Chicago Sun-Times - - WEATHER - BY FRANK STE­WART

“I’ve begged and ca­joled,” Cy the Cynic told me. “She’s as ob­sti­nate as death.”

Min­nie Bot­toms, my club’s se­nior mem­ber, wears old bi­fo­cals that make her mix up kings and jacks, of­ten to her op­po­nents’ dis­may. She vic­tim­izes Cy more than any­one. He has tried, fu­tilely, to get her to visit an op­tometrist.

Min­nie was to­day’s South in a penny game, and Cy, West, led the five of spades against 3NT: four, ten ... and Min­nie won with the king! She led a heart to dummy and passed the nine of di­a­monds.

Over­trick: “I took the queen,” Cy told me, “and led the queen of spades. Min­nie took dummy’s ace and forced out my ace of di­a­monds. When I led a third spade, she pro­duced the jack and made an over­trick.”

Min­nie thought her king of spades was the jack. If she wins the first spade with the jack, Cy will shift to clubs when he takes the queen of di­a­monds, and the de­fense gets three clubs and two di­a­monds.

“I’ll pay for her eye exam,” the Cynic grum­bled. “I’ll also pay for new glasses.” Daily ques­tion

You hold: ♠ KJ8 ♥ Q76 ♦ KJ852 ♣ A 4. Nei­ther side vul­ner­a­ble. The dealer, at your right, opens one spade. What do you say?

An­swer: This hand is good for de­fense, not so good for of­fense. To over­call in di­a­monds at the two level with a ragged suit is ask­ing for trou­ble — if not im­me­di­ately, then later when your part­ner over­com­petes. You might sur­vive a take­out dou­ble or a hun­gry 1NT over­call, but a pass is your sound­est ac­tion. South dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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