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Many thanks to Lindsey for her tireless efforts! Her imagination and enthusiasm are inspirational.
Jan. 22, 2016
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I have been playing Fantunes for several years now. In Denver, I will be playing Toonz. Fantunes without the Fan.
Nov. 20, 2015
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I don't know about an orchid.. but I can guarantee a couple of lilies.
Nov. 12, 2015
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Hi Gary,

Yes, boundaries are being stretched a bit here. While bridge is mentioned in the novels – these are not bridge books. Mr. Wolfe is a consulting detective.

I have discovered that many bridge players are also passionate Nero Wolfe fans. George Jacobs has even quoted Archie in a recent Bridge Bulletin.

This is me shamelessly using every bit of social media at my disposal to alert the cross-over Bridge/Wolfe community that this event will be happening. I didn't want to wait for a thread, because I wanted people to get this on their calendars.

That said – my first mention of Mr. Wolfe on BridgeWinners was coincidental with the first hints of the cheating scandals. Since then there has been a whole lot of detecting, investigating and sleuthing by the bridge community. Perhaps formal discussion of those skills is not so far off-topic for this site after all?

stephannie
Nov. 11, 2015
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Thank you David for pulling this together. It is extremely helpful.
Sept. 2, 2015
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All are welcome! I'll post more information early in November.
Aug. 21, 2015
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Hi Ned, even though I am not familiar with Garrett, I think my affections are reserved for the portly fellow on West 35th Street.
Aug. 20, 2015
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The consulting detective is not related.
Aug. 19, 2015
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“a flower cluster with the separate flowers attached by short equal stalks at equal distances along a central stem. The flowers at the base of the central stem develop first.”
Aug. 19, 2015
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Mike, many thanks for adding some transparency (my favorite word today) to this discussion. It does feel like the penalty is rather severe for just plain stupidity – are you certain it was not abject stupidity, gross stupidity, or some sort of stupidity compounded by idiocy? That might make the penalty more in keeping with the crime. Whatever it was, I am sure we will all sleep more soundly tonight with a better grasp of the facts. Thank you again – it is most unfortunate that the manner in which these infractions are publicized subjected you to the 400 or so comments today.
Aug. 17, 2015
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I see in a later comment Stephen Drodge has explained the ACBL official policy of opaqueness in these matters. Thank you for the clarity Stephen. I think it is unfortunate that this is the official policy, because it places a veil of secrecy over these things resulting in the kind of speculation we are seeing in the several hundred comments in this thread both on the case in question and moving into other areas.

The official policy also forces a blind trust in assuming the ACBL and C&E leadership have acted fairly and rationally. Perhaps this why many have found the “punishment” disturbing? In my opinion, there is a disconnect that doesn't feel fair and rational.

Transparency forces accountability. I'm not certain the official ACBL policy will always serve the greater good.
Aug. 17, 2015
Stephannie Culbertson edited this comment Aug. 17, 2015
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I disagree. Cheating is definitely a problem. However, as I read through the conversations, I read a great deal of frustration with the ACBL not being consistent in handling or tolerating cheating. I think that speaks to a lack of transparency in the process. If there was more transparency, it would be harder for cheating to be tolerated at all levels.
Aug. 17, 2015
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It seems to me the biggest issue here is the continuing lack of transparency from the ACBL. This blurb is dated 8/12/15, but placed in bulletin published 8/17/15, the day after the majority of tournament attendees have left. The “facts” are minimal. Actions were not described (What event, when, where and what actually was done with the cards or at the table) so that we understand the crime. In addition, a two part punishment (with what feels like inconsistency between the parts) was given. Given this opaqueness, the crime is not clear, nor is clear that the punishment is commiserate with the crime.

This type of organizational opaqueness leads to exactly what happened in this thread – attempts to create knowledge or facts where there is none. As members of the ACBL, we deserve transparency in these matters. If someone is to be punished for breaking the rules – then describe to us how the rules were broken so that we may all learn from the situation and feel comfortable that our leadership is enforcing the rules in a fair, consistent manner and not leaving us to random speculations.
Aug. 17, 2015
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