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John Hall
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Feb. 3
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about me

I live in England and am retired. I was never better than a very average player, and nowadays play only "kitchen bridge". However I still follow the game. I'm active on Wikipedia, where I have contributed to a number of articles on bridge and cricket.

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Shireen Mohandes's bidding problem: --- KT93 87432 7652
If it's a penny a hundred, I think I'd bid 5H. But if it's £10 a hundred, I'd pass. :)
Harrison-Gray the novelist - which pen name?
The dates from the London Gazette that Paul quotes are rather confusing: On 16th April 1943 M. C. HARRISON-GRAY was reported to have been promoted to Flying Officer On 20th August 1943 the notification of 16th April 1943 concerning M. C. HARRISON-GRAY was cancelled 2nd July 1943: M. C. H ...
Yet Another "Identify That Bridge Player"
Clue 4 seemed to ring a bell, but it was only with clue 5 that light finally dawned.
Harrison-Gray the novelist - which pen name?
"...after leaving Haileybury School he joined the family brewing business. When the company was taken over he turned to writing, at first fiction..." Do we know when the family business was taken over? If so, that might help in searching for his fiction.
bridge cartoons and caricature
The third cartoon from "Punch" will always remain topical. With the https://archive.cartoons.ac.uk/Overview.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog link, putting in "Culbertson" as the search term turns up five cartoons by Tom Webster (no relation to the US cartoonist as far as I know) featuring Ely Culbertson.
Trivia - thanks to Barry for the idea
I thought of him/her as a possibility after number 3, but it was only after number 4 that I was reasonably certain. Incidentally, though "Aces All" and "Bridge at the Top" are both out of print, second-hand copies are readily available via Amazon UK.
Bridge Wives (1932), a movie short, watch it on YouTube
Where can I get one of those indestructible radios? I imagine that everyone has seen the bridge game in the Marx Brothers' film "Animal Crackers", showing that cheating at bridge is nothing new?
So you knew Skid and Stern?
Excellent. I confess to knowing nothing about Louisa Chamberlain and George Lengyel, so I should find those articles particularly informative.
So you knew Skid and Stern?
Wow! I envy Valentine Ramsey. Simon and Stern were arguably the two most larger-than-life characters in the history of English bridge - though perhaps I ought to add Rixi Markus as a third. And to have been taught bridge by Reese! BTW, do you have any plans to write a piece ...
So you knew Skid and Stern?
But for all that, it's a marvellously entertaining read.
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