Challenge 8X73 by Richard Pavlicek
Alcatraz! Isolated in the cold, turbulent waters of San Francisco Bay, the most famous American prison now sleeps. From 1934 to 1962, The Rock was a Federal Penitentiary, housing some of the most notorious thugs of all time, such as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly.
Heralded as inescapable, the daring epithet was challenged many times the bloodiest attempt being in 1946 (subject of the 1987 film with the above title).
It all proved true; no one ever escaped from the Penitentiary, at least according to official records. Bodies of many who tried were never recovered but declared dead, presumably from drowning. But I wonder. Did any of them actually make it?
Now its your turn to escape from The Rock. Plan your moves carefully, and you wont be declared dead on these six problems. Simply choose your play from the options listed; each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
In April 2006 these six problems were presented as a contest with 1056 entrants from 115 locations. 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 four-star luxury cell at nearby San Quentin (still open for business), complete with semiprivate toilet and cell phone. Winners must be at least 18 years of age with a felony record. Employees of PavCo Corrections and their mafia family are ineligible.
Oh no! Your escape attempt has been detected and sirens are blaring. Theres only one chance: Hit the water and swim!
How do you play?
You play the 2 at trick one, and East continues K-A, which you ruff. What next?
You hold up the A, as East returns 10 then 8. What do you pitch, and how do you play?
After winning the A, how do you play?
You play low in dummy and ruff. What next? (All follow to first trump.)
How do you play? (All follow to first trump.)
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Acknowledgments to the 1987 film by Koch Vision Studios.© 2006 Richard Pavlicek