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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta JiiiPiM "VT- 1 Ask Andy Your Rv JEAN! DIXON Wheat beards Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Stu- dents Encyclopedia to Kenny Ferda, 12, of Medford, Okla., for his question: Why do wheat and barley, have beards? Roses are red and violets are blue because their insect friends are color-conscious. Green leaves rise above ground to soak up the sunny air. Roots probe, down to soak up the rich moisture in the crumbly soil. Tfcere's a good reason for every device in the plant world. The seeds cf wheat and bearded barley have whiskers to hitch- hike runaway rides from home. The earth provides special places for more than different plants. Each species is designed to manufacture its own food, to produce off- spring and to cope with a few other survival problems. the plant world, there are millions of different devices to cope with these few basic problems. For example, the seed-bearing plants have countless built-in devices to avoid overcrowding for the next This botanical deparment is called seed dispersal. Almost every seed-bearing plant has its own ingenious device to scat- ter its seeds so that the next generation has room to grow. This is wny the wheat and the bearded barley provide their seeds with spiky whiskers. Many plants depend on the wind to waft their seeds to new places. The seed of the sycamore maple tree has two papery wings to glide on the breezes. The dandelion seed drifts on a feathery parachute. Other plants depend on water to float their seeds to new homes. The coconut has a thick fibrous coat to keep it afloat wMle ocean currents raft it from island to island. j Other plants use psa-stooter1 devices to scatter their seeds. When the equirting cucumber is ripe, its shell pops open with a jerk and squirts its seeds as far as 20 feet. Some plants depend on ani- mals to carry their seeds to faraway places. When a bird flies off with a cherry, he may drop the seed in the neighboring orchard. When he eats a whole raspberry, the tiny seeds are dropped later with his body wastes. A prickly burr is a born hitchhiker. When a sheep brushes by, it books onto his fleecy coat. Wheat and barley grow tall stems and stack their seeds in neat rows at the top. Each seed is sheathed in a papery husk. The barley and some wheat busks' have lonb bristles called awns. These add the whiskery beards to the seed packages. As they ripen, the awns become very dry and wheat husks have long bristles hitch rides on animals and pas- sing people. When they fall off, the awns help to anchor the seeds in the soil, perhaps in unoccupied territory far from home. Wheat and barley are cer eal grasses that must sprou and produce seeds during one short summer season. Fo countless ages mankind has sel ected strains with the.fattest By JiANI DIXON July 23, 1973 THI UTHMIOOI HIRMD 17 This tends to handicap the natural methods of seed dis- persal used by their ancestors Some fancy wheat strains bav Pass 1 NT Pass What do you bid now: A hearts. Partner can hardly expect you to bold more considering that you passed ftnt and responded with a simple at your next torn. Your jump now Is not forcing. Q. vulnerable, as South you bold: O76 The bidding has proceeded: Soatb West North East 1 Pass l 0 Pass What do you bid now? should seize this oppor- tunity to show jour four-card mtior at a low level hi prefer- ence to rebidding the six-card minor. To rebld a six-card rait willy-nilly before showing a four- card cult Is a hangover from gay "Me. Bid one heart. O- South, vulnerable, you bold: 4 950432 S The bidding tats proceeded: North East Swrth West 1 Paw I V Pass Z Pass 3 Pass 3 O Dble. What do you bid now? the temptation to show your mild spade fit at point. Yon have already kept toe bidding open anS shown a pref- erence for partner's first suit. This is all von are entitled to do oa this balanced minimum. A bid by you now would show addi- tional ralcesu Pass, and let part- ner have the next ssy. Q. 4 Neither vulnerable, partner opens with one no trump and you haM: OK1CC4 What is ysur response? Is highly probable that, facing a balanced hand of at !S points, 3 oar balding will produce in hearts. There- fore, we recommend a direct leap four hearts. A bid or three hearts would tot improper, for that would denote more in tht> way ef high Q, J Both sides vulner- able, you have 60 part score and yon hold: VAK4J CKQJII3 Your right-hand opponent opens with one heart. What do you bid? preference for a simple overcall at two diamonds, tho this may seem strange with a hand worth 22 points. A out double is Inadvisable because partner, who probably holds long spades, may take the bidding dan- gerously high on a misfit If in- vited into the auction. chances of missing slam by mas> Ing a simple overcall are remote. Partner must enough to take action if your side it going to win 1Z Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: The bidding has proceeded: Santa West North East 1 Pass 1 0 Pass What do yon bid now? band is too powerful for a mere one spade rebld. Bow- ever, a jump to two spades is not recommended because of balanced nature of your bold- would expect at least nine cards in the black suits. So our vote goes to two Bo trump. Tho not completely forcing, it is the bid most likely to elicit a fur- ther act from partner, white at the same time accurately de- scribing your holding [balanced, H-2B Q. 7 Neither vulnerable, as South you bold: 4A2 bidding has proceeded: South Weft North East 1 O Pass 1 Pass 2 O Pats 3 Pass What do you bid now? a demerit if you bid three no trump. Partner's hand Is unbalanced. All jour strength is concentrated la quick tricks, your long" suit may take quite a whce to establish and your spade stopper might be eliminated in short order. We recommend a raise to four hearts. Remember, two low trumps are adequate once partner has made a Jump rebid in the Q. 8 East-West vulner- able, as Sooth you hold: 4VIM9 Postmaster General Andre Oueliet presided at the official introduction of an eight-cent .stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the arri- val of Scottish settlers in Pic- er, store it in the freezing com- partment. It is still spreadable. but a great deal softer, which some people may like. Dilution Phone cf the margarine with one-third jsEfflower oil greatly improves i the ratio, since safflower oil is i only eight per csat saturated is 72 per cent polyunsat- j urated fat. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Send TOOT questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this news- paper. P.O. Box IS5I. Radio CHy Station. New York. N.Y. 10819. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on choles- terol, send 5fl cents to the same adlress and ask for "Cholesterol" booklet SHORT Frank ONtol the HORWSLE-ty Oik Brown. KEY. SHERIFF TBTOB.IS }N 890M 1ME BUGS BUNNY IDMftSHtftfiHGClM ;