Baltimore Sun : 2019-12-02

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10 SPORTS THE BALTIMORE SUN | | MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019 Available on your smartphone and computer at baltimores­un.com/jumble ● the new york times crossword no. 1028 Frank Stewart Bridge Play North dealer N-S vulnerable “Arguing with my wife is like reading the Microsoft user agreement,” a club player told me. “Your best bet is to ignore it and just click on ‘I accept.’” He was today’s East, and West led a trump against six spades. South drew trumps and led a club to dummy’s eight, his percentage play to avoid two club losers. “I took my ten and shifted to a diamond,” East said. “South put up the ace and led a heart to dummy’s jack. He cashed the A-K of hearts to pitch a club, took the ace of clubs and ruffed a club. When the suit broke 3-3, he threw his diamond loser on the 13th club. Making six.” ACROSS 58 Senator Cruz 59 Safe … or how the last words of 16-, 23- and 49-Across are made? 63 Swellhead’s problem 64 Mind-boggling designs 65 Barnyard honker 66 Droop, as an old couch 67 Ready for picking 68 Wander off 1 Hollywood trophy 6 Paleo diet restrictio­n, informally 10 Tiebreaker periods, for short 13 Pinterest posting 14 Skater Harding 15 Minor criticism 16 Look (at) 18 “As I see things …,” in a text 19 Pronoun for a yacht 20 Facts and figures 21 Cook under a hot flame 23 Singer with the 2018 #1 hit “Thank U, Next” 26 Giant in test prep 29 Fallback option 30 Sir ___ Newton 31 All there mentally 33 Chutzpah 36 Reno’s home: Abbr. 37 “Address” for Springstee­n’s band 40 Viscous substance 41 Black-tie affair 43 Sneaker named for a cat 44 Like argon or neon 46 The Hunter constellat­ion Evil-repelling charm 49 Locale for London’s Royal Opera House 53 What a crying emoji means 54 Roald who created Willy Wonka Little mischiefma­ker NORTH Q 10 3 2 AKJ Q3 AJ98 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ WEST 96 Q 10 9 KJ952 762 EAST 7 75432 10 8 6 4 K Q 10 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ SOUTH AKJ854 86 A7 543 ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ North 1 NT 4 4 East Pass Pass Pass South 3 4 6 West Pass Pass All Pass DOWN ♠ ♦ ♠ 1 Chooses, with “for” 2 Ousted Iranian ruler 3 Soft drink in a red can 4 Snacked on 5 Monaco Grand Prix, e.g. 6 Late-night host O’Brien 7 In addition 8 Bread for a Reuben sandwich 9 10-time Grammy winner Streisand 10 Alternativ­e to a bialy 11 Lacking courage 12 Didn’t ask before taking 14 “See ya!,” for a Brit 17 Pick up, as yards in football 22 Tolled, as bells 23 Pie ___ mode 24 Sleeper’s breathing problem 25 Sheer delight 26 Checker after reaching the other side of the board ♣ ♥ ♠ Opening lead — 6 NEXT DEAL “My wife insisted that the slam should fail. I don’t know what she meant, but arguing is a waste of time. I accepted her complainin­g, and we played the next deal.” It’s not hard to argue that East handed South the contract. East must win the first club with the king and lead a diamond. South will surely take the ace and lead a second club to the nine, playing West for Q-10-6-2. By houqin Burnikel ANSWER TO SATURDA ’S PU LE DAILY QUESTION 47 Opposite of alfresco 48 Condition treated with Ritalin, in brief 49 References, as prior court decisions 50 Luxury Swiss watch 51 Love to death 52 Vessel in which to shoot the rapids 55 Composer Stravinsky 56 Flat-topped hill 57 Gazelles, for cheetahs 60 News inits. since 1958 61 Light touch 62 “What’s ___ to like?” 27 On the ocean 28 Salivating animal in a classic conditioni­ng study 31 Attacked by hornets 32 Elbow’s place 34 Folk tales 35 Trent ___, former Senate majority leader 38 Feature of a cheetah’s coat 39 Problems with glitchy livestream­s 42 Carpet measuremen­t 45 Mother Teresa, for one ♠ ♥ ♦ ♣ You hold: Q 10 3 2 AKJ Q3 A J 9 8. You open 1NT, and your partner bids three spades. North in today’s deal then bid four clubs with this hand. Do you agree with that action? North’s bid was correct, or at least reasonable. He would have returned to 3NT without spade support or raised to four spades with an average hand and spade support. His four clubs was an “advance cue bid,” showing excellent support and maximum values. ANSWER: ©2019 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 48 Annual subscripti­ons are available for the best of Sunday crosswords from the last 50 years: 1-888-7-ACROSS. Online subscripti­ons: Today’s puzzle and more than 2,000 past puzzles, nytimes.com/crosswords ($39.95 a year). Share tips: nytimes.com/wordplay. Crosswords for young solvers: nytimes.com/ learning/xwords. , - % ! " ! # $ ! % $ & ! ' () ! " $ ! ## % * & " $ $ " # ! " $ # & * ! $ ! % ! ## # & " $ ! $" $ " & + % 55 12/2/19

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