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September 16th, 2007

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Quiz time: bridge

I just read a piece in the New Yorker in which contract bridge is described as a dying game, with the author of the piece saying that at a recent bridge tournament he was he was the youngest player at 52. This came as a surprise to me, as I spent lots of hours in college playing bridge -- although, as I come to think of it, most of the people I played against learned to play either from me or from the people who taught me. (There were colonies of bridge players in the math department and also in the student-owned co-op I lived in.)

I haven't played much since then, although there was a while where I played online with friends from college every so often, but even that has trailed off.

Anyway:

When did you learn to play bridge?

Before high school.
3(10.0%)
During high school.
4(13.3%)
During college.
6(20.0%)
After I was done with education.
4(13.3%)
I've never played bridge, but am not particularly averse to learning sometime.
10(33.3%)
I've never played bridge, and I never want to.
3(10.0%)

I have played bridge:

with people a generation or more older than me.
3(15.0%)
with people around my age.
0(0.0%)
online.
0(0.0%)
in the same physical room as the other players.
0(0.0%)
drunk.
0(0.0%)
high.
0(0.0%)
naked.
1(5.0%)

I've played bridge and:

I'm in my 20s or younger.
4(16.0%)
I'm in my thirties.
9(36.0%)
I'm in my forties.
4(16.0%)
I'm in my fifties or older.
0(0.0%)
Actually, no, I've never played bridge.
7(28.0%)
I've played bridge, but I'm not telling you how old I am.
1(4.0%)


Bridge questions, comments, and anecdotes are welcomed in the comments.

Also, I promise this is not part of a plot to lure my unsuspecting friends into the ways of bridge-playing. (Unless they want to be lured in, of course.)
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