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Horrors of the Wax Museum

Welcome! You are about to see the world’s most lifelike creations in wax. Before we begin the tour, I must warn you not to touch the figures. The realism may seem astounding at times, but you’ll have to trust me: They’re all wax.

The highlight of our tour is the Chamber of Horrors, where you will see six exhibits on the art of self-defense. Cameras are forbidden, and please stay with the group. This way, please.

As West, after making your opening lead you suspect that South (a wax robot, or lady, you can’t be sure) has perpetrated a horror in the early play. Your goal is to find the best defense to capitalize; but please, no capital crimes. This is a family web site, so the body count must be held to a minimum. Simply select your next lead from the options listed. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.

Bidding is Standard American, and you use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume partner is an expert, but South could be horribly deranged.

In October 2004 these problems were presented as a contest with 902 entrants from 111 locations around the world. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If you’re lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*

*Prizes include a wax bust of Madame Tussauds and an 18th century guillotine, safely converted to a PavCo Slice-o-Matic. Winners must be
at least 18 years of age and wear a waxed mustache. Prizes void where prohibited by law, or where such prohibitions do not exist.

Are you ready for the Chamber? As you pass Marie Antoinette, you will see a bridge table. Be sure to sit West, away from the guillotine. Relax! The last two groups made it through just fine. This way, please.

Problem 1

IMPs
None Vul
S 10 2
H 9 3
D A Q J 9 2
C Q J 10 5
You
West

Pass
Dummy
North

3 NT
 
East

All Pass
Wax Lady
South
1 NT
S Q J 9 5
H K J 7 2
D 6 3
C K 9 4
Table3 NT South

Trick
1 W
Lead
S Q
2nd
2
3rd
7
4th
3

Your next lead: SSHHDC 4

Problem 2

IMPs
Both Vul
S Q 9 2
H A Q J 10
D A 4 3
C A J 10
You
West

Pass
Dummy
North
1 C
3 NT
 
East
Pass
All Pass
Wax Lady
South
1 NT
S J 10 8 7
H 9 7 4
D K J 7
C K 9 3
Table3 NT South

Trick
1 W
2 S
3 N
Lead
S J
D 5
D 3
2nd
Q
7
10
3rd
K
A
Q
4th
A
2
K

Your next lead: S 10  SHDCC 3

Problem 3

IMPs
N-S Vul
S 5 3
H J 8 5
D Q 4
C A K Q 9 6 4
You
West
1 S
Dbl
Pass
Dummy
North
2 C
Pass
3 H
 
East
Pass
2 S
All Pass
Wax Lady
South
2 H
Pass
S K Q 10 8 4
H A K 3
D A 10 5
C J 2
Table3 H South

Trick
1 W
2 S
Lead
S K
H 2
2nd
3
K
3rd
6
5
4th
A
4

Your next lead: SSDDCC 2

Problem 4

IMPs
N-S Vul
S K 10 3
H A 8 2
D A 8 3
C A J 6 2
You
West

Dbl
All Pass
Dummy
North
1 NT
Pass
 
East
Pass
Pass
Wax Lady
South
4 H1
4 S
S A
H Q J 10 9 6 5
D Q J
C K 10 8 7
Table4 S South

Trick
1 W
2 S
Lead
H Q
S J
2nd
2
A
3rd
4
3
4th
K
6

1. Texas transfer

Your next lead: HH 10  HDCC 10

Problem 5

IMPs
None Vul
S K 8 6
H A J 6 2
D A Q 3
C Q J 2
You
West
1 H
Dbl
Dummy
North
1 NT
Pass
 
East
Pass
Pass
Wax Lady
South
5 C
Pass
S A Q J 10
H K Q 9 7 5
D K 9 2
C A
Table5 C× South

Trick
1 W
2 N
3 S
Lead
H K
H 2
S 3
2nd
A
4
A
3rd
3
C 6
6
4th
10
5
2

Your next lead: SHHDDC A

Problem 6

IMPs
E-W Vul
S A 4
H K 5 3
D A Q 4 3
C K 8 4 2
You
West

Pass
All Pass
Dummy
North

4 NT
 
East

Pass
Wax Lady
South
1 NT
6 NT
S J 10 3
H Q 4
D J 10 9 7
C J 10 6 5
Table6 NT South

Trick
1 W
2 S
3 N
Lead
D J
H J
H 3
2nd
3
4
6
3rd
6
K
10
4th
K
2
Q

Your next lead: SS 10  D 10  DCC 5

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Acknowledgments to Warner Bros. House of Wax (1953) starring Vincent Price
© 2004 Richard Pavlicek