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 "Old Habits Die Hard" by Marti Ronemus

Here's something interesting I came across, and it's a good example of old habits dying hard.

"Back in the Day" when an officer stopped a driver, it was common practice for the officer to touch a car's taillight. It's a behavior that dates back decades, and many officers still retain the habit. I have personal experience of this and always wondered about it. Here's why:

Before cameras were installed on the dashboards of most police cars, tapping the taillight was an inconspicuous way for officers to leave behind evidence of the encounter.

If something were to happen to the officer during the traffic stop or if the driver denied the stop, their interaction with the driver could be traced back to the fingerprints left on the vehicle.

Interesting, no? But what about us? What old habits do we have that we can't let go off? Where have we left OUR fingerprints? Let's work on our game and see how our habits are.

Question 1

  Your Hand
 A 10 2
 K Q J 10 4 3
 K 9 4
Q: 1 - South:

 Your choice:
A: 3: This is a bit tricky. We infer that Pard's got 10 cards in two suits. While we'd like to be in No-trump (lots more money) we don't like the shortness in Pard's first-bid suit. With Pard's peculiar shape, we can't count on transportation. Let's live to leave prints another day. We'll hate ourselves if we can make 3 No-trump, and we might go there if we weren't vul.

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Question 2

  Your Hand
 A K Q J 9
 K 8 4
 5 4 3
 A 2
Q: 2 - South:
1Pass1 No-trumpPass

 Your choice:
A: 3: BUT!! We thought we couldn't rebid unsupported 5-card suits! Well, that's true normally, but holding four honors and an honorette, we're going to treat it as if it were one card longer. We certainly don't want to play in No-trump with this hand!

Your result so far:
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Question 3

  Your Hand
 K 9 5
 Q 8 4
 A 10 8
 A J 4 2
Q: 3 - South:

 Your choice:
A: 3 No-trump: We've got the Spades stopped. Pard promised us an opening hand. We've got game-going values. Ergo... Game. Good habit!

Your result so far:
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Question 4

  Your Hand
 J 8
 8 4 3
 J 10 9 8 7 5 4
Q: 4 - South:

 Your choice:
A: 3: Tough one. Pard is a passed hand and if we do indeed enter this auction with a preempt, he knows better than to advance. After all, we are already bidding for both of us. We hate to let this go, so let's make a try for it. If we pass however, we will be forgiven.

Your result so far:
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Question 5

  Your Hand
 7 4 3
 9 4 3
 K 10
 A J 10 8 4
Q: 5 - South:
-11 No-trumpPass

 Your choice:
A: 3 No-trump: We won't be faulted for just inviting, but we really like our Clubs and give ourselves an extra point for length and quality.

Well, so far so good. Let's try a hand and see if we can form more good habits and make our contract.

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