Friday, April 23, 2010
THE BAXTER BULLETIN, Mountain Home, Ark.
It’s a failure to communicate Both Vulnerable South West North East 1NT Pass 3NT Pass Pass Pass
Which of West’s 4-card suits would you lead against 3NT? As North did not bother with Stayman, there would be a tendency to lead a major in this situation. So, let us assume that West leads his fourth best heart, if only because it’s the stronger suit. East’s MA won the opening lead, the heart seven was returned to Declarer’s queen and West’s king, and the third round of the suit knocked out Declarer’s heart stopper, setting up a third heart winner for the defense. Next Declarer played on diamonds. East won the ace and, being out of hearts, shifted to a spade, won by Declarer. Thanks to the 4-1 diamond break there was still a diamond to be lost, but eventually Declarer was able
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to rustle up his ninth trick in the suit. Poor West never did score that third heart trick, and the defense had to make do with two hearts and two diamonds. West slipped up when he won the second round of hearts. With no quick entry, West must keep the heart suit as the line of communication between the E-W hands. So West must duck the second trick, letting Declarer have her heart trick early and leaving East in a position to lead hearts again when he gets in with the LA. Now the defense scores three heart tricks and two diamonds, and that’s down one. The defense did not shine here, and had to do
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everything just wrong to let 3NT make. A club or a spade opening lead would beat the contract ... as would a heart lead and a (nonobvious) spade shift by East at trick two ... or the aforementioned heart lead and duck of the second round of hearts. Brian Gunnell is a Diamond Life Master of the American Contract Bridge
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When gardeners move:
A little planning can relieve anxiety By DEAN FOSDICK For The Associated Press
Selling a home can be sad and stressful for gardeners leaving behind members of their extended plant family. Many are living memories. Maybe it’s the iris bulbs that bloomed in your mother’s garden, or the low-slung trees your kids used to climb. It could be the shrubs marking the place where family pets lie buried, or some lovingly tended roses climbing an entry. So why not bring them along? Two reasons: It might not be practical — perhaps they’re simply too large — and doing so might void the sales contract. “Property listings and purchase agreements specifically reference such landscape fixtures as trees, plants, bulbs and shrubs,” said Ron Phipps, president-elect of the National Association of Realtors. “Many people don’t read the fine print but it’s in there. There are few parts of the country where those provisions don’t apply.” Phipps, a real estate
agent from Warwick, R.I., suggests that home sellers disclose any plants or cuttings they intend to take with them. “Failing to do that probably won’t invalidate the deal, but you don’t want to be in a situation where the buyer takes you to small claims court because you didn’t go along with its terms,” Phipps said. “When in doubt, spell it out. List them as you would a dining room fixture or window treatments.” Many growing things don’t react well to new locations. That goes for plants with extensive root systems, plants unable to cope with different hardiness zones or plants on official not-wanted lists. Agricultural states often restrict certain plants, fearing the introduction of invasive, insect-ridden or diseased species into native stocks. So what are grieving gardeners to do? They might try: • Negotiating trades. “I once represented a couple who had been given a tree as an anniversary gift,”
Phipps said. “It was a small tree but it was important to them. We brought in a new tree to replace it. We negotiated the swap as an exception to the (sales) agreement.” • Providing a detailed user’s manual. Diagrams, photographs and step-bystep instructions can greatly help new owners care for an unfamiliar garden, said Mark Glenn, a self-described “Hosta-holic” and an agent with Coldwell Banker Burnet in Minneapolis. “For a short time, at least.” • Taking cuttings from favorite plants. This is not foolproof, but it can produce clones. • Helping with the changeover. “I knew a woman who had to sell her house because of a divorce,” Phipps said. The garden “had been her canvas and it broke her heart to move. She gained permission from the new owners to come back and visit, and often she did. She also did some transitional work with them for a few years.”
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• Taking containerized plants or yard art when they move. “In our area, the custom is potted plants can be removed because they’re portable,” Phipps said. “If they’re in the ground, they’re treated differently.” • Keeping a photographic record. “Take the best photos you can, covering as much of your garden as possible, to remember what a wonderful part of your life it has been,” said Wanda Teays, chair of the Philosophy Department at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. “Then move on. Don’t drive back every week or month or year to see what’s changed. You’ll never be happy.”
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