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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, April 5, 2014
Tilt too far
Old English writ
Solution to Friday's puzzle
The word may sound familiar, but do you know
what it means?
Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3 x 3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusively.
Better be ready
Are you ready for a
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
Natural disasters can strike anytime, anywhere.
There are simple steps you can take to help
protect your family from a natural disaster.
Call your Emergency Management Office and the
Red Cross for further details.
Find out which disasters could occur in your area
and how to prepare.
Ask how you would be warned of an emergency.
Learn your communities' evacuation routes.
Ask where your nearest emergency shelters are
Ask about any special assistance for the elderly or
Ask about the plans in place at work, schools or
day care centres as well.
Create an Emergency Plan:
Meet with household members. Discuss with chil-
dren the dangers of fire, severe weather, earth-
quakes and other emergencies.
Discuss how to respond to each disaster that
Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark two escape
routes from each room. Practise an emergency
evacuation drill at least two times a year.
Learn how to turn off your water, gas and electric-
ity at the main switches.
Discuss what to do about power outages and per-
Post emergency numbers near telephones:
ODPM (Trinidad) - 640-1285/8905/8653/
800-ODPM website: odpm.gov.tt
ODPM (Tobago) - 660-7489/7686
Police - 999
Fire Services - 990
Coast Guard - 634-4440/4532/4554
Defence Force - 634-4532
Ambulance Service (EHS) - 624-4343
EMA - 628-8042
T&TEC - 625-1296/1774
TSTT - 6611
National Gas - 800-4427
Nearest health facility
Teach children how and when to call 999, Police and
Fire Services and how to make long distance calls.
Instruct household members to turn to the radio
for emergency information.
Pick one out-of-the-area-relative and one local
friend or relative for family members to call or
meet at if separated by a disaster.
Take a basic First Aid course and CPR class.
Make a list of valuables. Keep family records in a
waterproof and fireproof container.
Prepare a disaster supply list:
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Canned goods, non-perishable foods and a
non-electric can opener
- Drinking water
- Any special dietary food if required
- Identification, cash, valuable papers,
insurance policies and photos
- Battery-operated radio with extra batteries
- Personal hygiene items
- Disposable utensils
- Infant-care items
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Easy carrying container (bag) for all items.
Prepare a First Aid Kit:
- Prescription medications, betadine solu-
tion, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, sterile
pads, band aids, triangular bandages, safety
scissors, non-prescription medication, sun
screen, insect repellent, non-latex gloves,
absorbent compress 5x9 dressing, adhesive
bandages (assorted sizes), antiseptic wipes,
antibiotic ointment packets, etc.
Prepare an Emergency Car Kit:
Battery powered radio (with extra batteries),
flashlight (with extra batteries), sleeping
bags or blankets, first-aid kit and manual,
bottled water, non-perishable high energy
foods such as granola bars, raisins and
peanut butter, booster cables, a fire extin-
guisher, maps, shovel, tyre repair kit and
pump and flares.
T&T Red Cross Society
1 Married title
2 Tree with silver-grey bark
7&3 Experts (3,5)
8 Proceeded swiftly on
9 Finest clothes or best . . .
11 Immature male
13&14 Winning of all races
across the board (5,5)
14 See 13
1 Student doctor
2 Garment for keeping
splashes off clothes
4 Small label
5 Junior Scout
6 Chattering European
10 A light punch
12 Type of artist's paint
ACROSS: 1 Mrs 2 Ash 4
11 Boy 13 Clean 14
DOWN: 1 Medic 2 Apron
Jay 10 Bop 12 Oil
Poker cheats came in all shapes and
sizes when the game was mostly a
back-alley, saloon and riverboat oper-
ation in the late 1800s. One's imag-
ination and commitment to the cheat
were the only limitations.
Mechanical devices were commonplace
and received a lot of amusing historical
attention. In his book "52 Ways to Cheat
at Poker," author Allan Kronzek sum-
marises them wonderfully.
There were items called "bugs" that
a player could attach to the underside of
the table. It would hold a card in place so
the cheat could use it whenever it was
convenient to put it back into play. The
card was either skimmed out of the dis-
cards, or originated from an outside deck.
The bug allowed a player to switch out
a card based on need, as a spring in the
device allowed it to be worked without
the player suspiciously placing his hands
under the table.
The simplest device may have been
the "Bean Shooter," which also was the
most cliched cheat. It was the standard
card up the sleeve, as the cheat would
fashion a clip with a few rubber bands to
hold the card in place. The player would
load it up via the opposite hand, and the
card would shoot up the arm until it was
For the bug and the shooter to work,
the cheat had to master the hand motions
and be very subtle to avoid detection --
but you still can t help but think he had
to be playing against completely oblivious
P.J. Kepplinger invented perhaps the
most famous cheating instrument. In the
1880s, the San Francisco gambler was also
a genius in the machine shop. He devel-
oped a contraption, worn under plain
clothing, that had a cable-and-pulley sys-
tem running from his legs all the way to
his wrist. By simply spreading and closing
his knees under the table, the device was
so successful, Kepplinger got the nickname
"The Lucky Dutchman" because he never
lost when playing poker.
He had a great run, but eventually the
competition wised up. Fellow players, tired
of losing, pinned him down in his seat
and ripped off his shirt, exposing the
device. Instead of tossing Kepplinger into
a pile of garbage with a few broken bones,
they were so impressed by the cheating
device that they went into business with
one another. The knee device was so pop-
ular that it was even sold in catalogues
But the really advanced cheats went
beyond the acts of any particular person.
In 1895, an incredible heist came to the
attention of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News
that involved a group of cheats who worked
the Midwest and Appalachian states.
The troop would send one person into
the town, disguised as a legitimate sales-
person for a playing-card company. The
cards were sold at discounted rates or even
given away for free anywhere there was
a whiff of a game.
In an era where a gambling joint could
go weeks playing with the same warped
deck of paper cards, new setups were a
tremendous luxury, so they were quickly
put into play.
That was when the rest of the gang
descended into the town and started play-
ing in the poker games. The decks, of
course, were marked, and these players
knew exactly what to look for to bleed
the community poker-playing population
dry over time.
In a matter of weeks, the News reported
that the gang won more than $15,000, a
sum well over $1 million in today s dollars.
Why cheat with a single card when you
can turn every deck in town in your favour?
Got a poker question or have a
comment? E-mail Chuck at
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