Challenge 8X25 by Richard Pavlicek
If theres somethin strange in your neighborhood
or your hopes to beat 3 NT dont look too good
or you want to set 4 but dont see how you could
Who ya gonna call? You damn sure got that right!
Alas, it seems the Gamebusters are out of town on another extermination job and wont be available til next month. This job is yours!
Grab your proton pack, activate your sensors, and see if you have what it takes to bust these six games. But be careful! Youre up against some powerful forces, and one false move could get you slimed.
As West, your opening lead is won by South, and at trick two you face a crucial decision. Do you duck or win? If you win, partner follows suit with the five; then what do you lead next? Just select your defense from the options listed; each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
In April 2005 these six problems were presented as a contest with 964 entrants from 110 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 three Columbia-84 gyromagnetosynthesizers, each with a high-yield proton cartridge. Winners must be at least 18 years of age and provide written proof of extrasensory conception. Employees of PavCo Paranormal Institute are ineligible.
Watch out! There on the ceiling! Ooh
that was close. You almost got slimed before you started. Take your time and be careful; you cant trust anybody around here.
You lead the 4; three, queen, ace. South leads the 4. Your defense?
You lead the Q; two, six, ace. South leads the 9. Your defense?
You lead the 10; two, four, king. South leads the 6. Your defense?
You lead the K; five, three, ace. South leads the 2. Your defense?
You lead the 6; three, 10, ace. South leads the 3. Your defense?
You lead the K; six, two, ace. South leads the 10. Your defense?
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Acknowledgments to Ghostbusters (1984) and Columbia Pictures© 2005 Richard Pavlicek