Can “quick tricks” be a guide to defense in bridge?

Early on, before bidding systems were elaborated in bridge, “quick tricks” provided something of a guide to bidding. For instance, people might open hands with a configuration of AKxxx Axxx xx xx, which had 11 high card points using the Work Count, but pass a hand of Kxxxx Qxxx Qx Ax, which had the same 11 points. The thing in favor of the first hand was that it had three sure “quick tricks.”

Suppose I am sitting East, defending a 3NT contract (neither vulnerable, South bid 1NT, North 3NT). West leads a 6 that looks like fourth best (and an examination of my hand and dummy suggests that West probably has a fifth card). I have Axx in the suit, and a side ace, that is two “quick tricks” with 8 high card points. So I win the trick, and lead back a low card, hoping that West has the king, or at least the queen. South plays the king, so I take my side ace at the first opportunity, and lead back my last card in West’s suit to his presumed queen. That is what I would call “fast” play, based on my quick tricks.

Suppose, instead, I am sitting East (possibly with the same dummy as in the first example), but I have xxx in West’s suit; no help for him. I have eight high card points, distributed in the three side suits as (xxx) Kxxx QJx Qxx.
In this latter case, I have no quick tricks, and I play “slowly,” trying not to give anything away.

So can “quick tricks” be a useful guide to a defensive posture, as between say, active and passive, or fast and slow defense?

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What is step by step guide to reverse engineer the ordering system [on hold]

can u please elaborate step by step reverse engineering a software module
what I can think of –
start with DB schema then have the entities as classes ( POJO in Java) – then implement functionality one by one.

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Book recommendation: a guide about coffee to a beginner?

I really want to learn more about coffee, but I think the web is too large and therefore confusing. So I have decided to start with a good book. Which books (preferably below 20 USD) can you recommend? Just a good and informative beginner guide to espresso and coffee in general?

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Complete guide to cross-language grammar

Wondering what the best (free) resources are for learning about grammar generically across languages. I have seen a lot of “Guide to the X grammar”, but not “Guide to grammar in general”. Would like to find a resource that describes grammar cross-linguistically.

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Complete guide to cross-language grammar

Wondering what the best (free) resources are for learning about grammar generically across languages. I have seen a lot of “Guide to the X grammar”, but not “Guide to grammar in general”. Would like to find a resource that describes grammar cross-linguistically.

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Larva attacking frog ? Guide about this

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The above picture was taken in western forest of India where a larva attached itself to a frog neck. What is it and how it will effect the frog?

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Comprehensive guide to mining testnet ether

So my usual faucet, Zerogox, is currently down. I’m writing documentation on a projet that needs a LOT of testing, and I can’t possibly write something like “to start and get some testnet ether, go ask someone on reddit”.

I don’t need thousands of ether, I think even 1 to 5 a week would be enough, but I need a reliable, source. Since I can’t rely on faucets (that are pretty hard to find right now), I need to mine testnet ether. Like I said, I could do with 1 ether a week.

But I don’t understand how mining works, I didn’t need it before. What gas price should I use to get fraction of ether easily?

The github page only gives theory, I have no idea of what real values I should use. It’s also outdated (I assume), because for example miner.hashrate doesn’t exist on the version of geth I’m using (which was released after the latest edit of the page).

It’s hard to keep track of how much ether I’ve mined, and if I’m being successful, miner has almost 0 info, only functions (start, stop, and set stuff).

How do I efficiently mine testnet ether? Why can’t I find a comprehensive guide about it? Most posts end with “Give me your address, I’ll send you some” which is not at all what I want, I need to be independent.

I want to clarify a few things:

  • I cannot use a private testnet. I need to use the public one.
  • I’m only using geth. Mist and Ethereum Wallet are out of the picture.
  • I’m not looking for a small-time fix for my problem in particular, I’m asking for a comprehensive guide that I think could benefit to many people. Either it already exists, or we could start a wiki post with instructions and tips on what gas price gives best results, how to keep track of performances, etc.

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How to install (simple guide) Arch Linux with dual boot windows 10? [on hold]

I want to install arch Linux on a 64 bit PC alongside (dual boot) Windows 10. Please give me a simple step by step guide. All others sources (including arch-wiki) seems pretty complicated for an average Linux user.
Please help.
Edit:
My laptop is Asus ROG GL552JX-Intel Core i7-4750HQ @ 2 GHz
RAM: 8 GB
64-bit Processor

This is current partition details: ( I have a 125 GB SSD along with 1 TB HDD
I currently have ubuntu along with windows 10 and I wanna replace ubuntu with arch.)
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How to install (simple guide) Arch Linux with dual boot windows 10?

I want to install arch Linux on a 64 bit PC alongside (dual boot) Windows 10. Please give me a simple step by step guide. All others sources (including arch-wiki) seems pretty complicated for an average Linux user.
Please help.

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Guide on Thames-boat in London

Some years ago, I was travelling with boat on the Thames east, I believe from Embankment to Greenwich. I believe this was on a regular TFL-boat, but I may have either accidentally gotten on the wrong boat (unlikely, or remember incorrectly)

On the upper deck, I found a man giving a “guided tour” of London as seen from the river. He spoke plenty about the buildings we could, and told us varied informtion, from things like which celebrity lived where to what architects had drawn which house.

I’d like to re-take the same tour, but as far as I’m aware, this isn’t normally organized by TfL, so I’m not sure where to look.

I missed the beginning of his talk, since he was already on at Embankment, but from what I did gather, he belonged to some sort of history society, and him giving the talk he did was a part of some kind of graduation cermony. He collected donations at the end when we disembarked.

Any idea of what I was hearing, and/or where/when I can do it again?

The closest thing I’ve been able to find myself, it the sightseeing tours from London Eye but since those are paid, I assume they don’t collect donations towards the end; nor do they end in Greenwich, making me think that’s not what I was on.

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