Sam Spade once said, When a mans partner is killed, hes supposed to do something about it. It doesnt make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and youre supposed to do something about it. Good point, and the first thing Sam Spade did about it was to remove Miles Archers name from his window signs. And so it goes in bridge: When your partner dies midway through a session, dont 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 youll have an excuse
I couldnt 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 dont 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 youre slapped, youll 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? Youre still here? Oh dear! Then test your play at IMPs.
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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