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# On Top of the World

Scores by Richard Pavlicek

Such a feeling’s coming over me. There is wonder in most ev’rything I see. No, this is not a story about wonder bids, but a bidding poll on six problems from a past tournament. When and where? That’s my little secret for now, though you’re invited to guess from the clues. (You can rule out Mount Everest and the North Pole, hehe.) But don’t worry about that; just choose your calls as South.

In May of 2004 these problems were presented as a poll, with 1265 entrants from 118 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.

Not a cloud in the sky; got the sun in my eyes; and I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream… And the reason is clear; it’s because you are here; you’re the nearest thing to heaven that I’ve seen (OK, I lie a lot). Now start bidding, or I’ll sing another chorus.

## Problem 1

 IMPs N-S vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass NorthPass1 EastPassPass South1 ? A Q 10 9 8 A K Q 6 A 8 6 2 Your call? 2  2  2 NT 3  3 NT

## Problem 2

 IMPs N-S vul You, South, hold: WestPass NorthPass1 East1 1 NT SouthDbl? A Q 10 7 5 A J 9 5 Q A Q 3 Your call? Pass Dbl 2  2  2  3  4

## Problem 3

 IMPs N-S vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 2 EastPassPass South1 ? K 10 9 7 A J 6 5 5 A 9 5 3 Your call? Pass 2  2 NT 3  3  3 NT 4

## Problem 4

 IMPs None vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North2 14 East1 PassPass South2 3 ? A 5 2 A 6 J 10 A Q 10 9 8 7 1. general force Your call? 4  4  4 NT 5  5  5 NT (pick slam) 6

## Problem 5

 IMPs None vul You, South, hold: WestPassPass North1 2 NT EastPassPass South2 ? Q 10 5 2 — A Q J 10 7 3 2 K 10 Your call? 3  3  3  3 NT 4 (Gerber) 4  5

## Problem 6

 IMPs Both vul You, South, hold: WestPass North1 EastPass1 SouthPass? 9 8 2 J 8 6 3 — Q 10 9 7 4 3 Your call? Pass Dbl 1  2  3 (limit raise) 4  5

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Acknowledgments to songwriters Richard Carpenter and John Bettis