Newsletter - 24 August 2018

From the President:

Yes, you do read the newsletter! Thank you to all the ‘collective noun-ers’ who replied so entertainingly. My apologies for not responding individually; the volume and my current activities precluded it. Answers from 2 states and this territory were received. Please read below for more. Little parcels will be in the office from the middle of next week for the 4 people named at the end.

We are planning a Working Bee for Saturday 8 September at 9.30am for jobs inside and out.

Best wishes,

Tuesday and Thursday evening players please note

From Tuesday 4 September these sessions will commence at 7.30pm.

Monday evening start remains at 7pm. Wednesday evening start remains at 7.15pm

Upcoming events

GNOT Daytime Qualifying Events – Gold Masterpoints


2018 Coffs Coast Gold Congress

  • Roy Nixon, with David Weston, Bob Sebesfi & Richard Douglas won the Open Team.
  • Rowan Corbett & Rob Hurst, with A. Delorenzo & L. Shonk won the Restricted.
  • Lydia Hockings was part of the winning Team with under 300MPs.

Wednesday Night Bridge

Wednesday Night 29th August will be run as a Butler Pairs night.

This is where you can play teams tactics as a pair rather than Matchpoint, as your score is calculated against the average across the whole field. This means that the odd overtrick is not as important. You do not need to form a team for this event or to register, just turn up on the night.

Our next Pizza/Lecture night will be Wednesday night 5th September when Richard Hills will be talking about simple squeeze plays.


Sunday 16 September 5pm, to follow after the Gala Pairs. More information and documents are available on the BFACT website, including the 2018 BFACT Draft Constitution.

Canberra in Bloom

Don’t forget that at the end of September you can play in our home grown Canberra in Bloom congress, either pairs or teams - or both. If you’ve never played in a congress this is a great one to start with. Each event has novice, restricted and open categories. A fun way to spend the long weekend.This year it’s being held at a new venue, the Gungahlin Club, part of the Eastlake group. More information is available at the website, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or ask Justine Beaumont, or either Kerry or Emily (our managers).

Bicycle security – CBC in want of a U-Bolt

It’s great to have a number of members cycling to the Club – healthy and relieving pressure on car parking spaces! However, there are some concerns about the security of bicycles outside the Club, even with basic chains. If anyone has a U-Bolt they do not need, and would like to donate to the Club for use on premise by those cycling to the Club, it would be greatly appreciated.

Collective Nouns for Bridge Players

Questions were raised about the Conditions of Contest, e.g. how much chocolate exactly? From a woman after my own heart. The answers fell into a few categories:

Those who thought broadly:

  • A span of bridge players
  • A spanner
  • A cable

Bridge Terms:

  • A great deal of bridge players
  • A deck 
  • A suit
  • A pack
  • A convention 
  • A talent 
  • A finesse
  • A shuffle
  • A congress
  • A score
  • A trick
  • A squeeze
  • A counting
  • A club
  • A slam
  • A spadeful
  • A trumping
  • A cue of bidders

Those worried about the future and declining numbers:

  • A myth 
  • An absence 
  • A collapse

General terms:

  • An array
  • A crown
  • A burden
  • A gambol
  • A gambit
  • A band
  • A delight
  • A mallam (no, I didn’t know either – a learned man or scribe is one meaning)
  • A balance
  • A duopoly
  • A duet
  • A battery
  • A deep in thought

Those thinking about the attributes needed by players:

  • A concentration

Those thinking about less attractive attributes:

  • A criticism
  • An intensity
  • A grumble
  • A muddle
  • A confusion
  • An ego
  • A squabble
  • An asylum
  • Wimps
  • A boring
  • A blue rinse
  • A dottary
  • A nutter
  • A Bolly
  • A Bordeaux
  • A worry

Links with animals

  • A menagerie (a la Victor Mollo) using the meanings of a collection of wild and unusual animals or a group of unusual and varied people 
  • A congress (think baboons)
  • A cornucopia of slugs/snails

 A duplicate competition is:

  • A Xerox of bridge players

The following collection from Rick Nehmy deserves chocolate:

  • A Dedication of Directors
  • A Deck of Dealers
  • A Drongo of Declarers
  • A Deuce of Defenders
  • A Drooling Dementia of Dummies
    and (this is Canberra in an interesting week; and we should be grateful for free speech)
  • A Dutton of Dummies

Donna Stewart also deserves chocolate for:

  • An Enchantment of Bridge Players, made up of
    • A bewilderment of beginners
    • A frustration of intermediates
    • A chutzpah of Open players

Fred Heywood gets an Honourable Mention for a number of suggestions included above, but particularly for a Combinatorial

Perversely and unreasonably, I am awarding an Honourable Mention to someone who answered a question that I did not ask:

Nick Ware offered two modern collective nouns that appeal to him:

  • An absence of waiters, and
  • An annoyance of mobile phones

Does anyone want to follow this trail…

Beachfront Viscount

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  • 2 bedroom apartment from $270/night
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Master the Basics – cement your Bridge skills

Cost: $6 for members, $7 for non members

The next lesson will be on Wednesday, August 29:

No Trump Opening – “Responses to 2NT

Supervised Session 2018

Supervised session topics


(starting at 7.00pm)


(starting at 9.30am)

Responses to NT & Stayman

27th August

30th August

Rule of 20 & Rule of 15

3rd September

7th September

High opening bids:Pre-empts

10th September

14th September


Supervised session topics


(starting at 9.30am)

Second-hand play

30th August

Take out double

6th September

Advancing a Take out double

13th September


- Barb, Ann and Jeanette