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Saturday, June 16, 2012

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The Union

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Section C

COMICS B.C.

BRIDGE

CROSSWORD

Johnny Hart

Phillip Alder

Born Loser

Chip Sonsom

HOW CAN YOU AVOID THE ‘INEVITABLE’?

Frank and Ernest

Blondie

Bob Thaves

Dean Young & Denis Lebrun

Better Half

Sally Forth

Randy Glasbergen

Greg Howard & Craig MacIntosh

Andy Capp Garfield

Walter Annenberg, a publisher, philanthropist and diplomat who died in 2002, said, “Adversity tests us from time to time, and it is inevitable that this testing continues during life.” Bridge tests us all the time, and it is inevitable that this testing continues during every deal. True, some deals are easy, but most require careful thought. In this example, South is in four hearts. West guesses well to lead the spade ace and continue with his other spade. What should be the outcome? West was a tad light for a two-level overcall, but he had a six-card suit. South might have rebid three notrump, but North would surely have retreated to four hearts. If South plays without thinking, he will immediately lead a trump. However, East will take this trick and give his partner a spade ruff. Then West will exit safely with a club and await a diamond trick to defeat the contract. West’s opening salvo is surely from a doubleton. And although West might also have the heart ace, declarer should fear that he does not. The secret is for South, before touching trumps, to cash his club ace, play a club to dummy’s king, and ruff a club with a high trump. Then he leads a heart. Notice the difference. East wins and delivers the spade ruff, but West has only diamonds left in his hand. He must lead away from the king, giving declarer one spade, four hearts, two diamonds, two clubs and a diamond ruff on the board. This extraction of an opponent’s safe exit cards is known as the Dentist’s Coup. COPYRIGHT: 2012, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE DISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL UCLICK FOR UFS 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106; 816-581-7500

Reg Smythe

Jim Davis

Family Circus Dilbert

Bil Keane

Scott Adams

Rose is Rose

Pat Brady

NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD PUZZLE Across 1 Drinking problem 9 If all goes swimmingly 15 Sugar 16 André and Mia adopted her 17 Changeproducing agent

Pearls Before Swine

Stephan Pastis

18 Water park recreation 19 Big dogs

31 Emmy-winning 58 2009-11 show of 2007, ’08 Republican and ’09 National Committee 35 Rom. tongue chairman 36 Didn’t demur 59 Their voices 37 Face-topping really carry figure 38 1955 Dior debut 40 Tiropita ingredient 41 Maximally mean 42 Nearly flawless bodies?

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For Better or For Worse

Lynn Johnston

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Puzzle by Caleb Madison

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