Last week’s puzzle answer was RAISE. I’ll let a solver explain:
The 7 cards are 4 of hearts, 4 of clubs, 3 of hearts, 8 of diamonds, 2 of diamonds, 6 of spades, and 5 of spades.
Taking the indexed letter from each suit, we get R-B-A-S-I-S-E.
The best hand that can be formed is a 6-high straight, so we discard the 8 and one of the 4s.
This leaves R/B-A-I-S-E, so we discard the 4 of clubs to get RAISE.
And we should definitely raise, as the only hole cards that can beat us are 7-4 or 7-9.
Up next is puzzle #72, “Let’s Twist Again.”
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