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'Contact' is not a verb!“ – Nero Wolfe.

Nero Wolfe destroyed a dictionary because it had ”imply“ and ”infer" as synonyms.
April 15
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I would guess that with money at stake, the person who the director ruled against would be more likely to think that the director was not impartial.
April 12
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“Rather ironic to use this particular American-football metaphor to describe this type of action, because in that pseudo-sport ”punting“ amounts to a willing (presumed) transference of control to the adversary.”

Psuedo-sport??
March 21
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My friends had to play in a facility a couple of blocks awaywhere players with fewer than 750 points were playing. Evidently, the hotel only had playing rooms for those with more than 750. I was not there and it may have only been for the weekend, but if ACBL approved this arrangement, hopefully someone will question them about it.
March 15
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I live 15 minutes from BWI. Raining lightly now. They are predicting about one inch of snow starting around 9:00 tonight. Looking at Philadelphia, weather.com says about 3 inches on Wednesday. Weather.gov predicts about 4-6 inches.
March 6
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Quite a family!!
March 5
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John, I agree 100% with you and I imagine that there should be some way to embarass the APA publicly. However, I'm not sure whether the ACLU gets involved in non-governmental issues such as this, which while wrong, may not really be “discriminatory.”
Feb. 10
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When you hear children singing “London Bridge is falling down,” and you wonder how they know that the caliber of bridge in England's capital is getting worse.
Feb. 4
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Are there actual data showing that the top younger players bid more aggressively than top older players when they play against each other? For example, more slam bids, more sacrifice bids
Jan. 31
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“Nigel - Arab teams you mean Lebanon, and they do not avoid the match, they forfeit it.”

Yu–Other countries, such as Iran, forbid their athletes from competing against Israeli athletes. Not sure whether it's happened in bridge other than with Lebanon. (Until yesterday, Lebanon wouldn't allow showing of the movie, The Post, because of Spielberg's support of Israel and probably still don't show Wonder Woman because the actress playing the title character was from Israel)
Jan. 18
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“I never did see a gun pulled in a club, to be honest. I did play against a club owner at a tournament who took one look at my convention card and said ”don't you ever play at my club if you are gonna play like that.“ And I didn't. A bonus of being younger than the average bridge player is that I only had to wait five years before she passed away and the club was under new management.”

What was on your Convention Card? Pornography? Racial or other kinds of hatred? Surely, she should not have made that statement about any Bridge Conventions
Jan. 16
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“If unsuccessful we need to withdraw from the IOC.”

I suggest withdrawing from the IOC, even if successful.The IOC has allowed worse things than this bridge (non)decision
Jan. 15
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“Some favorite To Tell the Truth moments: when Bob Miller was described as a baseball pitcher with many different major league teams, and TWO contestants stood, each a Bob Miller; when the father of a fraternity brother of mine was the contestant because he owned a company that makes ladders (my fraternity brother now runs the company).”

The 1962 New York Mets had 2 pitchers named Bob Miller. One was called R.G. Miller (who played with many teams) and R.L Miller.
Jan. 10
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Convince more of my better students to partner with me at least once in duplicate.
Dec. 31, 2017
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From what I know of Bobby Fischer's days in Erasmus High School, he was not a good student. Sounds like the opposite of what others have written about most of the participants in the Seamon Juniors. (Of course, Fischer was a total jerk as an adult).
Dec. 29, 2017
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For the past year, I've been teaching Beginner and “Advanced Beginner” classes to people in their sixties or seventies. About half had played before, generally in college or against players knowing as much (or little) as they.

It is important to differentiate this group from younger players. Only a couple will ever play in a tournament and my guess is that very few will even play club bridge. Their goal is either to learn the basics or improve their game, but mainly to have fun. They enjoy playing the practice hands, but are reluctant to advance beyond elementary bidding.

In my last class, I was asked how they could play better. I said “Play against better players. Play online. Read.” My guess is that many will do the second; a few the third. But most are very scared about playing against better players, thinking they will embarass themselves or me if I partner with them. (I truthfully tell them that I don't need their help for me to be embarassed for my play).
Dec. 19, 2017
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“I’ve been to the Zoo in D.C. Sorry it doesn’t come anywhere close to the SD zoo. You get what you pay for.”

Has anyone polled the residents of the 2 zoos to get their opinions?
Dec. 4, 2017
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“Let's not whine about process, to enforce clean play. We don't have it, at any level, and we don't enforce it cleanly and equally, across NBOs, nor do we specify punishments, or define what constitutes cheating: ”I know it when I see it, Justice Harlan"

Actually,Justice Potter Stewart, but the sentiment is still valid.
Nov. 18, 2017
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“And while she is a loyal member of the Grammar police, she would not consider your comment at all pendantic.”

Especially when there's a necklace hanging from her neck…

Sorry, but pedantry IS the subject…“


Winston Churchill said ”That's the type of arrant pedantry, up with which I will not put." Your comment outdoes that.
Nov. 4, 2017
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“In the interests of pedantry, I think it was ‘Marcia’.”

My wife's name is Marcia. And while she is a loyal member of the Grammar police, she would not consider your comment at all pendantic.
Nov. 1, 2017
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