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Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Puzzles - John Comyn

WE are now en­ter­ing the busiest time of the whole sea­son. We start with the Spuro and Coen Tro­phies for mixed pairs and teams this com­ing week­end and then straight into Cam­rose tri­als. Then a whole host of Congress week­ends — start­ing with Done­gal, then Dun­dalk, Ken­mare and Kilkenny — with se­nior tri­als also at the end of Novem­ber.

The congress in Drogheda at­tracted huge num­bers last week­end, but some­thing seems to have gone wrong with the move­ment dur­ing the congress pairs. Still, it was an­other big suc­cess and that doesn’t di­min­ish a thing.

And well done to Tom Han­lon, Hugh McGann, Nick Fitzgib­bon, Adam Mes­bur, Tommy Gar­vey and John Car­roll who did very well in the World Open cham­pi­onships in Or­lando.

Nick and Adam reached the quar­ter-fi­nal of the team event with an In­dian pair while Tom and Hugh got to the semi-fi­nal of the A pairs, with John and Tommy qual­i­fy­ing to the semi-fi­nal of the B pairs — at which point I would like to of­fer my sin­cere con­do­lences to Tom Han­lon on the death of his fa­ther, also named Tom.

All pass

Very dif­fi­cult for S to pass with that huge hand, but 4S can’t be beaten. The 2S open­ing is Tar­tan.

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