A Puzzle from Mike Huston
Time: Early morning
You are South, and grumpy
Event: Your job to figure out
- 6 3
- 8 7 6 5
- 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
- Q 9
- J 10 9
- 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2
Your LHO (West) opens with 6 , and the next 2 hands pass.
You stare at your poor collection, and, after a few moments, bid 6 , and that ends the bidding. You then proceed to make your contract, and are no longer grumpy.
The puzzle: Answer ALL 4 questions below for a complete solution!
- What 13 cards were dealt to West?
- How did you make the contract? (Describe the play, trick by trick.)
- And under what circumstances could this occur? You should assume that East-West are NOT trying to be cooperative.
Mike Huston from Joplin MO first showed this to me in 2001; he does not know the original source. The puzzle has a legitimate solution; there is nothing wrong with the deck of cards, and all appropriate laws are followed. Have fun!