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Born Loser by Chip Sansom

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For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley

PearLs BeFore sWine by Stephan Pastis

tundra by Chad Carpenter

Frank & ernest by Bob Thaves

Bound & GaGGed by Dana Summers

red & rover by Brian Basset

Curtis by Ray Billingsley

CLose to HoMe by John McPherson

MarMaduke by Brad Anderson

oFF tHe Mark by Mark Parisi

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by Frank Stewart

queen won, but East got his jack of trumps, and Louie also had to lose two diamonds. Down one.

First club

North’s face said quite a bit, but he let his mouth do most of the talking. Louie should win the first club in his hand and finesse in hearts. If the finesse lost, he would need to bring in the trumps and would finesse with the queen, hoping East had K-x. When the heart finesse wins, Louie can afford one trump loser but not two. He plays as safe as he can by leading a trump to his ace. If East-West played low, Louie would return to dummy to lead a second trump.

Daily question

You hold: ♠ A Q 6 5 4 ♥ 7 3 ◆ A 8 6 2 ♣ K 8. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade, he bids two clubs and you try two diamonds. Partner then rebids two hearts. What do you say? Answer: Treat your partner’s bidding as showing a six-card or strong five-card heart suit. Since you have a possible ruffing feature in clubs with prime values elsewhere, bid four hearts. (In some partnerships, partner’s two hearts would not guarantee a powerful suit.)

Today’s soLUTIon: “You can always tell when a man’s well-informed. His views are pretty much like yours.” — Bob Hope

Today’s answer

Unlucky Louie, who has raised a houseful of kids, observes that the face of a child can say it all — especially the mouth part. When Louie was today’s declarer, he won the first club with dummy’s ace to try a trump finesse with his queen. West gratefully took his king and led another club, and Louie won and cashed the ace of trumps. When West discarded. Louie groaned and next finessed in hearts. Dummy’s


Grand Rapids Press - 03/17/13 - L8