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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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NORTH

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

WEST

[Ace of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[10 of Hearts]
[Diamonds]
[Clubs]

SOUTH

[Jack of Spades]
[7 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[Hearts]
[Diamonds]
[Queen of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]

EAST

[8 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[10 of Diamonds]
[10 of Clubs]

South covers with the queen and West must find a major suit discard. If it is the ten of spades, South wins the club shift in his hand and ruffs two spades in dummy, establishing his jack.

If, on the other hand, West discards the ten of hearts, South overtakes the club queen with the king and ruffs two hearts in the closed hand, establishing dummy's jack of hearts for the 12th trick.

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