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Island of the Dinosaurs

Warning: You are about to embark on a Jurassic journey. All bridge players are invited to try this bidding challenge based on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s my little secret, but you can be sure it was a long time ago. All you have to do is choose your call as South from the choices offered.

In September 2002 these problems were presented as a poll, with 900 entrants from 105 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. Object is to find the best call based on judgment so only basic conventions are allowed. For a system reference, see Standard American Bridge.

Please be careful, as your safety cannot be assured. [Thump] Did you hear something?
[Thump, thump] If it keeps getting louder, run like hell.

Problem 1

Rubber BridgeNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North

3 D
4 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
4 D
?
S A 7 4
H A Q 10 6 5
D 10 9 8 4
C 3
 
Your call: Pass  4 S  4 NT  5 C  5 D  5 H

Problem 2

Rubber BridgeBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West
Pass
North
1 NT
East
Pass
South
?
S J 9 3
H Q 9 8
D 7
C K 9 8 4 3 2
 
Your call: Pass  2 C  2 NT  3 C (sign-off)  3 NT

Problem 3

Rubber BridgeBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
Pass
North
Pass1
1 H
3 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
2 S
?
S A Q 10 3
H A
D A Q 9 7
C A 7 5 2
 

1. Partner does not play weak two-bids.

Your call: 3 NT  4 C  4 H  4 NT  5 H

Problem 4

Rubber BridgeBoth VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North
1 D
3 D
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?
S J 10 9 3
H J 8
D K 8 4
C A 5 3 2
 
Your call: Pass  3 H  3 NT  4 C  4 D  5 D

Problem 5

Rubber BridgeNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

2 NT1
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
?
S K Q J 10 8
H A K 7 5
D Q
C A 9 2
 

1. 13-15 balanced

Your call: 3 C  3 H  3 S  4 C (Gerber)  4 NT

Problem 6

Rubber BridgeNone VulYou, South, hold:
 
West

Pass
North

2 H
East

Pass
South
1 C
?
S K Q 7 6
H 7 5 4
D 10 4
C A Q 8 7
 

Call and opinion: A. 2 S; agree with 1 C
B. 2 S; would not open
C. 2 NT; agree with 1 C
D. 2 NT; would not open
E. 3 H; agree with 1 C
F. 3 H; would not open

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