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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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SOUTH

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

CONTRACT: 6s
The opening lead is the four of hearts. What is your best chance of bringing home this ungodly slam?

8

NORTH

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

SOUTH

[4 of Clubs]
[10 of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[6 of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Ace of Spades]
[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[5 of Diamonds]
[3 of Diamonds]

CONTRACT: 3NT
You win the opening spade lead with the king as East plays the discouraging deuce. What do you play from your own hand and dummy at trick two?

9

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