Grant that Allen Ludden is everybody's favorite (among his avid followers) in his role as master of ceremonies on the popular TV quiz show, ""College Bowl"". Perhaps it is here that one looks for a market for this book, for which he claims authority on the basis of his own long and happy marriage. But for some readers he opens himself wide with such comments on familiar irritations that beset newly-weds as these: ""I'll evel with you, my friend...Play it out the way you've started and your wife will get more sympathy than you will"". Each brief bout of dutch-uncle advice contains a variant on the complaint...""married life is a drag""; ""you're a lousy lover""; ""in a year and a half of marriage we've probably averaged one good fight a week;"" ...Ludden counsels patience; look at her/his side; talk it out -- and lots of love. Possibly the misery-loves-company seekers among the youngest marrieds will find this a recognizable approach. However, the tone, the vocabulary, the problems discussed and the advice iven are none of them subtle or deep.