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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, November 18, 1974 Ask Andy ARMADILLO Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Students Encyclopedia to Gloria Moman. age 12, of Milwaukee, Wis., for her question: What does an armadillo eat? Sometimes the armadillo is listed among the anteaters and, certainly, he eats his share of both ants and ter- mites. However, usually there are not enough of these insects around to satisfy his enor- mous appetite. Fortunately his diet also includes a vast assortment of other animal food, alive or dead, plus fruits for dessert. The 20 armadillo species are remarkable armor-plated mammals that belong to Central and South America. The nine-banded armadillo ranges north of the Mexican border into Texas and several neighboring states. Sections of his stiff shell cover his little pointed face, his shoulders and his rump. Looping over his wide waist are nine jdinted bands that allow him to bend. A large specimen may weigh up to 15 pounds. His small, thin head and chunky body measure 17 inches and his skinny 16-inch tail is ring- ed with jointed armor. The legs that peep below his shell are really large, long-toed feet with mighty claws for digging. For a creature this size, he has a very large appetite, and he does most of his foraging at night. His favorite foods are assorted insects, which make up about 80% of his diet. When he finds a nest of ants or ter- mites, he uses his might claws to rip it apart. As the panic- stricken insects scurry to and fro, he shoots out his long sticky tongue and gathers them up by the mouthful He also devours centipedes, roaches and grasshoppers, plus sugar-cane borers and other insects that destroy our crops. Certainly he is very fond of bugs and grubs of all sorts. He also enjoys bird eggs, baby birds and other small animals. He also eats any dead meat that he happens to find, es- pecially when it is maggoty. Whenever possible, he feasts on such fruit as blackberries and tasty mulberries. Obviously the armadillo is not a fussy eater and almost anything will do for dinner. Since he eats both meat and vegetable food, he is rated as an omnivorous animal. And because of his mixed diet, peo- ple regard him as mixed blessing. His fondness for eggs makes him a nuisance in the chicken run. On the other hand, he helps to reduce the grasshopper and borer pop- ulations in the vegetable gar- den. Sometimes he forages from early evening until midmor- ning. But he is a shy creature and prefers to keep out of sight. When startled, he can waddle fairly fast OF even swim to safety. However, he feels safest in the un- derground burrow, where he spends most of the day. asked by chil- dren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box. Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973) Goren on Bridge BY CHARLES H. GOREN AND OMAR SHARIF 1974, ThtCXIugo Tribune vulner- able, as South you hold: 4KQ87 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 1 Pass 1 What action do you take? Though .you have a better than minimum hand, there is nothing you can do for the moment- Partner did not have the values to raise clubs or respond in diamonds, and the opponents have bid two of your suits. If you remain silent, they might get themselves into hot water. Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold: WKQ5 A52 4AK2 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 1 Pass 1 9 What action do you take? Bid one no trump. Despite the fact that you hold 20 points in hiifh cards, there is no need for more drastic action. The very that you rebid one no trump in the face of partner's pass and bidding from both opponents. shows that you have a hand that was too strong to open one no trump originally. Both vulnerable, as South you hold: A 104342 The bidding has proceeded: North East South 1 NT 2 What action do you take? Bid three no trumps. You don't promise a heart stopper with this bid partner pre sumably had onr- for his no trump There is no other bid available, for a bid of three dia- monds would be competitive and not forcing, and your hand is much too strong for that. vulnerable, as South vou hold: A1093 4K876 The bidding has proceeded: North East South 1 NT 2 What action do you take' .V hid tit-arts. Had rot inl'-rf'.-red. you would vmpioyrd Stayman to chirk rrn part Tnajnr suit hnldings. Kast's iviTrall has prevented you from that. Nmv. a cut-hid of thr Mii1 asks partm-r 1o NiH x fniir major rias 'Tv-. to go on to vulnerable, as South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: North East South IV 2 What action do you take? two spades. While you can certainly expect to beat the opponents at two diamonds, a double might not yield adequate recompense. If partner has spade support, your side could easily have a slam, and you should not abandon that possi- bility without some investiga- tion. You should be safe for game in either three no trump, four hearts or four spades. vulnerable, as South vou hold: 4KQJ987 VK1042 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 2 Dble. Pass 7 What do you bid now? spades. Low-level penalty doubles are usually co- operative, and partner's penalty double is based in part on the expectation of two or three de- fensive tricks in your hand. He could be sorely disappointed. Although his double tends to deny support for your suit, your spades are good enough to play even opposite a singleton, and should be rebid in preference to showing your heart suit. vulner- able, as South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 1 24 Dble. 2 4 What do you bid now? Give partner the right of way. If he can double two spades, you should collect a handsome penalty. To double or bid in front of partner could be presumptuous, and might turn a positive score into a loss. vulnerable, as South you hold: 4AQ876 4 AK10987 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East 14 If 14 29 3 V Pass 3 4 Pass What do you bid now? spadt-s. In all likeli- hood, z slam depends on finding partner w-ith a diamond control to prevent opponents from