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Bridge 1225

No bah humbug, only questions

    I hope all my readers and their families will have a merry Christmas and a happy holiday.
Scrooge, wanting to continue to be Mr. Nice Guy, has produced a selection of bridge problems for everyone to answer sometime during Christmas.
    1. With West the dealer and neither side vulnerable, how would the auction proceed?
    2. Assuming the three active players know where all of the cards lie, what leads from West would defeat four hearts?
    3. Ignoring the actual layout and assuming no entry problems, how should you play the North-South spade holding for six tricks?
    The last two questions refer to single hands in the diagram, not the whole deal. In both cases, the opponents pass throughout.
    4. East deals and opens one diamond. What should he rebid after West responds one spade?
    5. South deals and opens one heart. What should he rebid after North responds two clubs?
Finally, include at least one example of a collective noun for bridge, the funnier the better. For example, a fistful of cards.
    Mail your entries to Phillip Alder, Newspaper Enterprise Association, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, to arrive by Jan. 16. (Readers outside North America have an extra week.) You may also e-mail your responses through my Web site at The answers will be given on Jan. 27 and the prizewinners announced on March 24.
    Please take as read all the usual disclaimers, and remember that this is primarily for fun.

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