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I live in Lymington, Hampshire, and work in the Law Courts, which may have made my English slightly pedantic. I realize that Americans and other ex-colonials labour under a disadvantage, and regard it as an holy duty to assist them in speaking (and thinking) clearly.


17h
comment roulette (changed rules) skill or luck?
Now I finally see what you mean. No, there is no skill involved. There is no game unless one player chooses black and one red, in which case the red player has the advantage; so any player who can count and think will choose red each time and the game does not even start. In future please put some effort into explaining questions, and please put some effort into thinking about them before asking.
21h
reviewed Approve suggested edit on few-acres-of-snow tag wiki excerpt
22h
comment roulette (changed rules) skill or luck?
If your game is 'player vs player' it is not roulette, and vice versa. Either way, this seems to be asking about mathematics rather than an actual game.
Jul
11
answered New Bridge Partner and Etiquette
Jun
30
comment How high do transfer bids (to 1NT) go?
Great answer - if the question had been 'How are Texas transfers played?' It seems OP is asking 'How many people play them?' which is probably not answerable.
Jun
30
answered A Couple of Hearts Probabilities
Jun
30
comment A Couple of Hearts Probabilities
xkcd.com/1364
Jun
26
awarded  Custodian
Jun
26
reviewed Approve suggested edit on revolver tag wiki excerpt
May
9
revised In Catan, how to ensure nobody lies when monopoly card is played?
subedited; added another possibility
May
2
comment Are these board games considered as gambling games?
"Considered" by whom? There are neo-puritans who say anything they do not understand is sinful; but most people would think persuading teenagers to play these games an achievement, let alone allowing them.
May
2
comment Are these board games considered as gambling games?
This is a hoary perennial, and everyone in any court system has a favourite story. Mine is the publican hauled before London magistrates for allowing darts to be played in his bar. When the bench doubted whether he could prove it was truly a game of skill, he set up a dartboard in court and scored triple twenty three times.
Apr
1
comment If partner opens one heart, what do I need to respond with one spade?
If you are suggesting this as a convention, it is not really an answer since it needs to be agreed with partner beforehand. Or is there a system where this is normal?
Mar
15
comment response with 4 cards in major and long (6+) minor
If you are really 4-1-6-1, you have dropped a card on the floor. If you mean 4-1-7-1, the situation is very different, and the replies may be also.
Feb
28
comment How can I best assess the quality of a game of Scrabble?
Very well expressed, but still missing a point. Two experts playing defensively will have a much lower combined score than two novices who don't know/care what opportunities they open up for the opponent; would you really say the latter was a better game?
Feb
18
comment How should hands that are EXTREMELY strong in one suit (10+ cards) be bid?
It may be that, if you cleaned it up a bit, this would make a good question ('what should I have bid with this hand?') which should be linked to this one. But it isn't an answer.
Feb
18
comment What Other Bidding Approaches Are There?
Since the OP says he is in England, the competition-legal systems are in the EBU Blue Book (view.pagetiger.com/BlueBook). But it sounds as if he just wants an overview of what is available; good answer.
Feb
10
comment What is the “pause” rule for dummy play in tournament bridge?
Related (possible dupe): boardgames.stackexchange.com/q/11143/1644
Feb
7
comment Does Monopoly involve skill to a considerable degree?
I think you might need some definitions here. On the face of it, the last two paragraphs would apply to every game in the world; and between two equally lucky players, skill will decide the winner (in every game).
Feb
1
comment What happens when a deal is passed out in Duplicate Bridge Tournaments?
As Karl said, there is no other way to achieve a score of 0, so does this really make any difference?