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m~\ M" A.NY'S the place in New York where
] ! \/ I you car. hnve lunch. There's no
j ?*? * -*- dearth of establishments where for a
J higher consideration you can have
9 luncheon. Here and there you may find a
fashionable spot, where you may wade through
a barrage of perfume, coat checking privileges
and reservations and call what you eat petit
dejroner if you don't mind the cost plus basis.
Be your objective a mouthful of food or an
earful of gossip, you need not seek far for the
restaurant to your taste. But if you are look?
ing for some nook where neither noonday eat?
ing nor the price thereof is a serious matter,
a haunt where haste is not at your elbow but
"atmosphere" is. then your quest is a more
difficult one.
If you find such a place you and your com?
panion should at once give the passwords.
You remark. "So quaint, don't you think?"
And she instantly responds. "Awfully 1"
Such a plac?- is lhat one-time stable, where
they tie on the nosebag figuratively only. To
be. enlirely in the spirit you should order rolled
oats and bran muffins and reflectively lick a
large hunk of nick salt, bin they do not insist
on that under ordinary circumstances. But
perhaps in the stress of the excitement of the
fire they had there the other day they did
blindfold the lunchers and lead them ont. pal?
ling them murmuring, "Steady there, old fel?
Then there's the after-dinner coffee hou?-?i
air of the ten room named after a famous
actress. The waitresses wear the costume of
her period, with cap and panniers, which may
be exceedingly handy receptacles for tips. The
old prints, candle brackets and hanging lamps
so carry one hack into the past that it must
be difficult to resist the temptation to inquire
of one of the waitress."- who may closely re
semblo the famous Peg, "Say, what is there to
this talk about you and Davy Garrick?"
Or you may wander through that pictur?
esque yard of stone garden statuary awaiting
its call to the stately lawns of some great
estate and lunch under blackened eaves among
brass kettles and ancient crockery. A quiet and
secluded spot it is, free from the strenuousness
?if the great city, save for the sound of the
whipping of prunes and apricots destined for
delicious desserts.
Or down toward the waterfront you may
discover that hold where buccaneers once sat
at table, rattling their cutlasses ami necKonjng
with their hook arms for the host to approach
and cut their red meat into pieces of eight."
Among venerable surroundings is a small
inn, where the cooking is both Southern and
scientific, odd as such a C03nbination may seem.
Above the door, festooned in a border of
church warilen pipes, should hang oue or both
of these warnings:
"Here the. road to obesity is paved with good
"Abandon all diets ye who enter here."
THERE are many situations at the cara
table in which the player has to take a
chance, and the decision as to his tak?
ing that chance usually depends on
>hat hQ hfi-5 to lose or to gain. Every one is
?miliar with the player who always takes a
Inesse, whether he has anything to gain by it
?not, and the player who always takes it for
panted the trumps are split when he leads the
'?"I'd round, without stopping to consider
vhat happens if they are not.
Deschapelles, the leading authority on finess
Jj*in his day if not the originator of some of
??important variations, lays it down as an
*Xlom that one should never finesse if the only
'?Ult will be to win a trick or lose it. That is,
??less there is something to be gained by the
messe which otherwise would inevitably be
lost the finesse is idle.
When there is a chance to be taken that can
"?ke the difference of orly a trick we come to
e consideration of the value of that trick. A
ick that just wins the rubber is worth more
??!? 25? Points. The trick that wins two by
-???". where on?? would have been all, is not
n'orth more than ten points, but the trick that
ns the odd or stops at the book is worth
m?re tha? fifty, as it saves the contract.
Wy few players give sufficient thought to
nc enhanced value of certain tricks at certain
'u?es of the game. A spade contract that is
*?od for three-odd laid down, and might make
0Ur if a guarded king of clubs in dummy
ct>u]c? safa a tr-ck) {3emands that tho u-hole
f)ay shall be directed to making that club
" Is the doubt about certain tricks that
?Wl good players to postpone any attempt to
P*8 them until they get a line on the situa
!on by the play of the rest of.the hand. They
*y find tho trick they want is hopeless if
J*y lead the suit, but that it can be made if
** Adversaries have to lead it for them.
T?tere are other hands in which the chances
must be taken at once, or, at least, very early
in the play, as one cannot afford to part with
the winning cards that are needed to carry
out the plan. If the object of the play is on
the table, where the. adversaries can see it.
the defense that the player has most likely
to meet is false carding, because it will then
be the aim of his opponents to throw him off
the track if they can.
Many a declarer has been deceived into
thinking a queen would drop on the second
round by the play of an interior card on the
first round, there still being a smaller one to
guard the queen. Against such tactics the
thing for the declarer to consider is whether
it matters if it is a false card. In the second
column is rather an interesting hand in which
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a little carelessness in this respect ruined a
good score.
Z dealt and bid no-trump, which A and ?
passed, B asking for a diamond lead, bidding
two in that suit. This is a good bid with
two re-entries. Z went back to two no-trumps
nn<\ A did not assist the diamonds, preferring
to play to save the game. Three diamonds
would be set, but B could have made two.
The opening was a diamond, and the queen
won the ten. The suit to play for is dummy's
clubs, and if they are split, five of them make,
but a? there is no re-entry in dummy but the
club ace Z must, lead the nine, so as to un?
block, and refuse to play the ace, no matter
what falls from A.
A played the ten and B won the trick with
the jack. Then he led one of his two equals
in diamonds to clear that suit, and Z won with
the. queen, still holding the guarded nine. An?
other club, and the king dropped from A's
hand. TrTis totally deceived Z, who imagined
that B held the queen, and by putting up the
ace of clubs he would make them all.
When B discarded the ten of hearts Z saw
his error and led a heart, winning the trick
with the king. Another heart put A in. who
led the top spade after making his jack of dia?
monds. The ace of spades and nine of dia?
monds left Z down two tricks on his contract.
liad Z stopped to consider the club situ?
ation he would have seen that it did not mat?
ter whether B had the queen or not. If the
queen falls. Z still has a club to lead for the
third round and every suit stopped. If it does
not fall he is still certain of his contract, if
not the game, no matter what A leads next.
The ace of hearts and jack of diamonds are the
only tricks left for A and B if they take them
at once. A shift to the spades would save
game, but would not set the contract.
Here is the solution of Problem No. 100, in
which hearts were trumps, Z to lead and Y-Z
to win all seven tricks:
Z starts with the spade queen, which A cov?
ers and Y trumps with the king or ace. Y
then leads the king of diamonds, which Y must
overtake with the ace so as to return the jack.
This A covers and Y again trumps with the
are or king.
When Y leads the smallest of his three
trumps Z is able to overtake it and regain
the lead, at the same time forcing a discard
from B, which settles matters, as B cannot
guard everything.
If A declines to cover the return of the dia?
mond, the jack wins and Z leads a third dia?
mond, with the same result. So if A refuses
to cover the spade on the first trick, Y discards
a club and Z leads another spade.
Queries and Answers
Question?The dealer bids no trump, doubled
by the fourth hand and redoubled by the
dcale?*. Docs this redouble relieve the second
hand from the necessity of answering the
double? Second hand held four spades to the
nine, king and two small diamonds, king,
queen small in hearts, queen and two small in
clubs. I'Yurth hand can bid after the re?
double.?C. O.
Answer?The double is made to get a line
on the most numerous suit in the partner's
hand, so as to avoid guessing. If the fourth
hand is to be left to guess at a suit after the
redouble he might as well have guessed at it
in the first place, without, doubling. If the
second hand passes, he says he thinks he can
defeat the no-trumper, if Ihc double is sound.
If not, he must call the spades, his longest
Question?The dealer bids two hearts, hold?
ing eight to the king, queen, jack; king, jack
small in diamonds; queen small in clubs; no
spades. His partner bids three clubs; hold?
ing-eight to the ace, king, the ten of hearts,
four diamonds to the queen and one small
spade. Fourth hand bids three spades. The
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Hearts are trumps and Z leads. Y and 7.
want all the tricks. How do they get them.'
Solution next week.
dealer passes and the spade call wins the
game. What is the matter with this bidding?
It is a game hand in heart?.?J. A. K.
Answer?The original call should have been
four hearts. The partner should not have
called the clubs, but would have helped the
hearts after the spades were shown, if they
were bid at all. It takes four hearts to shut
out the spades as an original call. Then the
partner will know not to show the clubs, but
with the showing of great elub strength the
dealer should have gone on to four hearts or
even five on his own hand.
Question?The declarer has been doubled,
but is about to make good on his contract
when one of dummy's cards is found to be
under another, and face down. Does the deal
stand9?B. L.
Answer?If dummy has the right number
of cards, it does not matter whether they are
face down or not. It is the business of the
opponents to see that they know all dummy's
Question?Dealer bids a heart, second hand
passes, third hand says two diamonds, holding
only ace and small in hearts, five diamondK"to
the queen, jack ten; king and two small"Jn
clubs, queen and two small in spades. la
this correct?--C. A. C.
Answer?The diamonds deny nacnml a*
sistance in hearts, which is not ti-ue. as ??e
and small is all the partner has a right to en
pect. It is a very bad take-out.
Question?Playing two hand, A melds mar?
riage ?33 spades, hearts and - dia3Uonds, one
after the other. Then he melds the club king
for KO, and finally the queen of clubs for 240.
Is this right? B says it is using the club
queen twice.?G. L. D.
Answer?The last queen must be used ?or
sixty queens, or for the fourth marriage, '""it
cannot be used for both. The greatest total
possible on these melds is 220.

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