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Perfect Cribbage Hand

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Some onetime readers might find this surprising, but I’m a fairly serious cribbage player. I first learned the game in the early 90s, and I play on average about a dozen games a week. I once got a 28 point hand, which those of you who play know consists of four 5s and a court card. But today, quite unexpectedly on the first hand of the second game, I was dealt the jack of clubs, and the fives of spades, hearts, and diamonds. I tossed the other two cards in my opponent’s crib without a thought (and can’t for the life of me recall what they were), and waited for a lame cut like a two or three.

My surprise was complete when the five of clubs was cut. That equals 28 points but adds one for having a jack of the same suit as the cut card. 29 points! The odds of this hand are said to be 216,580 to 1.

Here’s my perfect hand:


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October 14, 2008 at 8:16 pm

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There is a wonderful lady in Newport RI who runs a marvelous gallery. Her name is Ilse Buchert Nesbitt, and she creates woodcuts which she prints herself on very old-fashioned equipment. I own two of her pieces, one of which, a Daphne, is reproduced here:

My other piece is a woodcut entitled “Forest Pond.” Should you find yourself in Newport, I highly recommend a visit with Ilse at Third & Elm Press.

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May 31, 2004 at 5:52 pm

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