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While the letter to the editor was ridiculous, it's also amusing to see many of the posters correctly disparing masterpoints while
simultaneously boasting how difficult it was for them to get masterpoints in the “hard,old days.”
July 16
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I think the TD was correct, and basically backing you up. You should have said ‘thanks’ and gone on to the next hand.
July 13
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If the ACBL would announce a cure for cancer, there are people who would criticize them for not doing it earlier; for giving themselves credit for the cure; for not having enough public input; for charging too much; for not charging enough to remain profitable; for not finding a cure for diabetes; and probably 10-20 other criticisms
June 16
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I seldom use (or more likely remember when my partner uses) stolen bid doubles, but what is the problem with them?
June 10
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What was Adam Wildavsky's proposal from 10 years ago?
June 6
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If we were not playing bridge some of us would be working, sleeping, reading, texting, eating, exercising, drinking, bothering others, gambling, volunteering etc.,etc. At least a couple of these are worse than playing bridge
May 23
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“Regarding the comments on the number of kibitzers - would all of them just sign off if there was one open semi instead of two? How many additional would be on to watch the women's final? The snobby elitist attitudes expressed on this thread astound me. (This is not directed at you)”

It's not just this thread that has snobby elitist attitudes. In fact, this thread has fewer than many other ones.
May 8
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I think the fact that bidding boxes somewhat reduce the noise level makes them worth using for people of all ages. And I admit that I was intimidated by them when I first came upon them
April 22
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Why don't you just say it costs too much? It's a valid argument, unlike the others.
April 21
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I wish today was April 1 so we would think it was a slightly funny joke.
April 9
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And Goodgold sounds like Bloodgood's enemy
April 7
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I voted for “it might be worth exploring.” (although I don't think it's necessary). If there is or is not a problem, how can anyone on this Board know it, since none of us appears to be a novice. Just like I wrote on my post about our not knowing why more young people are not playing bridge, we could only know the answer if we hear complaints from those classified as “Novices,” “Newbys” etc.

But there are a lot of experts who are pure “Amateurs,” so that term should not even be considered for this group.
April 3
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Hi Jeff,

Thank you for spending so much time here. Have you ever suspected cheating at the bridge table, and what did you do about it?
March 31
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I went to graduate school at UMD. So not everyone who went there is a top player.
March 12
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Actually is first name was Ed (like both of yours) but even his wife referred to him by his last name
Feb. 23
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And North America is more than just Canada and the United States. For some reason, since “Central America” is not a continent, it's part of North America, rather than the other America, South America. (Would have been a lot easier ignoring Amerigo Vespucci, and naming the Hemisphere something else)
Feb. 19
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There was a character in a '50s cartoon who was described as “cheated at poker, Old Maid and even Solitaire”
Feb. 19
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One of my favorite baseball trivia questions involves the great pitcher Warren Spahn. In his first season, he won no games, lost no games, yet pitched a complete game. How was this possible?
It was NOT a tie game. Answer is a few lines below.






The game ended in a forfeit in which the players' statistics are counted but pitchers do not get a win nor a loss.
Feb. 6
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My father used to say “Tell an Englishman a joke and he'll laugh about it in his old age.” And he was a strong Anglophile
Jan. 29
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“You say new/young players who are restricted in what they bid will quit the game. What percent of players do you estimate that is? I think it is a miniscule percentage of players and even if none of them dropped out of bridge because they feel insulted by bidding restrictions, bridge”

I totally agree. Where is the evidence that young people are turned off from bridge because of the lack of innovation? First of all they would have had to play for a while at a relatively high level before they would even be aware of this. Has anyone here gone to college campuses, for example, and asked students why they don't play bridge?Or even better why have they stopped playing bridge?
Jan. 28
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