Welcome, ladies and gentlemen! You are about to witness the most lifelike figures ever created in wax. Please note that food and drink, cameras, or recording devices of any kind are prohibited, and conversation must be held to a whisper. This way, please.
As my first exhibit I present Joan of Arc, who was mercilessly burned at the stake for heresy at the age of 19. After her horrific death, her charred remains were burned over and over into powdery ashes to remove any trace of her existence from souvenir seekers.
Lady! Move away from that figure! Waxworks are extremely delicate and must never be touched. The facial features may appear real, but that is the artistry of my hands, aided by my assistant Igor. I assure you theyre entirely wax, except for clothing and hair strands.
At the right you will see my creation of Marie Antoinette, that is, before her head was severed by guillotine at the age of 37 which I consider a triumph, reaching almost double the age of Joan. Perhaps she could have added a few more years if she had changed her catchphrase to: Let them eat wax.
Warning! My next six exhibits are dangerously close to a towering guillotine, which is not made of wax. Its razor-sharp, tempered-steel blade could sever six heads as easily as one, so keep this in mind as you test your declarer play on these problems at IMP scoring. Opponents use standard leads and signals.
For each problem enter eight cards (e.g., CK) 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.
This way, please. Walk to the left for your safety, and try not to make any horrific plays.
If desired, you may submit your plays using the form below. Plays may be submitted only once, and doing so will add your name to the list of participants. You will also receive an automated reply including Richards recommended plays and the reasoning behind them.
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Photo credits to Warner Bros. House of Wax (1953)© 2018 Richard Pavlicek