Ok – what do you call a bridge player? This sometimes comes up in cryptic crosswords.
People are expecting the answer to be something clever or funny. “A bridgeist” “plain mad!!” – I’m sure you can think of a whole host of clever, funny or just facetious answers.
The reality is much more mundane and most crossword compilers are after the simplest of the answers. Bridge is played by 4 players who sit around a table playing in pairs. Each player is named after a point on the compass – north, south, east or west. Or more likely for crossword purposes – N, S, E or W.
Cryptic crossword compilers enjoy using as many words as possible for the shortest possible answer. Most will simply ask you for a point of the compass or a direction – but some will ask you for a bridge player – all to get you to add an n, or an s, or an e or a w to your answer.
Depending on your crossword there are some other possible answers – in each game one player is called “declarer”, one is called “responder”, one is “dummy” (although strictly speaking dummy isn’t a player as that hand is played by dummy’s partner, the declarer) and declarer’s opponents are “defenders”.
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