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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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[4 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[Queen of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]

EAST

[Ace of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[8 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[9 of Diamonds]
[6 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]
[10 of Clubs]

The problem here is that trumps might break 4-1, leaving you with both a trump and a spade loser. In order to cater to that contingency you must win the first heart in your hand (no credit unless you do) and play off your three high trumps, discarding either a spade or a diamond from dummy.

If trumps were 3-2 (dreamer), simply give up a spade and use the remaining spade to discard a heart in case that suit does not break 3-3.

However, if trumps are 4-1 you must avoid the spade loser. That can be done with the help of a little luck. Cross to dummy with a heart and take the diamond finesse (forget what year it is, this is a must finesse), cash the ace of diamonds, return to dummy with another heart (see why you won the first heart in your hand?) and discard your losing spade on the king of diamonds. Of course, for this play to work you need the queen of diamonds with East and hearts breaking 3-3, but something is still better than nothing.

10

NORTH

[2 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[7 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Jack of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[10 of Clubs]
[8 of Clubs]
[7 of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[3 of Clubs]
[2 of Clubs]

WEST

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