The Weekend Australian - Review : 2020-09-19

Mind Games : 25 : 25

Mind Games

Mind games 25 Solutions this page NORTH K 10 9 6 3 A K Q A J 7 6 4 ♠ ♥ ♦ P U R P U R P O S E O S E ♣ WEST EAST Dealer South, both sides vulnerable. Q 8 7 10 8 6 5 4 K 10 8 5 3 4 2 J 9 3 Q 4 3 2 J 9 8 6 ♠ ♠ ♥ ♦ ♥ ♦ ♣ ♣ SOUTH A J 5 7 2 9 A K Q 10 7 5 2 ♠ cryptosum Each symbol represents a different digit from 1 to 9. The sum of the digits in each row and column is shown. Can you work out which digit each symbol stands for? When you have replaced each symbol in the square, find the sum of the numbers along the diagonal line that starts in the top left-hand corner. ♥ ♦ ♣ SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♣ 3♥(1) 4♥(3) 6♣(5) pass pass pass pass 1♠ 4♦(2) 4NT(4) 7♣ pass pass pass all pass 1. Three-card spade support, good clubs and forcing to game. 2. Key card ask in clubs. 3. Three key cards. 4. Asking for the queen of clubs. 5. I have the queen but no outside kings. West leads a low diamond against your grand slam. Obviously, you win the ace of diamonds. What do you play next? Greco made a key play at trick two – he ruffed a diamond. What is the difference, did you ask? Take a look. The ace-king of clubs reveals the bad break. Now a heart to the ace, diamond ruff, heart to the king, diamond ruff, ace of spades, spade to the king and the queen of hearts, pitching the third spade. There are two cards left, you have the queen, ten of clubs and dummy is on lead. East is caught in a trump coup. None of this would have been possible if you did not ruff a diamond at trick two. Paul Marston 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 advanced, yesterday 6 9 1 7 5 2 3 8 4 7 8 2 4 3 6 1 9 5 3 4 5 1 9 8 7 2 6 9 2 6 5 8 1 4 7 3 8 1 4 6 7 3 9 5 2 5 7 3 2 4 9 8 6 1 1 3 8 9 6 5 2 4 7 4 6 9 3 2 7 5 1 8 257814639 tip If 2 lines have all but one symbol in common and the difference between the line totals is 8, then the different symbols must represent 1 and 9. a b c d e f g h a b c d e f g h Therese Moodie-Bloom is a former director of Mensa Internatio­nal tmb@ozemail.com.au © TM-B2020 Paul Broekhuyse paulbroekh­uyse@gmail.com easy, yesterday 4 5 6 1 7 8 9 2 3 3 2 7 9 4 5 6 1 8 1 9 8 3 2 6 7 5 4 2 8 3 6 5 7 4 9 1 714893265 5 6 9 2 1 4 3 8 7 8 3 5 7 6 2 1 4 9 9 4 2 5 3 1 8 7 6 6 7 1 4 8 9 5 3 2 September 19-20, 2020