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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.


Nov
16
comment Two players have a straight to the 8
Surely if you had a 9 (and 10) you would win the hand? But +1 for a clear answer.
Jul
31
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.
Jul
31
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.
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
comment A Couple of Hearts Probabilities
xkcd.com/1364
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?
Jan
10
comment Is Mana Weaving ok if it's followed by a thorough shuffle?
What is the point of it, if you then do a proper shuffle?
Dec
22
comment Is a bridge defense easier if the values are about equally distributed?
The value of having one person making most of the decisions rather than guessing what partner wants is difficult to evaluate, but gets less as the skill of the partnership improves.
Dec
10
comment If my partner sorted my cards for me, what would the official ruling be?
Should have is not correct. There is never any obligation to call the director, if you are happy to continue play. EBU law 9A says "any player may (my emphasis) draw attention to an irregularity..." and later states explicitly "There is no obligation to draw attention to an irregularity committed by one's own side". If your opponents would prefer to play the board rather than exact a penalty, that is their right.
Nov
12
comment Can one show that a majority of bridge hands could have been successfully defended?
'The number of contracts that were or could have been defeated' is about as useful a statistic as 'the number of days when it rained or might have done'.
Oct
28
comment What can the dummy player do in Bridge?
This is the answer for serious players, but note that 'The Laws of Duplicate Bridge' do not apply to anyone playing Rubber Bridge, let alone somebody just learning the game.