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EV2 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS • BOB JONES Q 1 • Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠J 2 ♥A J 10 4 ♦K 10 9 8 6 ♣A 8 Right-hand opponent opens one club. What call would you make? A • Bid one diamond and risk losing the heart suit, or bid one heart, preparing to bid diamonds next, and risk deceiving partner. It’s close, but we like one diamond. Q 2 • North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠K 10 ♥Q 9 8 6 ♦Q 2 ♣A K Q 7 4 As dealer, what call would you make? A • Should you open one club, and anyone bids spades, you will have an impossible rebid. Open one no trump. Q 3 • East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠K 7 ♥Q J 8 5 3 ♦Q 10 4 ♣A J 10 Partner opens two spades, weak, and right-hand opponent passes. What call would you make? A • When partner pre-empts in your shortest suit, stay out of the auction unless you have a strong no trump or the equivalent. Pass.

Q 5 • North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠K Q ♥Q J 10 4 ♦10 8 ♣K J 9 7 3 SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 2♦ Pass Pass 2NT ? Pass What call would you make? A • You have plenty for game, but try Stayman before settling for three no trump. For some that is three clubs and for others it is three diamonds. Know your methods. (06/25/18)

WORD GAME June 25 WORD — VERBAL (VERBAL: VER-bul: Spoken rather than written.) Average mark 17 words. Time limit 25 minutes. Can you find 20 or more words in VERBAL? The list will be published tomorrow. SATURDAY’S WORD — CHEATER thee erect hare care there etch hart caret three etcher hate cart trace ether hater cater tree ache hear char race acre heart chart rate arch heat chat reach arete heater cheat react tare here cheer reheat teach each chert retch teacher earth crate rhea tear eater create

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.



Q 4 • Both vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠A 2 ♥K 10 7 ♦A ♣A Q 10 9 8 5 4 Right-hand opponent opens one spade. What call would you make? A • This hand is too strong for a simple overcall. Double and bid clubs at your next turn.


M 1 • MOnDAy • 06.25.2018

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Levi’s material Coconut tree Lacks, in brief The sun and the moon ___ facto Women’s golf star Lorena Holder of some precious memories Transports between airport terminals Position for a baseball batter What sending someone to Mars would be Wunderkind Recede, as the tide 1960s-’70s Ford named for an Italian city Fashion magazine spinoff

33 “Here’s to you!,” e.g. 38 Turn at high speed 39 “As American as apple pie,” for example 40 Jokes and such 41 Popular Cartoon Network programming block 44 The “M” of NASA’s LEM 46 Smartphone download 47 Temporary mental lapse 53 Squirrel’s stash 54 ___ Herman (Paul Reubens character) 58 Insinuated 59 Place where no one lives anymore 62 Bring joy to 63 Actress Hatcher


64 Crucifix 65 Philadelphia NBA player, informally 66 Plow pullers 67 Inquires


1 Steve who once headed Apple 2 The “E” of QED 3 Swedish pop quartet that won the 1974 Eurovision contest 4 Justin Timberlake’s original group 5 Assign two projects, a long reading and several writing assignments, say 6 Police alert, for short 7 Baton Rouge sch. 8 Dad’s partner 9 Run fast 10 Having a burning smell 11 Puppeteer Lewis 12 Request to a waiter 13 Yummy 18 German’s “Oh!” 21 Prince Valiant’s son 23 Item in a grate 24 ___ Hill (R&B group) 25 Chart type 26 Write on metal, say 27 Lover boy 28 Road shoulder

HOROSCOPE • JACQUELINE BIGAR Note: Bigar’s Stars is based on the degree of your sun at birth. The sign name is simply a label astrologers put on a set of degrees for convenience. The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHH Remain anchored, despite an overwhelming amount of incoming calls. You might choose not to reveal everything you know just yet. Your followthrough makes a big difference. Tonight: Listen rather than talk.

If June 25 is your birthday • This year you might not realize the power of your creativity. If you are single, your desirability draws in many different types of suitors. If you are attached, the two of you can’t seem to get enough of each other. Sagittarius seems to always be questioning your decisions.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH Take what is being shared with a grain of salt. Until you know that the other party is anchored in reality, you might find him or her to be very spacey. Tonight: Be wherever the action is.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH A tendency to be overindulgent emerges. You enjoy spending money, but you will need to rein yourself in. You know how much better you feel about the wilder moments if you can hold yourself back. Tonight: Consider a getaway. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH In order to accomplish what you desire, one-on-one relating is necessary. You will find that a friend reveals a whole new side of his or her personality. Take in all the information that is being released. Tonight: A force to behold. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH You might not intend to get all the attention today, but somehow you do. Honor a fast change of pace. As a result, you are likely to feel more accomplished. Tonight: Remain responsive to someone’s request. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHH Be more in tune with what is happening around you. Your ability to get past a problem marks your day. As a result, others see that the same path might work for them. Tonight: Be willing to pitch in and help a friend. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Allow your creativity to open up, especially in a discussion with a family member. Your feelings are close to the surface, and you might have difficulty verbalizing them in a way that is acceptable to this person. Tonight: Head to a favorite spot.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH Take a break and remain confident in your judgment. For the most part, you have been on a winning streak. Still, be aware of issues that surround you and how they might be coloring the moment. Tonight: Where the fun is.

Puzzle by Hannah Slovut

31 Prefix with liberal 32 Bernie Sanders, for one 34 Meditation sounds 35 Onetime electronics giant 36 Lose one’s footing 37 Worker hired for the day 39 Has a lazy Sunday morning, say

41 Naval chief: abbr. 42 Batman and Robin are a “dynamic” one 43 Einstein’s birthplace 45 Where surgeons do surgery, for short 47 Wise ones 48 Bacterium that can help or hurt

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You clearly are in your element. You have a substantial edge on many of the people around you, at least now and tomorrow. Though you are not into one-upmanship, you like coming out a winner. Tonight: Whatever you do works. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHH You might feel as if something or someone is off. In essence, what you are feeling is that you are not getting the whole story, but instead several rather sparse facts. Tonight: Make it early. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHH You will be on top of what is occurring. You also know how to use timing to your advantage. A friend might reveal more than he or she should. Tonight: Hang out with a loved one.

49 Levy-free 50 Furious 51 Alternative to .com 52 Prefix with -hedron 55 Tries to win, as a damsel 56 Furry “Star Wars” creature 57 Kills 59 Sporty Pontiac 60 Bewitch 61 It’s mined


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH You might want to rethink an issue that keeps coming up in different forms. You could be exhausted by everything that is going on. Reach out to a friend for feedback. Tonight: A force to be noticed. STLtoday.com/horoscopes Get expanded horoscope information: star charts, peak times, outlooks and Chinese Zodiac data.