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“Simple Saturday” columns focus on basic technique and logical thinking.

Learning players are exposed to “rules” that are more or less sensible. Years ago, one authority told his students that they should never lead from a king. I think he ought to be spending eternity holding hands with all four kings — obliged to lead from one of them.

In today’s deal, South arrived at four hearts after bidding spades, then hearts. West led the ace of diamonds, and since he knew the injunction about leading from kings, he shifted to a spade.


Declarer won, took the K-A of trumps and threw a club on the king of diamonds. He lost a club and a trump to East, making four.

In this deal, West must lead a club at Trick Two. South’s bidding promised at least 10 major-suit cards. If South’s clubs are A-x, West loses nothing since South would discard his low club on dummy’s king of diamonds anyway. But if East has the ace, West must hasten to cash the defenders’ club tricks.


You hold: S 7 6 4 3 H J 2 D A 9 8 5 C K 6 3. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade, he bids two clubs and you return to two hearts. Partner then bids three hearts. What do you say?

ANSWER: Your partner knows you have a weak hand and lack true heart support since you didn’t raise directly. Still, he is trying for game. Consider how much worse your hand might be! You have honors in his long suits, and a side ace. To bid four hearts is clear.

North dealer

N-S vulnerable



H A 7 5

D K J 6 2

C Q J 9 4


S 7 6 4 3

H J 2

D A 9 8 5

C K 6 3


S 8 5

H Q 4 3

D Q 10 7 4

C A 8 5 2


S K Q 10 9 2

H K 10 9 8 6

D 3

C 10 7

North East South West
1 NT Pass 3 S Pass
3 NT Pass 4 H All Pass

Opening lead — D A

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D.C. and federal officials on Wednesday promoted completed, ongoing and future projects as part of Infrastructure Week.

Mayor Muriel Bowser held a ceremonial bond signing for a first-in-the-nation public-private partnership to pay to upgrade street lighting with energy-efficient LED technology. She also showcased work to replace lead pipes and emphasized the need to reconnect communities that have been cut off from jobs, food and opportunities by highways running through them.

The latter was evident at the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station, where the Parkside Pedestrian Bridge now offers residents a path between communities across Interstate 295 that is well lighted, equipped with security cameras and Americans with Disabilities Act accessible.

“This bridge was supposed to be done in early January of 2022,” said Dawit Muluneh, chief engineer for D.C.’s Department of Transportation. “We got it done in September of 2021, and we also got it done under budget.”

Residents were happy with the bridge, compared to other crossings farther up or down I-295.

“This was highly needed,” said Kendrick Chase, of Southeast. He used the bridge for the first time Wednesday after arriving at the Metro station on his way to a doctor’s appointment on the other side of I-295.

Noting that the bridge had ramps in addition to steps, he said, “I think it’s wonderful for bikers and whoever else.” The bridge was used by cyclists, a man in a wheelchair and families pushing baby strollers.

Although Muluneh said the pedestrian bridge was fully funded by the city, money from the Federal Highway Administration’s bridge program is helping D.C. upgrade its bridge network citywide.

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“This infusion of federal funding will allow us to greatly expand and accelerate the work we are doing to rid our neighborhoods of lead service lines, employ District residents and ensure everyone has equitable access to clean water,” David L. Gadis, CEO & General Manager at DC Water, said in a news release.

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