Challenge 8X57 by Richard Pavlicek
Whatever your religious beliefs Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism or other you will certainly agree that Christians have more songs! We try to conceal this by calling some of them carols, but were not fooling anyone. Too many songs!
Most of the classics are pretty (despite some archaic lyrics); but now we have to put up with The Chipmunk Song, and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, and even dogs barking Jingle Bells. Enough already!
The title song is one of my all-time Christmas favorites, especially as recorded by the late Johnny Cash. His deep, bass voice inspires awe to the lyrics, making me shiver whenever I hear it. I wish I could replicate his artistry here.
At bridge, you may also have heard the bells as a clue struck you in time to find the winning play. Keep your ears pealed as you consider these six problems as South. Choose your play from the options listed; each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
In December 2005 these six problems were presented as a contest with 1108 entrants from 119 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 life-size statue of Giorgio Bell-adonna and a lifetime supply of Ding Dong dessert cakes. Winners must be at least 18 years of age and be certified bell captains. Employees of PavCo Ringers and Bell Telephone companies are ineligible.
And wild and sweet, the words repeat. Of peace on earth, good will to men. Now listen carefully
How do you play?
At trick two, East leads the 9 to your king (West follows). Your play?
West continues Q-10 (East plays 6-8) as you win the third round. How do you play clubs?
After winning the K, how do you play?
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Acknowledgments to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,whose 1864 poem became the lyrics of I Heard the Bells.© 2005 Richard Pavlicek