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Slick Willy and Monique

Having retired from politics, Willy Clipton and his mistress Monique Wewinsky play a lot of money bridge at their Hot Springs villa. Despite a well-practiced partnership, they pretend to be newly acquainted to hustle set games against unsuspecting tourists.

When asked about this, Willy is smooth and crafty. His toothy Arkansas smile relaxes everyone, as he plays jazzy arpeggios on the saxophone. If questioned further he will swear, “I have never played bridge with that woman — Miss Wewinsky.” This usually satisfies his victims, and the fleecing begins.

Now it’s your turn to play a few rounds of Chicago against them. Hold on to your wallet, as Slick Willy will declare the first six deals — and don’t get aroused by Monique’s hanky-panky as dummy, which is all part of their scheme to divert your attention.

As West, select your next lead from the options listed. Each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.

Bidding is standard (except as noted) and you use standard leads and signals. For a reference see Standard American Bridge. Assume all players are experts.

In June 2006 these six problems were presented as a contest with 952 entrants from 111 locations. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If you’re lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*

*Prizes include a two-week stay at the Hot Springs Arlington Resort with a private masseuse. Winners must be at least 10 years
beyond puberty and still virgins. Employees of PavCo Escort Scams are ineligible. Void where prohibited by law or not.

Are you ready to defend as West? Willy didn’t get his nickname for nothing, so watch out.

Problem 1

Chicago Scoring
None Vul
S A 8 3
H K Q 3
D A J 10 4
C A J 4
You
West

1 S
All Pass
Monique
North
1 D
2 S1
 
East
Pass
Pass
Willy
South
1 H
3 NT
S K Q 10 4 2
H 9 8 5
D 7 2
C K 10 5
Table3 NT South

Trick
1 W
Lead
S K
2nd
3
3rd
6
4th
J

1. shows the S A

Your next lead: S 10  SHDCC 10

Problem 2

Chicago Scoring
E-W Vul
S K 3
H 10 5 4 3
D K J 8 7
C Q J 2
You
West

Pass
Pass
Monique
North

2 C
4 H
 
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Willy
South
1 NT
2 H
S J 10 8 5
H 8 7
D A 6 3 2
C 10 9 3
Table4 H South

Trick
1 W
2 E
Lead
S J
S 4
2nd
K
9
3rd
A
10
4th
6
3

Your next lead: SHDDC 10  C 3

Problem 3

Chicago Scoring
N-S Vul
S 7 6 4
H 10 5
D Q 5 3
C A Q 7 6 4
You
West

Pass
Pass
Monique
North

2 NT
4 S
 
East

Pass
All Pass
Willy
South
1 NT
3 S
S K 8 2
H Q J 9 8
D J 8 4
C K J 8
Table4 S South

Trick
1 W
Lead
H Q
2nd
5
3rd
6
4th
7

Your next lead: SHDDCC J

Problem 4

Chicago Scoring
Both Vul
S K 5 2
H K J 7 6 5
D Q 10 6
C 9 2
You
West
Pass
Pass
Pass
Monique
North
Pass
2 D1
3 NT
 
East
1 C
Pass
All Pass
Willy
South
1 NT
2 H
S 9 8 6 3
H 10 9 8 4
D J 8 5
C K Q
Table3 NT South

Trick
1 W
2 E
Lead
C K
C 10
2nd
2
6
3rd
A
Q
4th
3
9

1. transfer

Your next lead: SSH 10  HDD 5

Problem 5

Chicago Scoring
None Vul
S K J 5 2
H K 7
D Q 8 2
C A Q 7 6
You
West

3 D
All Pass
Monique
North

4 H2
 
East
1 D
Pass
Willy
South
2 D1
4 S
S 9 7 6
H 4
D K J 10 3
C J 9 8 5 3
Table4 S South

Trick
1 W
Lead
D J
2nd
2
3rd
4
4th
9

1. Michaels
2. Arkansas transfer

Your next lead: SHDDCC 5

Problem 6

Chicago Scoring
N-S Vul
S A 4
H A 5
D 8 5 3 2
C A 10 8 4 2
You
West

Dbl
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Monique
North

Rdbl
4 S
5 H
 
East

2 S1
Pass
Pass
Willy
South
1 H
4 H
5 C
6 H
S K J 6 5
H 2
D Q J 7 4
C K Q 9 7
Table6 H South

Trick
1 W
Lead
C K
2nd
2
3rd
3
4th
6

1. weak

Your next lead: SSHDDC 7

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