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The Buffalo News - - COMICS - By Frank Ste­wart

Cy the Cynic’s for­mer job is a mys­tery. Cy replies to our ques­tions with enig­matic an­swers.

“I know you won’t re­veal what you did,” I said, “but at least tell me if it was hard work.”

“Some days,” Cy replied, “I got noth­ing done be­cause noth­ing else could wait.”

Some de­clar­ers won’t wait to draw trumps. To­day’s de­clarer ruffed the third heart and led a di­a­mond: six, king. East ducked. South next … drew trumps. He took three high clubs, and when East dis­carded, de­clarer led a di­a­mond to the queen. He lost two di­a­monds: down one.

Af­ter South wins Trick Four, he can lead a trump to his hand and a sec­ond di­a­mond to the queen. If East wins and leads a trump,

South can win in dummy, ruff a di­a­mond, go to the king of clubs and draw trumps. He takes the A-Q of clubs and dummy’s last trump for 10 tricks.

Or, South might take the K-Q of trumps. When EastWest fol­low, South sets up the clubs with a high ruff in dummy, draws trumps with the ace and takes two good clubs.

You hold: ´ AQ54 ™ Q3© 52 ® AQ854.Your­part­ner opens one heart, and the next player passes. What do you say?

An­swer: The cor­rect call is two clubs. If your hand were worth only one con­struc­tive re­sponse, you would look for a fit in a ma­jor suit. Hence, with Q542,Q3,52,AQ854, you would re­spond one spade. With the ac­tual hand, re­spond nor­mally in your long suit. If part­ner re­bids two hearts, you can con­tinue eco­nom­i­cally with a bid of two spades. South dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

NORTH KJ63 965 KQ74 K7

WEST 92 KJ72 J86 J1063 SOUTH AQ54 Q3 52 AQ854 South West North East 1 ® Pass 1 Pass 1 ´ Pass 4 All Pass Open­ing lead –

EAST 1087 A1084 A1093 92 2

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