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Cat o’ Nine Tales

Once upon a time there was a kitten — not just an ordinary kitten, but an angelic messenger to bring happy memories of the good times. “Mabel Jr.” is no longer a kitten, now a year-and-a-half old, and she’s been bugging me to teach her bridge. No problem! I grabbed a deck of cards, dealt out two hands and asked her to bid something. Her call: “Meow, meow, meow!” Sorry, no threes. Go Fish! “M-mm-mm!” she purred with anxiety — so I fixed salmon for lunch, and now she thinks she’s a bridge player. Close enough.

Well, that’s one cat tale; I won’t bore you with eight more. Time for a puzzle! Each of the nine deals (A-I) has a common feature with one of the next nine deals (1-9). Your task is to pair them up. Simply select a letter for each number.

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match! Or better yet, make nine!

A



S Q 2
H A Q 3 2
D J 8 3 2
C A 7 6
S J 6 4
H K 10 7 4
D 7 4
C K Q 9 4
TableS K 10 9 8
H 9 8 6
D A 10
C 10 8 5 3
S A 7 5 3
H J 5
D K Q 9 6 5
C J 2
B



S 9 8 7
H Q J 5 4
D 9 7
C K Q 4 3
S K Q 4 3
H K 8 3
D K Q 10 6 4 3
C
TableS J 5
H A 9 7 2
D A 2
C 10 9 8 7 6
S A 10 6 2
H 10 6
D J 8 5
C A J 5 2
C



S 10 6 2
H A K 6 5
D A K Q
C A 9 8
S 9 8 7 3
H Q 9 8
D J 9 7
C J 10 6
TableS Q J 5 4
H 10 7 3
D 10 6 5 2
C Q 5
S A K
H J 4 2
D 8 4 3
C K 7 4 3 2

D



S A J 8 5
H 10 6
D 10 9 3
C K J 5 4
S K Q 10 2
H 8 7 5
D 5 4
C A Q 10 9
TableS 9
H A J 4 2
D K Q 7 6
C 8 6 3 2
S 7 6 4 3
H K Q 9 3
D A J 8 2
C 7
E



S 5
H 6 4 3
D A 8 5 2
C A K 9 7 6
S Q 8 2
H K 10 7
D K J 6 4
C J 4 3
TableS A J 10 9 7 3
H A 5 2
D 9 7
C Q 10
S K 6 4
H Q J 9 8
D Q 10 3
C 8 5 2
F



S J 5 3 2
H A 4 3
D 8 7 4
C 5 4 2
S Q 10 8 7
H 10
D A Q J 9 2
C A K 8
TableS 9 6 4
H Q J 9 2
D K 6 5
C 9 7 3
S A K
H K 8 7 6 5
D 10 3
C Q J 10 6

G



S Q 8 5
H K Q 10 9
D A 3 2
C J 3 2
S A K 2
H J 5
D 10 8
C Q 10 9 7 6 5
TableS J 10 4
H A 7 6 4 3 2
D K 6 5 4
C
S 9 7 6 3
H 8
D Q J 9 7
C A K 8 4
H



S Q 5 3
H A 10 8
D J 7 6 3
C Q 9 8
S K 2
H Q 3
D A Q 10 9 5
C K 7 6 2
TableS 10 9 4
H K 7 6
D K 8 4 2
C A 10 4
S A J 8 7 6
H J 9 5 4 2
D
C J 5 3
I



S A J 9 6 3
H K Q 10
D 8 5 4
C 8 4
S 5 4
H J 9 7 2
D Q
C A K Q 10 3 2
TableS 8 7
H A 8 6
D A K 9 7 6 3 2
C 5
S K Q 10 2
H 5 4 3
D J 10
C J 9 7 6


1  



S A 5 4 3
H J 8 2
D K 9 6 3
C J 2
S J 7
H K 5 4 3
D Q 7 2
C K 10 6 3
TableS K 10 9 6
H Q 7
D A 10 5 4
C Q 8 7
S Q 8 2
H A 10 9 6
D J 8
C A 9 5 4
2  



S 4
H K Q 8 6 3
D K Q J 9 7
C 9 3
S A 7 5
H
D A 8 6 5 3 2
C A J 7 6
TableS Q J 9 6 3 2
H A 10
D 10
C 10 5 4 2
S K 10 8
H J 9 7 5 4 2
D 4
C K Q 8
3  



S K 7 6 4
H 6 4
D K 8 5 4
C A 8 7
S 10 5 2
H 8 3
D A J 6 3
C K Q 9 6
TableS A J
H K J 9 5
D Q 10 9
C J 5 4 3
S Q 9 8 3
H A Q 10 7 2
D 7 2
C 10 2

4  



S K Q 7
H 5 2
D J 9 7 6 3
C 8 5 4
S A 10 2
H J 9 7 6
D 8 5
C A J 10 2
TableS 8 5 4 3
H A 8 4
D A K Q 10
C K Q
S J 9 6
H K Q 10 3
D 4 2
C 9 7 6 3
5  



S A
H 4 3
D A Q J 3 2
C A 9 8 7 5
S Q 8 7 2
H 9 6
D K 7 6 5
C J 6 4
TableS J 9 6 5 4 3
H A K J 5 2
D 10 8
C
S K 10
H Q 10 8 7
D 9 4
C K Q 10 3 2
6  



S 9 3
H Q J 10 7
D A Q 4
C J 7 4 2
S J
H 9 8 6 2
D J 7 2
C A K Q 10 3
TableS K 7 6 4
H A K
D K 6 5 3
C 9 8 6
S A Q 10 8 5 2
H 5 4 3
D 10 9 8
C 5

7  



S J 10 6 5
H A K 8 3 2
D K 3
C 10 6
S A 2
H Q 4
D A 9 7 2
C A J 8 5 2
TableS
H J 5
D J 10 8 6 5
C K Q 9 7 4 3
S K Q 9 8 7 4 3
H 10 9 7 6
D Q 4
C
8  



S J 9
H K J 10 9
D K J 10
C Q 10 8 2
S
H A Q 4 2
D A 8 7 6 5 2
C J 6 4
TableS 10 8 5 3 2
H 7 6 3
D 9 4 3
C 7 5
S A K Q 7 6 4
H 8 5
D Q
C A K 9 3
9  



S 6 3 2
H K Q 9 3
D 7 6
C A J 8 2
S A J 8 5
H 10 6
D K J 5 4
C 10 9 6
TableS K Q 10
H 8 7 5
D A Q 10 9
C 5 4 3
S 9 7 4
H A J 4 2
D 8 3 2
C K Q 7

your selections.

Correct pairing is based on the most unlikely common feature, so trivial matches like “both deals have a club void” rate to be as successful as Mabel Jr. playing 7 NT doubled. Use the comment box if you wish to state the reason for matches (this will not affect your score but will be used as a tiebreaker in the winners list). Deals are also available in RBN and PBN format.

Answers may be submitted until November 30, midnight GMT — multiple times if you wish, but only the latest one counts. Solutions and a list of top solvers will be published here on December 1. Are you feeling lucky?

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