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BRIDGE HA HA

BRIDGE HA HA

Dear Madam,

Your readers may wish to know of

this very useful money-making

wheeze.

For a long time I played rubber

bridge for a small amount of cash

with an old fashioned Somerset

farmer called Peter Chapman.

He recalled a time when, playing

against his father as a young man,

his father opened 7´. A general cry

of astonishment went up around

the table to which the father said,

'And bet I bloody make them too!'

Peter challenged this assertion and

said 'Dad, I bet you a iver you

don't.' The wager was accepted

after which Peter bid 7NT, denying

his father the chance to play 7´.

He collected his ive pounds and

was happy to go off 10, doubled

and not vulnerable.

Yours faithfully

Andrew Scaramanga

Thanks to Rosanna C for this snap

of a girls' bridge holiday. Clearly a

great way to interest new players.

ACROSS

1. A card played with gusto - it might

be called for in an emergency (10)

8. Aiming for an ace and bound to

get one (8)

10. Prepared to lose ace to East and

rushes to make it so (5)

11. Handsome partner offers scale but

no defence (4)

13. Pete's partner's lead made it

plain (6)

14. A small drink's taken, presumably

(5)

16. Wrong line turned out to be right

(4)

17. Piece of operatic variation (4)

18. Not a retail arrangement to get

measure of (5)

19. Something to play with good new

partner (6)

22. Flashy pair have final deal to go

over (4)

23. Call out, miss lead, forget to follow

suit (5)

24. Opponents recruit grand slam

champion, right? It's got one

dribbling (8)

25. Reproduce a green tree (10)

DOWN

1. Vince had pictures, etc., attracting

top dealers - it's what they like to

work on (9)

2. Copied layout when ace played (4)

3. Teams muddle offering queen

finesse on occasions, when

mounted (10)

4. Meetings where Northampton,

perhaps, got first five points (6)

5. Fool has scored first point (4)

6. Dressed in blue - always agnostic

(10)

7. East's partner missed no trump

contract, they would have gathered

(7)

9. Visiting Prague never excited the

King's consort (9)

12. Perish with club or, with reflection,

diamond lead for East (7)

15. Partners missed less even shuffles

from which a good hand generally

appears (6)

20. Old woman nearly made slam (4)

21. Chat rooms for aces (4)

CROSSWORD NO 1

Compiled by MERMAN

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