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Spade Detective Agency

Sam Spade once said, “When a man’s partner is killed, he’s supposed to do something about it. It doesn’t make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you’re supposed to do something about it.” Good point, and the first thing Sam Spade did about it was to remove Miles Archer’s name from his window signs. And so it goes in bridge: When your partner dies midway through a session, don’t bereave! Just remove his name from the convention card, and outbid the opponents on every hand to make him dummy. And relax! Anytime you go set you’ll have an excuse… “I couldn’t take the finesse because dummy was dead.”

Fortunately or unfortunately [pick one] your partner is still alive. Only question is whether you will be after he watches you play these six contracts in spades. I don’t want to make you nervous, but I hope you have your estate planning in order. This quiz is not for the faint of heart but for the feint of spade. “When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it!”

For each problem enter eight cards (e.g., H5) in the order you would play them to Tricks 1-4. Routine early plays, if any, are already entered. Unless noted otherwise: (1) Assume both opponents follow suit; second hand low, third or fourth hand to their best advantage. (2) If an opponent is on lead, assume the suit they led previously is continued for the quiz, though it might not be in actual play.

“The best goodbyes are short… Adieu!”   What? You’re still here?  Oh dear!


1. Both Vul S A 6 3 2
H A 5
D A K 3 2
C J 5 3
West
1 H
Pass
North
Dbl
4 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 S
Lead: H QTable
East plays the H 9
If you lose a trick, West wins and leads a heart
4 S South S K Q J 4
H K 6 3 2
D 8 6 5 4
C 10

Plays
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2. None Vul S J 4
H Q 6 4 2
D A 5 3 2
C A 7 6
West

Dbl
North

Pass
East

Pass
South
3 S
Pass
Lead: C KTable Goal is to escape for down one
3 S× South S A Q 7 6 5 3 2
H 8 5 3
D Q 9
C 5

Plays
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3. N-S Vul S K Q 9 7 3 2
H K 7 3
D 2
C A 6 3
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

2 H
4 NT
6 S
East

3 D
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
3 S
5 C
Lead: D 9Table
East plays the D 10
East pitches a diamond on the first trump lead
6 S South S A 10 8
H A 10 2
D A 7 4 3
C K J 4

Plays
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4. E-W Vul S A 6 5 4
H 2
D A K 8 5 4
C 8 7 5
West

1 NT
Pass
North
1 D
2 S
4 S
East
1 H
3 C
All Pass
South
1 S
3 H
Lead: D QTable
East plays the D 6
If you lead a club, East wins C A and returns S Q
4 S South S 10 9 8 7 2
H A 10 8 5 3
D 3 2
C Q

Plays
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5. None Vul S K J 10 9 2
H K 4 2
D Q 10 4 3
C A
West

Dbl
Pass
North

4 C
5 S
East

5 C
All Pass
South
1 S
Pass
Lead: C KTable
East plays the C 3
West pitches a club on the first trump lead
5 S South S A 8 7 6 5 3
H A 10 8 3
D J 2
C 5

Plays
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6. N-S Vul S K 10 8 7
H 5
D A 9 7 5
C A K Q 2
West

4 H
Pass
North

4 NT
6 S
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
5 H
Lead: H KTable
West pitches a heart on the first trump lead
East (if on lead) returns a club
6 S South S A 9 6 5 4 3
H A 2
D Q 6 3
C 7 4

Plays
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Acknowledgments to Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) and The Maltese Falcon.
Photo is Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in the 1941 movie classic.
© 2018 Richard Pavlicek