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19TH HOLE: THE READERS TAKE OVER
November 14, 1960
NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY OR NICESirs:Congratulations on your editorial ("Lady Luck and the Law," Oct. 31). It takes realism and a large measure of courage to stand up and be counted on such an issue.
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November 14, 1960

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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?Byrd based his cipher on the method of one William Mason, a famous stenographer of the time, whose dots, wiggles and curves looked like Arabic writing or a badly bent wire fence. One notebook, covering the years 1709-1712, wound up in the Huntington Library of California. This contained some legal notes from Sir Edward Coke's Reports. By overlaying his shorthand symbols with the English phrases for which they stood, Mrs. Marion Tinling of the library staff found it was possible to build up a shorthand alphabet. At almost the same time two experts in cryptography discovered from another Byrd notebook the source of his shorthand system. Three of his deciphered notebooks have now been published as The Secret Diary of William Byrd 1709-1712, Another Secret Diary 1739-1741 and The London Diary 1717-1721.—ED.

FOUR FOR NONE
Sirs:
I have just read Charles Goren's column (A New Quiz, Oct. 31). In regard to example No. 10 (see hand below), I would like to be advised of responses to the Gerber four-club bid. My impression is that it coincides with the Blackwood convention as far as mentioning aces is concerned. Under those circumstances, how can a bid of four diamonds over a four-club bid indicate four aces?
MRS. HAROLD FITTING
Alameda, Calif.

Sirs:
In the answer Goren states: "An immediate response of four clubs to an opening bid of one, two, or three no trump must be construed as the Gerber convention asking for aces." What happens if partner has two or three aces? How does he show them?
M. E. WANGENHEIM
Oakland, Calif.

As South you hold:

[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[Queen of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Queen of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]
[Queen of Diamonds]

NORTH
2 N.T.

EAST
PASS

SOUTH
?

WEST

South's bid: four clubs

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