.

West dealer

Both sides vulnerable

NORTH

S 8 4 3

H A 3

D A 7 5 2

C 7 6 4 2

WEST

S A K Q 10 2

H 7

D J 9 4

C Q J 10 8

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

Word Game: Sept. 9, 2018

TODAY’S WORD — SINECURE (SINECURE: SIN-ih-kyoor: A position or office that requires no work but offers a salary.)

Average mark 37 words

Time limit 60 minutes

Can you find 60 or more words in SINECURE? TODAY’S WORD — SINECURE scene scree screen secern secure seen seer seine sere since sincere sine sire siren sneer suer sure incur incus incuse insecure insure inure nice nicer niece nurse ecru ensue ensure enure erne cense censer censure cereus cerise cire cries cruise cruse cure curie curse uric urine ursine user recuse rein rescue resin reuse rice rinse rise risen ruin rune ruse

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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.

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

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Olivia Laing’s 6 favorite books

Olivia Laing, a British editor and critic acclaimed for The Lonely City, The Trip to Echo Spring, and other works of nonfiction, recently published her first novel. Crudo is narrated by a writer weathering a tumultuous 2017 summer.

Close to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz (Vintage, $16).

Wojnarowicz is rightly heralded as an artist, but it’s his writing that captivates me. Knives is his masterwork: a memoir-in-fragments that tracks his violent boyhood, his sexual encounters in pre-gentrification New York, and his battles as an AIDS activist. Visceral and dreamlike in its visual power, his account of passionate resistance is vital.

Orlando by Virginia Woolf (Mariner, $15).

This October, it will be 90 years since Orlando was first published. Woolf’s most playful book remains strikingly relevant today, not least for its sustained and elegant argument about the fluidity of gender.

The Rings of Saturn by W. G. Sebald (New Directions, $17).

It puzzles me that Sebald is so often written about in terms of re-enchantment when his true project was to reveal violence, drawing back the veil on grand houses and great works of art to expose a legacy of war and colonial atrocity. Don’t be lulled by the splendor of his sentences: This is writing dead set on laying bare the poisonous architecture of power.

Modern Nature by Derek Jarman (Univ. of Minnesota, $19).

When the filmmaker Derek Jarman was diagnosed HIV positive in 1986, he began building a garden on a desolate beach. Modern Nature is his extraordinarily inspiring diary from those difficult years, documenting the ravages of illness and homophobia as well as the sustaining joy of making art.

Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara (Knopf, $20).

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Bill Daily, sidekick on hit 60s and 70s sitcoms, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Daily, the comic sidekick to leading men on the sitcoms “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died, a family spokesman said Saturday.

Daily died of natural causes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday, at his home where he had been living with his son, J. Patrick Daily, spokesman Steve Moyer told The Associated Press.

Daily was not a household name but he was a household face, familiar to many millions of baby-boomer viewers in the 1960s and ’70s from two of the era’s biggest shows.

He played Major Roger Healy in all five seasons of “I Dream of Jeannie” from 1965 to 1970. Healy was the astronaut partner to Larry Hagman’s Major Anthony Nelson as both men tried to contain the antics of Jeannie, the childlike blond bombshell who lived in a bottle played by Barbara Eden.

Eden said on Twitter Friday night that Daily was “Our favorite zany astronaut.”

“Billy was wonderful to work with,” Eden said. “He was a funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. I’m so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal.”

Just two years later he landed a very similar role and had an even longer run on “The Bob Newhart Show,” playing aviator Howard Borden behind Newhart’s psychologist Dr. Bob Hartley for 140 episodes between 1972 and 1978.

Newhart, now 89, said in a statement Saturday that he and Daily had been friends since both were trying to break into comedy in Chicago in the 1950s, and Daily was a clutch comedian that could make anything work on the sitcom.

“I called him our bullpen man. Whenever we were having trouble with a script on the show, we’d have Bill make an appearance,” Newhart said. “He was one of the most positive people I ever knew, and …read more

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