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ACROSS

1 One has to be quick to keep one’s ti­tle (4,4)

5 Floods mak­ing one head into the ship (6) 10 Blown off in a film (4,4,3,4)

11 In­cline to take a man on a shoot (7)

12 Isn’t forced to be such a fool (7)

13 Out of puff (8)

15 It’s not fash­ion­able to be seen in silk voile (5)

18 Lack­ing en­ergy to get dressed (5)

20 Son is spy out to get a gen­eral view (8) 23 In the end a char­ac­ter shows cun­ning (7) 25 Se­ri­ous as a Sterne novel can be (7) 26 In Hull see law­men drunk as an old lord (7,8)

27 Ten­der, rel­a­tively speak­ing (6) 28 Sug­gested the money-mak­ing player sat for a por­trait (8)

Yes­ter­day’s so­lu­tions: Across: Down: DOWN

1 A mem­ber took in the mes­sen­ger (6)

2 In France I could be a banker, per­haps (9) 3 Drove the pris­oner, now a bro­ken reed (7) 4 John’s not back­ing the Span­ish head (5) 6 Con­tin­ued the jour­ney, say, from town (7) 7 The City Ex­am­iner (5)

8 Pre­par­ing to mount (8)

9 Tol­er­ate wrong­do­ing when one acts as deputy (6,2)

14 See about a flower in the wind (8) 16 Quiet – not so much row at the front (9) 17 Re­in­forces at­tacks made over the marsh­lands (8)

19 In off-side po­si­tion, one may ar­gue (7) 21 Norm cut the veg­etable (7)

22 Pen was over-fash­ioned (6)

24 Comes close to dis­tract­ing saner char­ac­ters (5)

25 It may put you out to find the Queen out­side (5)

- 1 Tug-of-war. 5 Stolid. 9 Come over. 10 Moulds. 12 Loofah. 13 Bloom­ing. 15 Per­son of note. 18 Over one’s head. 23 Lets slip. 24 Scarce. 26 Po­etry. 27 To be sure. 28 Easter. 29 Mat­tress.

- 1 Tickle. 2 Gam­bol. 3 Footage. 4 Apex. 6 Took off. 7 Lol­lipop. 8 De­signed. 11 Blanche. 14 Ascetic. 16 Col­lapse. 17 Restless. 19 Ob­serve. 20 An­cient. 21 Grouse. 22 Lev­els. 25 Lola.

Find the phrase, say­ing or name in this ar­rrange­ment of let­ters

A MAN, A PLAN, DOWN ONE

“You never men­tion your col­leagues,” I said to my friend the English pro­fes­sor. “Do any of them have in­ter­est­ing spe­cial­ties?” “We have an au­thor­ity on palin­dromes,” the prof said: “Dr. Awk­ward.”

To­day’s de­clarer found the play at his slam awk­ward. He put up dummy’s king of clubs, and East won and re­turned a club. South threw a di­a­mond and took the queen. South next cashed the A-K of di­a­monds and ruffed a di­a­mond high. He led a spade to his king and ruffed his last di­a­mond high. He had no more side losers, but it did him no good: When he led a trump to his ace, West dis­carded, and East got a trump trick.

Able Was I

“Able was I ere I saw Elba,” the prof mut­tered at South, “and ere I saw you play the dummy.”

South can lead a trump to his ace at Trick Three. When West shows out, South con­tin­ues thus: A-K of di­a­monds, K-A of spades, spade ruff, di­a­mond ruff high, club ruff, di­a­mond ruff high. He wins the last two tricks with high trumps.

Daily Ques­tion

A852 Q 10 5 3 65 ♣K Q 2. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one heart, he bids two clubs and you try 2NT. Part­ner then bids three di­a­monds. What do you say?

Your part­ner sug­gests six di­a­monds, four clubs and ex­tra strength. With a min­i­mum 6-4 hand, he would have re­bid two di­a­monds. Bid three spades, show­ing some­thing in spades but doubt about notrump. If part­ner has 3, K 6, A Q J 10 7 4, A J 9 4, five di­a­monds will be best.

AN­SWER: South dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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