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I VWVVV.AMNEWS.COM THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER CONTACT BRIDGE FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012 WORD SLEUTH- BY STEVEN BECKER l. Two spades. Before discussing what to do, it might be best to define partner's one-spade bid. Most overcalls on the one-level are based on eight to 12 high-card points and a good suit, although partner could have as many as 16 points in high cards. The one-spade overcall should therefore tentatively be regarded as merely a competitive bid and not the equivalent of an opening bid. Though it is not likely that the combined hands contain the wherewithal necessary for game, you should nevertheless raise partner's spades, partly to allow for the possibility that he has a strong hand, and partly tor tactical reasons. A bid of two clubs would not be wise because it is not forcing and would deny spade support and at the same time would make it easier for West to bid again at a low level. Tomorrow: GRAND B I F C Z W U F RPM Bidding Quiz You are South, both sides vulnerable. The bidding has gone: West North East South I+ Pass ? I. What would you bid with each of the following five hands? 1. + A84 ., 87 • 653 + KQ974 2. + KJ7 ., AJ952 • 64 + K83 3. + 95., Q83 • AI07 + KJ752 4. + K2., KJ4. KQIO +AI0983 5. + J ., AQ842 • 985 + J642 CROSSWORD 2. Three spades. This time game prospects arc much brighter, and your three-spade bid invites partner to continue on to four spades unless his overcall is in the minimum range. 3. One notrump. Game is unlikely, but even so, it's much better to bid one notrump than to pass. This will give partner another chance to bid if he happens to have a strong hand. It would be wrong to bid two clubs, whieh would indicate a better club suit and would also understate the all-around value of your hand. 4. Three notrump. It's hard to imagine a hand partner can have where you won't have a good play for nine tricks. A jump to two notrump (invitational) would be an egregious underbid. Partner might dislike notrump and retreat to four spades, but your values are fully adequate for that contract as well. 5. Pass. You shouldn't go looking for trouble by bidding two hearts. Partner's suit should be at least as good as yours, and if he lacked support for hearts and rebid his spades, you'd be worse off than you were before. This is the type of hand that suggests a possible misfit, and experience teaches that the sooner you "let go" in misfit hands, the better off you will be. 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"DO YOU EVER WONDER WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT?" ~!!tg HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, April 6,2012: The Full Moon marks your year. You often will Juggle your intellect and your feelings. You could go back and forth when deciding what you should do as opposed to what you want to do. You will choose which voice works for you. If you are single, your charisma attracts people like a magnet. Maintaining a relationship will take a lot of understanding and compassion on both your parts. If you are attached, you will be a little inconsistent in your relationship, as your mind floats to other issues. Learn to respect the differences between you rather than fight about them. LIBRA admires you and wants to be with you. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You'll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; I-Difficult _ ARIES (March 21-ApriI19) You might be busy Juggling two different interests. Avoid someone who reads you cold, which could cause a problem at this moment. Think in terms of gains. You might **** be questioning whether you are giving enough or giving too much. Tonight: Worry less. *** TAURUS (ApriI20-May 20) Pace yourself, and understand that you easily could be drained. News from a distance could be problematic. You might feel like you are being stretched too thin. Walk away from the problem for a little while. Answers will come up handle what your mind cannot. Pressure builds and creates a somewhat touchy situation. Lo and behold, your intuitive reaction will provide a solution. Tonight: Lead the Friday-night celebrations. *** CANCER (June 21-July 22) Basics do count. You might want to rethink a decision or move a situation in a different direction. You could be feeling high-strung and pressured. Squeeze in plenty of physical activity. Walk a little more. Tonight: Find a stress-buster. **** LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You say what you feel, but reactions come in from left field. You could feel pressured by an associate or someone you deal with every day. Remember, it is a Judgment you are making about the situation that creates stress. Tonight: Hang out with friends. ***** VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You can play around with your finances all you want, but realize that you still will need to stop excessive spending. A risk will not payoff. A close loved one has a different outlook on the situation. Tonight: Treat a friend to dinner. **** LIBRA (Sept. 23-0ct. 22) Your hands are full, as many seem to need your help or attention. Trying not to look rushed, even when you are, takes talent. Recognize that a friend or associate could be intentionally slowing you down. Tonight: Where the gang IS. *** soon enough. Tonight: Whatever makes you feel good. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You might want to deal with a situation directly. The problem is that it could backfire if you are not GEMINI (Mav 21-June 20) careful. Others are unusuallv touchv and could misinteroret vour ***** Your creativitv seems to words. Stay centered. Play the waiting game. Tonight: Vanish. ANSWER BOX **** SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) A meeting or discussion might force you to do some searching in your memory to see if you have missed sorneone's warnings. Know that everything will pass. Do not forget a child or loved one. Tonight: Relish the change of pace. *** CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You feel today's Full Moon more than others. How you handle a personal matter might change substantially after you witness what goes on with a key person. You might have overlooked a certain quality of this person. Tonight: All eyes turn to you. **** AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) If you do not overreact to a comment and take it personally, you might enJoy all the intense communication happening around you. You might need to sort through messages and make a Judgment call. Tonight: Flow into the weekend. **** PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) You might wish you were the only one involved in dealing with a money matter. Quite clearly, you discover that two people with different ideas might have difficulty becoming one voice, especially today. If you can postpone this matter, do. Tonight: Make it OK to let go and enJoy. BORN TODAY Wild west outlaw Butch Cassidy (1866), conductor Andre Previn (1929). sinccr-soncwriter Merle Haczard (193]) 8 4 3 5 2 1 9 6 7 9 2 5 6 3 7 4 1 8 7 1 6 9 8 4 2 3 5 5 8 4 7 9 3 6 2 1 2 3 7 8 1 6 5 4 9 1 6 9 4 5 2 7 8 3 GRAND- 3 7 1 2 4 5 8 9 6 6 9 2 1 7 8 3 5 4 4 5 8 3 6 9 1 7 2

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