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Elementary, My Dear Watson


Sherlock Holmes would have no trouble finding the villain on each of the six auctions below; but then, he’s in a class by himself. See if you can spot the worst call made by East-West. Also, decide what would be the proper call instead, and the correct final contract that should be reached. Happy hunting!

1. None Vul

S K 8
H K Q 7 3
D 10 6 4 2
C 9 7 2
TableS 4 3
H A 2
D A K J 8 7 5
C A 8 3

West

3 H
5 D
North
1 S
Pass
Pass
East
Dbl
4 D
Pass
South
2 S
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

2. N-S Vul

S A 9 7 2
H 3
D 8 6 2
C Q 9 7 6 5
TableS Q J 3
H 9 7 6
D A K Q
C A K J 2

West

1 S
3 C
North
1 H
Pass
Pass
East
Dbl
2 H
Pass
South
Pass
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

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S K Q 10 2
H 2
D 2
C A K 9 8 6 5 4
TableS A J 9 7 6
H A 4 3
D 9 8 6 5
C 2

West

4 S
5 S
North
1 H
5 H
Pass
East
1 S
Dbl
Pass
South
2 H
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

4. Both Vul

S 7 5 3
H Q J 8 7
D Q 9 2
C A 4 3
TableS Q J 2
H A K 6 2
D A K 3
C J 10 2

West

2 C
3 H
Pass
North
1 S
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
1 NT
2 H
4 H
South
Pass
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

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S 10 5 2
H K Q J 9
D A 10 8 5
C 8 2
TableS 3
H A 2
D K Q J 9 7
C Q J 9 7 6

West

3 C
North
2 S
Pass
East
2 NT
Pass
South
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

6. N-S Vul

S K J 3
H K J 9 8 7
D 5 3
C Q 10 4
TableS A 5 2
H Q 10
D 4 2
C A K J 8 7 5

West

3 H
5 C
North
2 D
Pass
Pass
East
3 C
4 C
Pass
South
Pass
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

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Answers

1.Dbl
2 D
3 NT

2.3 C
4 C
5 C

3.4 S
4 NT
6 S

4.2 C
2 NT
3 NT

5.2 NT
3 D
4 D

6.4 C
4 H
4 H

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