Challenge 8Y49 by Richard Pavlicek
Hello, Im Johnny Cash. No, wait! Im Richard, but I have a guitar case full of cash (thanks Matilda). When I was a kid, I remember my Father listening to the title song on the car radio. I thought it was cool, despite being baffled by part of the lyrics.
Does I keep the ends out for the tie that binds mean he sticks out his butt cheeks when his necktie is tight? Whatever! Since then, Ive been a Johnny Cash fan, and a day rarely goes by now that I dont listen to his music (usually on CD in my car).
In memory of the 10-time Grammy winning Man in Black, you have been dealt 10 black cards on each of these hands and are declarer in spades or clubs (what else). Aggressive bidding may have driven you overboard, so be prepared to walk the line. And keep your eyes wide open all the time, or youll be going down as sure as night is dark and day is light.
As South, just choose your play from the options (A-F) listed; each option will be rated on a 1-to-10 scale per my judgment.
In July 2007 these six problems were presented as a contest with 690 entrants from 110 locations. The contest is closed, but you can still quiz yourself and find your score immediately. If youre lucky, you might even win a valuable prize.*
*Prizes are all cash. You bring the truck, and Ill fill it! I have millions to unload before it burns, burns, burns in a ring of fire. Winners must be at least 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law, or in any Interpol member country.
Youve got a way to keep me on your side
For you I know Id even try to turn the tide. Now start walkin!
After winning the A, how do you play?
East returns the 7 to the eight; then West leads the J, East pitches the 8, and you ruff. Next?
West next leads the A (East plays 10) then the 3, won in dummy as East plays 7. Next?
East returns the 7. How do you play?
West next leads the A (East plays 6) then the J. Your play?
Enough walkin! This time you run the line. How do you justify such optimism?
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Credits to Johnny Cash (1932-2003) and his song I Walk the Line.© 2007 Richard Pavlicek