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looks like a missing comma in the second-last element as well: e.g. shape(north not 3235); and clubs capitalized in the second where it's not usually capitalized; but I'm not familiar enough with the script to know whether those matter.
March 29
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> (hcp(north)>10 and Clubs(north)>4 and clubs(north > diamonds(north) and clubs(north > hearts(north) and clubs(north) > spades(north) and shape(north, not 2335) and shape(north not 3235) and shape(north, not 3325))

I think your parentheses are wrong starting with the third element:

clubs(north > diamonds(north)
should probably be
(clubs(north) > diamonds(north))
March 29
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Hx = history; common medical abbreviation. Others I have seen my wife use include Rx (prescription) and Sx (surgery).

Having talked to BBO people before, they already have at least one measure of skill that they don't make public. But I think just using ACBL masterpoints is easiest and most transparent.

I think what Mike's saying is actually really consistent with what he writes in his bio… bridge exists on many levels, and most of us get more enjoyment out of it when we're playing at an appropriate level. I'm sure most of you don't seek out weak clubs or games to play at… and the people who've spend the last 10 years playing in non-life-master games don't want to be thrown in with experts either.

Maybe a simple solution would be to run two games simultaneously: a NLM game (paying 60% or 80% masterpoints, whatever is the ACBL standard here) and an open game. We can never please everyone, but that's the typical setup at regionals and larger clubs, is it not? It's probably the typical setup because that's what people like and are comfortable with.
March 28
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I like Paul's suggestion. When I hear it that way around, I start thinking “okay, I know what a strong 2C opener looks like; now what else could it be?”. I think that's how you want people to be thinking.
March 16
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Yeah, that's wonderful. I guess there are multiple lines to make it, and someone might just say that the robot might have just chosen one at random… but it's a suspiciously wonderful choice, enough to make me think maybe someone snuck it into the code just for fun. Seems like it would be easy enough.
Jan. 28
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Thanks for the post, Dave. This is an interesting question, and I learned things from the discussion.
Jan. 23
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“up to 500 finalists (all expenses paid!).” Wow. Though I wonder what this means exactly…

Looks to me like the prize money would be distributed to the finalists who are playing on-site in China in November. I wouldn't want to ch**t in China… punishments are likely to be more severe than many Westerners would expect.
Nov. 15, 2019
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This one?
https://www.bridgehands.com/M/Mississippi_Heart_Hand.htm
probably no, doesn't quite fit the description.
Nov. 2, 2019
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Maybe you should have volunteered that you would have bid 3NT if you weren't barred. Or 5C. Or 4S. Just chosen at random, since after all, you're barred. Seems only fair that opps ought to get some fun made-up information after trying to enforce a made-up rule.
Nov. 2, 2019
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I thought this was going to be about how the long-legged among us can get more physical space at the table. Oh, how I love when I get N/S assignment up against a wall, with space to shove my chair back a foot or two…
Oct. 17, 2019
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Probably refers to the ACBL “Player of the Decade” list generated in the year referenced. This is the current list:

https://web3.acbl.org/mpraces/?year=2019&race=POD&showDeceased=Y
Sept. 12, 2019
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Not having an agreement about whether 13-15 was weak or strong? So South doubled intending your strong notrump defense (something including a long minor) and North thought it was penalties? After the diamond lead from South, I think -480 is just about given.
Sept. 2, 2019
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ODR = Offense-defense ratio
May 27, 2019
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I thought a Swan was (7411).
April 23, 2019
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My preference in situations like this, whether or not it's “legal”, is to offer to explain what the bid shows, but to say “you should ask partner about <1NT here, whatever is relevant> first.” They almost always do. If they don't, I'm happy that I've divested my responsibility for full disclosure.
April 23, 2019
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Isn't the right question “If you had been told that North intended double as takeout, but that South forgot that was their agreement and believed double was penalty, what would you have done?” That gives both the authorized information from the table (what south said and did) and the correct information (i.e. the actual agreement). Seems like West believed this was what s/he was entitled to, and I think it's correct.
April 9, 2019
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Thanks DB for the reference to Mott the Hoople's “All the Way from Memphis”; I'd only heard Brian May's cover.
March 19, 2019
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“3 5+/5+ minors at least invitational” but forcing? Seems strange.
March 14, 2019
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@DJ I made a poor choice of example hand… AQJxxx / A / x / AQJTx?
Feb. 24, 2019
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Sorry to say, it was hypothetical. I held the 2 opener and was wondering after the hand if bidding 6 without the K could mean something useful. I was thinking along the lines of Andrew Yeckel above… it would have to be a hand where partner did the right thing with or without the K. Something like AQJxx / AK / x / AQJTx; without K, just play 6, but with K (and all keys) 7 looks good.

Seemed like a possible way to recover from the 4NT that people seem to dislike. :)
Feb. 24, 2019
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