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The Dogmeat Was Hard to Swallow
Jack Olsen
November 14, 1966
Being both a topical essay describing the adventures of two neighborhood-type bridge pigeons who find themselves among a field of wolfish Life Masters in the richest tournament ever held and an illuminating commentary on the vanity of man
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November 14, 1966

The Dogmeat Was Hard To Swallow

Being both a topical essay describing the adventures of two neighborhood-type bridge pigeons who find themselves among a field of wolfish Life Masters in the richest tournament ever held and an illuminating commentary on the vanity of man

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On the first hand Stone and Erdos bid and made four spades. On the second hand they bid and made a slam in spades. Cave butchered the third hand so beautifully that Janice Stone got up from her kibitzing chair screaming, "Oh, it's the funniest hand I've ever seen! I can't stand to watch!" On the fourth hand Cave and I eked out one no trump. We had lost the grand-challenge grudge match, and the $1 side bet, by 1,360 points.

"Never mind," I said as our opponents pushed their chairs back from the table. "Next year's another year. Cave and I will be back!" Stone and Erdos disappeared into the shadows, muttering something. Ray told me I had made a frightful mistake, shooting off my mouth, and after I thought about it I had to admit he was right. I had given Stone and Erdos too much of an advantage by telling them we would be back next year.

Now they'll practice....

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