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would have done here) was fea­si­ble. That would have net­ted only 200 from down one. In­stead North, lik­ing his of­fen­sive po­ten­tial, com­peted with five di­a­monds.

De­clarer has to draw trumps with­out loss. If the op­po­nents had not bid, cash­ing the ace and the king would be math­e­mat­i­cally slightly su­pe­rior ( by about two per­cent) to cash­ing the ace and fi­ness­ing on the sec­ond round ( nine never). But now the odds have changed. West has only five spa­ces for the di­a­mond queen, while East has 11. Fi­ness­ing on round two is now al­most twice as good a play.

Even bet­ter is to start with dummy’s jack. If East plays low smoothly, South puts up his ace. If the queen drops, fine; if not, de­clarer re­turns to the board with a club and plays a di­a­mond to his 10. The plus of start­ing with the jack comes when East er­ro­neously cov­ers while hold­ing all four trumps.

How many words of four or more let­ters can you make from the let­ters shown in to­day’s puz­zle? In mak­ing a word, each let­ter may be used once only. Each word must con­tain the let­ter at the top of the pyra­mid. There should be at least one nine let­ter word. Plu­rals, for­eign words and proper names are not al­lowed.

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