The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 8, 2008 · Page 334
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SATl'RnAV. MARCH S. 200S Comics Plus IU1I.YIIKRAI.I) SKCIION :> PAGE 5 Phillip Alder/Bridge North 03-08-08 A 7 6 2 ¥ K 6 5 2 * A K J 4 ^t Q O *I* O O West East A K Q J 10 5 A 8 3 V 7 4 ¥.11098 * 10 6 3 4985 * ? 9 2 4» ? 10 7 6 South A A 9 4 V A Q 3 4 Q 7 2 * K J 5 4 Dealer: South Vulnerable: Both South West North East INT Pass 2* Pass 2 * Pass 3 NT All pass Opening lead: A K When you need to know the split Monday we looked at benefiting from the Rule of Seven. You are in three no-trump. Your only high card in the led suit is the ace (or the king, if righty wins the first trick with the ace). You subtract the number of cards your side has in this suit from seven, and hold up your ace for that number of rounds. It is a boon at the right moment. Far too often, though, it jumps up and bites you. This deal highlights another occasion when you should ignore the rule. Why? Against three no-trump, West leads the spade king. What would you do? Stayman is a great convention if you find a 4-4 fit in a major. But if you do not have a 4-4 fit, ignore Stayman. Of course, until you use Stayman, you will not know if you have a 4-4 fit — it is a classic Catch 22. You have eight top tricks: one spade, three hearts and four diamonds. You have no problems if hearts are 3-3, but if they break 4-2, which is more likely, you will need a club trick. If you follow the Rule of Seven, you will take the second spade trick. Then you will test the hearts, getting the bad news. You can run the diamonds, but you will have to play a club, and what would be your poison? You should wait until the third round of spades to learn how the suit is splitting. Here, it is 5-2. Now, assuming hearts are 4-2 or worse, you know that if West has the club ace, you will go down. You must assume East has that card and play a club to your king. (Yes, if spades are 4-3, you will have to guess clubs.) Sudoku Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusive 6 2 2 3 8 4 9 3 7 6 5 3 9 4 8 9 6 4 3 6 5 3 DIFFICULTY RATING:' Yesterday's solution 7 5 3 8 2 9 6 4 4 6 9 5 3 7 8 2 2 8 6 4 9 3 5 7 2 6 4 7 3 5 9 8 3 7 4 9 8 5 2 6 8 9 5 6 2 4 7 3 5 8 7 3 9 6 2 4 9 4 2 7 8 6 3 5 6 3 2 5 4 7 8 9 DILBERT BY SCOn ADAMS UALLV, THIS IS YOUR NEW TEAtt LEADER. HE SPELLS HIS NAttE LIKE JESUS BUT IT'S PRONOUNCED HAY-SOOS. IF YOU DO WHAT JESUS WOULD DO, YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT. I HAVE A COFFEE STAIN THAT LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU. I GET THAT A LOT. PICKLES BY BRIAN CRANE ME THE REMOTE, EARL. WOO'RE W&r &OIWG To FAU, ASLEEP lNFf?ONTOPTHE UU I MO, I MEAM N\V MANP HAS CRAMPEP UP FROM HOLDIMS IT 50 TI6MT 1 WEEP VOOTo HELP ME PISEM&A6E IT. MONTY BY JIM MEDDICK JUDGE PARKER BY WILSON & LEDOUX MOST HI6H-TSCH FOUt-TKY 3AKKS AKG U&HT-TkSHT ANP INfULATSP! BIG NATE BY LINCOLN PEIRCE YOU K.NOW. TEACHERS ARE SUPPOSED TO TREAT EVEKVONE THE SAME'. BUT MRS. 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Each day the code letters are different. 3-8 CRYPTOQUOTE XTGQG TUW OGZGQ 1GGO U WXUXMG GQGPXGF XII XTG N G N 11 Q J II R W 11 N G II O G ATM D G X A G D D G O 1-1 M K T U D 11 O G . — EMDGW GDDSOKGQ Yesterday's Cryptoquote: SCIENCE MAY NEVER COME UP WITH A BETTER OFFICE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM THAN THE COFFEE BREAK. — EARL WILSON !.'.' 20IIK. King KMCUITS SyriiliiMlf Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Startled cries 4 Pull a fast one 7 Limp-watch painter 11 Sci-fi Doctor 12 Admirer 13 Idyllic spot 14 Ship's need (2 wds.) 16 Give credit 17 Rat replacements 18 Cheddar type 20 Be in debt 21 Takes a good look 22 Doggerel 25 Murray or Rice 27 Pizarro's quest 28 Met celeb 30 Soap target 34 Jules Verne captain 36 Ruler of Venice 38 Gleeful shout 39 Meg — of films 41 Inert gas 43 Karachi language 45 Popular movie 46 Mild onions 48 Split to join 52 Mix it up 53 Turn off 55 Sudden impulse 56 Does road work & 2IHJ8, Newspaper 57 Kyoto honorific 58 Parade feature 59 Aurora, to Socrates 60 Hog's abode DOWN 1 Night hunters 2 Beat to a froth 3 Couch 4 Desist 5 Numskull 6 Brownie morsels 7 Not on time 8 Love dearly 9 Bounds 10 Place to sleep 12 Fixed tea 15 Winged god 19 Chick's parent 22 — Braun of rockets 23 Previous 24 Computer term 25 Stratford's river 26 Harp on 29 Potato st. 31 John, in Aberdeen 32 Letter before sigma 33 Neutral shade 35 Gave a command 37 Banishes 40 Hearty laugh 42 O07's alma mater 43 Very very 44 Wear the crown 45 Whodunit suspects 47 Fill to excess 49 Move the puck 50 Coup d'— 51 Refute 52 Long sandwich 54 Mekong native

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