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Catch a Falling Star

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Love may come and tap you on the shoulder, some starless night! But first, try this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s for me to know and for you to find out, but the artist who sang the title song is a clue. Never mind about that. Just choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In May 2001 these problems were presented as a poll, with 519 entrants from 96 locations.
The poll is closed, but you can still try it as a quiz and find your score immediately.

Assume both sides use Standard American bidding (unless noted otherwise) with 15-17 notrumps,
five-card majors and weak two-bids. The object is to determine the best calls based on judgment,
so only basic conventions are allowed. For a system reference, see Standard American Bridge.

The quiz is waiting! Never let it fade away — or if you prefer — save it for a rainy day.

Problem 1

 IMPs Both vul You, South, hold: WestPassPassPass North1 2 NT13 EastPassPassPass South1 3 ? Q J 7 5 A 8 5 K J 5 2 8 6 1. 19-20 HCP Your call? 3 NT 4  4  4  4 NT 5

Problem 2

 IMPs E-W vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 2 3 EastPassPassPass South1 2 ? A J 10 9 7 A 8 7 5 2 10 5 4 Your call? 3  3 NT 4  4  4 NT 5

Problem 3

 IMPs None vul You, South, hold: WestPass NorthPass East3 South? A A K J 4 3 A K Q 10 9 7 3 Your call? Dbl 3 NT 4  4  4 NT 5  6

Problem 4

 IMPs N-S vul You, South, hold: West North East2 1 South? A K J 10 8 5 J Q 10 6 4 3 2 — 1. weak Your call? Dbl 2  3  3 (Michaels) 3  4

Problem 5

 IMPs N-S vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 3 EastPassPassPass SouthPass1 ? Q J 8 7 3 10 2 A Q 4 6 4 3 Your call? 3  3  4  4  4  5

Problem 6

 IMPs E-W vul You, South, hold: West4 North1 Pass East3 Pass South3 NT? 10 9 6 K 4 Q J 10 7 6 A K 7 Your call? Pass Dbl 4 NT 5  5

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Credits to Perry Como and songwriters Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss