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 "Unwanted Visitors" by Marti Ronemus

Skunks aren't so adorable when they've taken up residence under our decks and porches, are they. We don't want to irritate them, as the consequences can be unspeakable but we really do want them to leave. Rest easy, because we've brought helpful advice.

First, get rid of any pet food outside, and lock up that trash and garbage. All that spells "smorgasbord" in skunk. Next, they enjoy eating grubs, so eradicate grubs and the like from gardens. Also, when they are out doing whatever it is that skunks do, fill their dens with straw and dirt. And finally, even though they are wearing their fancy dress outfits, they aren't really party animals. Leave a radio on low, and they'll abandon your turf.

So, we need to get rid of skunks at the bridge table also, and we can do that by being stars.

Question 1

  Your Hand
 A J 8
 K Q 10
 K J 6
 J 10 5 4
Q: 1 - South?

 Your choice:
A: 3 No-trump: Your Pard promised an opening-ish hand. We've got their suit well-stopped with game going values. Bid what you know you've got.

Your result so far:
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Question 2

  Your Hand
 A K 6
 J 8 4
 A K 10 9 8 3
Q: 2 - This is a very competitive show. What should we do? South
-1Pass1 No-trump

 Your choice:
A: 3: Opposite a Pard who passed twice, we hesitate briefly. We've got a wonderful suit chock full of intermediates plus our handsome Spades. Let's show some courage one more time.

Your result so far:
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Question 3

  Your Hand
 8 2
 K Q 9 5 2
 A J 10 4
 A K
Q: 3 - Do we have a winner here? South:

 Your choice:
A: 4: This hand is no skunk, well worth a game-going bid. We love the lead coming into this hand, we love the A-J-10 (worth two tricks on a normal day). We don't want to be shy. We've got a winner.

Your result so far:
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Question 4

  Your Hand
 A J 7 4 3
 A 9 8 2
 K J 5
Q: 4 - Who's the winner here?

 Your choice:
A: 3 No-trump: If Pard had a Club stopper, he would have bid No-trump himself, rather than raising those ratty Diamonds. He showed his 10-12 HCP also. We have our fingers crossed about our K. It should have some use now.

Your result so far:
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Question 5

  Your Hand
 A 6 5 3
 K Q J
 9 5 4
 A 8 4
Q: 5 - Last chance to show off our winning mouse. South:

**This double is for penalty, with the understanding Pard will pull it with a good reason.

 Your choice:
A: 6: Pard pulled our double, figuring our vulnerable game score would be more than our "set" score. He must have the shiniest, prettiest mouse in the show. With our two Aces and three-card Diamond support, we just have to go for it.

Now that we've cleaned out the varmints, let's play a hand.

Your result so far:
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