Challenge 8X41 by Richard Pavlicek
After a harrowing experience in Marrakech, you arrive in London to search for your kidnapped son. You jump into a waiting limousine and shout, Scotland Yard! Hurry! Alas, the Arabic driver has other ideas. The doors lock shut, and you are whisked away to the Moroccan Embassy.
Welcome, Dr. and Mrs. McKenna, the Ambassador flaunts, as he takes Jos hand. What a pleasure to meet you! Ive heard a lot about your bridge exploits and trust youll have time for a few rubbers.
You see right through the Ambassadors pretext, of course, but his armed guards are real. It looks like youll have to play along with his scheme, so prepare yourself for some foreign intrigue.
As the man who bid too much, choose your play (A-F) to make each of the following overbids. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
In August 2005 these six problems were presented as a contest with 897 entrants from 113 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 the entire Hitchcock cinema archive on microfilm, and lifetime free burgers at the Marrakech McDonalds (sorry, no fries with that). Winners must be at least 18 years of age and born in the 21st Century. Employees of PavCo Scams are ineligible.
Good luck with your quest! You may wish to close your eyes in the bidding, as it could make you ill. Just remember: The futures not ours to see. What will be, will be.
You play the 10 to force the ace, which you ruff. What next?
After making a travesty of Jacoby transfers, how do you play?
At trick two East leads the J, and West plays the 5. Your play?
Your 1 bid must be an audition for Psycho. How do you play?
Your fake cue-bids stopped the club lead! You win four trumps ending in hand, as only clubs are pitched. What next?
When the Ambassador sees dummy, he calls the guards. Before they can cuff you, you grab the A, and then?
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Acknowledgments to Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)and his film The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956).© 2005 Richard Pavlicek