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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
Edwin B. Kantar
December 22, 1975
On the first day of Christmas your true love may have given you a partridge in a pear tree, but I can't afford that, so I am going to give you a bridge hand, followed by 11 more. You can sample one a day through the holidays or try them at one sitting—it's up to you. The good news is that you will not make any poor bids because this quiz is on play; the bad news is that the hands are tough. They are graded in order of difficulty—five points for each of the first three, 10 for the next three, 15 for the next four, 20 for the first of two double dummy problems and 25 for the last. Turn to page 86 for the solutions.
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December 22, 1975

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

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[Queen of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[8 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[8 of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

Your plan should be to first lead up to the king of spades before taking the diamond finesse. In the first place, 1975 has been a very bad year for finesses. Secondly, you increase your chances twofold.

By leading a spade before a diamond you make the hand anytime West has either the ace of spades or the king of diamonds. By leading a diamond first you only make the hand when West has the king of diamonds. If West has the ace of spades you will be able to discard your losing diamond on the king of spades.

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NORTH

[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[Jack of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[Queen of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[King of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]

WEST

[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[Jack of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[9 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[King of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[6 of Clubs]

SOUTH

[Ace of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[2 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]

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