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Chamber of Horrors

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 they’re 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.


1. None Vul S A J 7 5 2
H A K Q 3
D Q 3 2
C 2
West

Pass
Pass
North
1 S
2 H
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 NT
Lead: C 6Table
East plays the C J
If you duck, East returns the C 9 and West plays the C 5
3 NT South S 8 6
H 7 4 2
D A K 6 5
C K Q 4 3

Plays
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  2
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2. N-S Vul S 7 5 4
H 7 6 5 4 3
D J 8 3
C A J
West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 D
East

Pass
South
2 NT
4 H
Lead: S 9Table
East plays the S 6
East pitches the C 10 on the first trump lead
4 H South S A Q 3 2
H A K Q
D A K
C 6 5 4 3

Plays
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  2
  3
  4


3. E-W Vul S Q J 10
H A 7 4 2
D 4 2
C K Q 5 3
West

Pass
All Pass
North
1 C
2 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 S
Lead: D QTable East plays the D 7
4 S South S K 9 8 7 6
H K 10 3
D A 8 5
C 10 4

Plays
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  2
  3
  4


4. Both Vul S K J 10 9 8
H A K 7 5 2
D 8
C Q 4
West

Pass
Pass
North
1 S
2 H
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
Dbl
South
2 D
6 D
All Pass
Lead: S 5Table
East ruffs the first trick (as advertised by his double)
East returns the H Q and West plays the H 10
6 D× South S A 4
H 4
D A K Q J 10 9
C A 8 6 3

Plays
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  2
  3
  4


5. None Vul S K 5
H 7 6 4 3
D 7 6 2
C A 6 4 2
West

Pass
Pass
North

3 H
5 S
East
3 D
Pass
Pass
South
Dbl
4 S
6 S
Lead: H QTable
East plays the H 2
East pitches the D Q on the first trump lead
6 S South S A Q J 9 7 3
H A K
D A K 3
C K 5

Plays
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  2
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6. N-S Vul S 7 6 5
H 9 3
D A K J 7 3
C A 10 6
West

Pass
All Pass
North
1 D
5 C
East
2 H
Pass
South
4 NT
7 NT
Lead: S KTable East (void in spades) pitches the H 2
7 NT South S A J 10 2
H A K J 10 4
D Q
C K Q 2

Plays
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  2
  3
  4



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Photo credits to Warner Bros. House of Wax (1953)
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