Challenge 8X09 by Richard Pavlicek
Faithful friends, who are dear to us, gather near to us, once more. Yes, thats a pretty Christmas song (except maybe the line Make the yuletide gay, which could use an update). Regardless of faith, however, I think all will agree there is too much hatred in the world today. Too many heavy hearts. The solution may be for people to lighten up; laugh at the enemy instead of killing them. Live and let live.
The world crisis is difficult to change, but being light with your heart(s) is sure to help on these problems. In each case, partner leads the K, and you hold the ace. Do you signal? Or overtake? As East, simply choose your play. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale, per my judgment.
In December 2004 these problems were presented as a contest with 1040 entrants from 116 locations around the world. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes include a fully decorated 20-ft. scotch pine, and a case of figgy pudding (if I ever figure out what that is). Winners must be at least 18 years of age, named Nicholas, and be ordained saints. Employees of Saint PavCo Inc. are ineligible.
Are you ready to hang a shining star upon the highest bough? Then try this quiz, and from now on, your troubles will be miles away.
West leads the K. As East, how do you defend?
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Credits to Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, composers ofHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.© 2004 Richard Pavlicek