Bridge: July 25, 2017

Tribune Content Agency (C)2017 Tribune Content Agency, LLC. When I watched today’s deal in a Chicago game, South was Tom Webb, known to all as “Tangle” because he encounters more blocked suits and entry woes than anyone in my club. At 3NT, Tangle refused the first two spades and won the third. He led a club to the ace, returned a diamond to his ace, took the K-Q of clubs and tried a diamond to dummy’s jack. The finesse won, but East discarded. Tangle then led the king and a fourth diamond to set up dummy’s fifth diamond. But when West took the queen, he led a club, and East… Read More

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Word game: July 25, 2017

TODAY’S WORD — HOSPICE (HOSPICE: HOS-pis: A program or facility providing care to the terminally ill.) Average mark 17 words Time limit 30 minutes Can you find 23 or more words in HOSPICE? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — CABLED clad abed able aced bade bald bale bead blade bled lace lade lead dace dale deal decal To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: Words must be of four or more letters. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. Additional words made… Read More

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Word game: July 25, 2017

TODAY’S WORD — HOSPICE (HOSPICE: HOS-pis: A program or facility providing care to the terminally ill.) Average mark 17 words Time limit 30 minutes Can you find 23 or more words in HOSPICE? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — CABLED clad abed able aced bade bald bale bead blade bled lace lade lead dace dale deal decal To purchase the Word Game book, visit WordGameBooks.com. Order it now for just $5 while supplies last! RULES OF THE GAME: Words must be of four or more letters. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. Additional words made… Read More

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The Bold Type and the Enduring Appeal of the Women’s Magazine

In the pilot episode of The Bold Type, the dramedy that premiered this month on Freeform, Kat Edison, the social media director for the women’s magazine Scarlet, tries to convince an edgy artist to participate in a story highlighting her work. The artist, Adena El-Amin, is also a feminist, and she initially scoffs at the idea of collaborating with the Cosmo-esque publication: Adena has no interest, she tells Kat, in having her work featured in an outlet devoted to informing women “about clothes and makeup and how to get boys.” Kat nods knowingly. She’s heard this objection before. And she knows exactly what to say in reply to this “common… Read More

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Game of Thrones is finally taking its powerful female characters seriously

Were it not for its final third, “Stormborn” could have been called something cheesy, like “Rise of the Queens.” Daenerys’ war council is manned by female commanders: Olenna Tyrell, Ellaria Sand, and Yara Greyjoy. Queen Cersei presides over the nobles at King’s Landing and apparently gets them to fall into line. Sansa is in charge at Winterfell, and Nymeria — in a nicely literal turn — is queen of a formidable pack of wolves. This is not a purely formal arrangement: It’s recreational, too. Missandei initiates sex with Greyworm, Yara and Ellaria are getting it on. This seems like an extension of the hints last week that Times Are Changing.… Read More

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