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ACROSS 1 Energizes, with “up” 5 Onetime TWA rival 10 Lucy’s co-star 14 “Star Wars” princess 15 Bakery draw 16 “hat’s so true!” 17 Misfortunes 18 Las Vegas loser’s complaint 20 [“Get of the stage!”] 22 Word with dog, horse or lion 23 Bank acct. posting 24 Critter “in the headlights” 26 Worked hard 30 Spoken 32 Make on the job 34 Explosive emotion 35 Eight, en espa–ol 36 Like some committees 37 Martini ingredient 38 Jack of nursery rhymes 39 “Give __ chance!” 40 Grate residue 42 Chinese-born architect I.M. __ 43 Techie’s hangout 45 “Doggone it!” 46 Dada pioneer Jean 47 Speak hoarsely 48 Landmark on Missouri’s state quarter 49 Georgia, but not Florida 51 Vatican City currency 53 Uncanny claim 56 Crime syndicate leader 57 What a judge may do during an arraignment 59 Grecian Formula competitor 64 Invention beginning 65 Roughly 30% of Earth’s land area 66 Fall zodiac sign 67 Denim pioneer Strauss 68 Chimed 69 “No bid,” in bridge 70 Perfect spot

DOWN 1 “I was home alone” isn’t a very strong one 2 Breakfast fruit 3 *Screenwriter’s work for the irst episode 4 Merit badge holder 5 Analyzed, as a sentence 6 Got out of bed 7 “__ again!” 8 Invoice no. 9 Leader with a baton 10 __ Lama 11 Big bird from Down Under

12 “Hold on a __!” 13 Pentel iller 19 *Orangy Crayola color 21 *Simple-to-use 25 *Symbol of bureaucracy 27 Dizzy ... and a hint to the starts of the answers to starred clues 28 Great Lakes natives 29 Lairs of lions 31 “Of course!” 33 Ill-fated whale chaser 35 Rossini creation 36 Is home sick 38 Stretch across

41 Cul-de-__ 44 Tubular Italian pastries 48 Concert milieus 50 Suitcase tie-on 52 App downloaders 54 Kitchen strainer 55 Opposite of everything, in bageldom 58 Rancor 59 Jelly holder 60 Land “across the pond” from the U.K. 61 Gluttony, e.g. 62 Tear (into) 63 Exec’s degree

Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

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Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

Answer here:

Jumbles: Answer:

(Answers tomorrow) (Answers tomorrow)
WORLD SUNNY INTACT GIGGLE When the plant nursery bought more land, they were this on their competition — GAINING GROUND



East-West vulnerable, East deals.


♠ A 10 4

♥ 7 5

♦ AQJ53

♣ Q 6 5



♠ 7

♠ K 8 3

♥ Q J 9 3

♥ A K 10 6 4

♦ 10 8 7 4

♦ 2

♣ 9 4 3 2

♣ K 10 8 7


♠ Q J 9 6 5 2

♥ 8 2

♦ K 9 6

♣ AJ

The bidding:




All pass


WEST 3♥*


Opening lead: Queen of ♥

It was early in the club’s Saturday night duplicate when Hard Luck Louie ran into this hand. It looked pretty pedestrian at first, but the defense took a surprising twist. East overtook his partner’s queen of hearts lead with the king and fired back the two of diamonds.
Louie knew what this meant — East had a singleton diamond and the king of trumps. East was planning to win his trump king and underlead the ace of hearts to West’s jack for a

diamond ruff. To thwart this, Louie decided not to waste time on a spade finesse that was sure to lose. He led a spade to dummy’s ace and continued with another spade, hoping for a 2-2 split. Nice try by Louie, but the cards were cruel to him. East rose with his king, led a low heart to West, and received the diamond ruff that he wanted for down one. “Nice bid, partner,” said Louie. “You put me in a solid game, but my bad luck never takes a break.”
Two rounds later, Lucky Larry played the same deal. East at his table also overtook the heart lead to play back a diamond, giving Larry a roadmap to the defenders’ plan. Larry tried to foil this defense a different way. He won the diamond in dummy and led a club to his jack. When that won the trick, he cashed the ace of clubs and crossed back to dummy with the ace of spades. Larry led the queen of clubs, but when East covered with the king, Larry discarded his remaining heart rather than ruffing. Bingo! There was no longer a link to the West hand for a ruff and Larry could not be prevented from taking 10 tricks. Nice play!
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EDITOR’S NOTE: In order to provide a print version of the answers to the Saturday Bridge Quiz, today’s puzzle section has been reconfigured.


Q 1 - Neither vulnerable, as South, Q 4 - Both vulnerable, as South, you

you hold:


♠ A K 9 3 ♥ 8 ♦ Q 10 7 2 ♣ K 5 4 2 ♠ A K 7 3 ♥ 7 ♦ K 7 2 ♣ 10 9 5 3 2

What call would you make?


1♣ 1♥

Pass ?

What call would you make?

A - After a one no trump response on your right, double is a takeout double of the suit bid on your left. Double, for takeout.

A - You owe partner a bid, so make one. Bid one spade. Despite popular misconceptions, you don’t need five spades to make this bid.

Q 2 - North-South vulnerable, as Q 5 - North-South vulnerable, as

South, you hold:

South, you hold:

♠ A J 8 3 ♥ K 7 4 ♦ 5 3 ♣ K J 10 6 ♠ J 10 9 4 3 ♥ K ♦ 7 3 ♣ K Q J 8 3

Partner opens one diamond and righthand opponent jumps to two hearts, pre-emptive. What call would you make?

Partner opens one no trump, 15-17, and right-hand opponent makes the natural overcall of two hearts. What call would you make?

A - No bridge player would be too confident in this situation, but you must soldier on. Make a negative double, hoping to find a spade fit, and continue with three no trump if you don’t find one. Cross your fingers.
Q 3 - East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold:

A - A useful agreement, in this situation, is that any bid of three of their suit (a cue bid) or higher is forcing. Bid three spades.
Q 6 - East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold:
♠ A 9 5 ♥ A 9 6 2 ♦ 10 ♣ Q J 10 7 4

♠AQ987♥ J5♦ KQ987♣Q
You open one spade, left-hand opponent passes, and partner jumps to three spades, invitational with four-card support. What now?
A - You have a nice hand, but there is no first-round control to cue bid, so don’t press the issue. Bidding four spades is enough.

As dealer, what call would you make?
A - A requirement for opening a light hand is an easy rebid. As long as you’re happy to raise a one spade response to two spades, as we are, then open one club.
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The Classified Challenge