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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, July 13th, 2021


Iain ClimieJuly 27th, 2021 at 2:08 pm

I’ve got a (near enough) blank screen; anybody see today’s hand?

bobbywolffJuly 27th, 2021 at 2:22 pm

Hi Iain,

All of us also do.

No excuses, as usual, just do not know why, but Judy is on it and trying her best.

Very sorry, but that will never do
and I, as usual, fear that it could be out of my control.

Iain ClimieJuly 27th, 2021 at 2:37 pm

Hi Bobby,

Not your fault, nor Judy’s – just one of those things. It’ll be worth the wait.


A V Ramana RaoJuly 27th, 2021 at 3:02 pm

Hi Dear Mr Wolff
No problem absolutely .Wish it gets resolved soon but just wondering: in case a column is skipped, is there any mechanism to have both i.e. the missing and current column on next day

jim2July 27th, 2021 at 3:53 pm

They simply do not have the hand records yet from the Mud Cup, that’s all … 🙂

bobbywolffJuly 27th, 2021 at 4:23 pm


We certainly have or at least had that capacity, but like always, I am more a kibitzer than an enforcer, but will do what I can, to get it done.

bobbywolffJuly 27th, 2021 at 4:29 pm

Hi Jim2,

Yes that is possible, but perhaps the opposite occurred, with the hand records from the Mud Cup arriving but, like “Believe it or not”, due to the bidding and play, causing this disaster!

Patrick CheuJuly 27th, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Hi Bobby,There used to be a comedy game show on British TV in the late seventies called Blankety Blank,may be Iain could tell us more 😀 finished 2002 think…Hmm

bobbywolffJuly 27th, 2021 at 6:00 pm

Hi Patrick,

Yes, if anyone can define Blankety Blank into more colorful terms it would probably be Iain.

But when you link comedy with anything British it might be a stretch, to which again might remain with Iain to explain.

However a weekly TV show named Midsummer Murders has become a favorite show of mine and is totally everything British.

Perhaps the song “Murder She Says” is #1 on their “hit” parade since the 2nd line of that tune is
“Everytime I kiss her she cries “murder”, is that the language of love?……Hmm”

Iain ClimieJuly 27th, 2021 at 7:55 pm

Hi Bobby, Patrick,

I thought Blankety Blank started a little later but it was on in the 80s and 90s. You can look it up but I seem to remember it featured a panel of guest celebrities who had to write down a word to replace in a quote e.g. “I was so tired, a sped past me as I was walking along”. The celebs wrote down their answer and the contestant came up with their own answer and tried to pick panellists who seemed likely to have the same one (or maybe they all had a go – it was a while back). I remember it largely as Les Dawson, a lugubrious and wonderfully gloomy comedian, was host at one stage and the looks of horror, occasional gurns and appalled put downs to some of the answers were half the fun. Intellectual it wasn’t but it had its moments.

Midsummer Murders is based in a fictional area around a few idyllic picture postcard village locations which feature a murder rate which would appal Colombian drug barons. Everything lovely on the surface and then people (usually 3 per episode) start being killed off, often in very weird ways e.g. the guy run over by a tank. If you like it, and don’t mind some fairly frightful language, a film called Hot Fuzz is a very similar take on the same setup. It is because the genteel and well-to-do English are all repressed you know. Instead of talking things through over a pint or just thumping each other, they let their anger just build and buid and build! Orlando Bloom was an early victim in one episode and well-known British character actors (and some bigger names) are everywhere.

Back to B-B: “When I saw that the column had fallen over on a Tuesday, I thought NO, what am I going to do for ” Pick your own word or even phrase.


Iain ClimieJuly 27th, 2021 at 7:58 pm

I put “blank” in the above within pointed parentheses and they were promptly deleted. You can probably work out where they are e.g. just before the ” in the final parag

Patrick CheuJuly 27th, 2021 at 8:16 pm

Hi Iain, Not according to Wikipedia..1979 seems to be mentioned there.Well let’s not give our ages away! Wish we could play face to face Bridge again,as we used to know it!! Just never know…please keep well.

Joe1July 27th, 2021 at 11:53 pm

No longer blank. Playing the A is a ruse worthy of the Hideous Hog, thinking ahead as one should. Which means pausing befor dummy plays, and seeing the danger, which this column teaches us to do.

The blank that came to my mind was “Beach Blanket Bingo” kind of a cult classic with Anette Funicello, 1965 or there about, when times were simpler…