leads the ♦8
against South's contract of six no-trumps.
Dumpty produced this one in 1986 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hugh
Darwen's incumbency at Double Dummy Corner in Bridge Magazine. You
have to read his setting very carefully, I'm afraid, and it helps if you are a
Lewis Carroll fan:
hand cropped up in the annual Brillig Match between the Forest and the
Castle. The twins, Dub and Dum, renowned for their analytical prowess,
were up against the unerring instinct of the two queens. For the twentieth
successive year, Humpty Dumpty was tournament director and as usual he made up
the hands, the rules and the words.
that's quite the curiousest bidding sequence I've ever seen," declared
Loca Dradnats," HD explained. "Dub correctly opened by bidding
an unmakable contract. This allowed Dum to show his club tolerance without
the worry of playing in a low-scoring contract. The ace-showing five
hearts demanded a four no-trump enquiry. Four clubs was 'prepared' and two
spades 'first suit forcing', leading, eventually, to Dub's well-conceived
'obverse' bid of one club, clarifying a strong hand with long, robust clubs, and
necessarily ending the auction."
had been the first to bid no-trumps, so the Red Queen was on lead, and the eight
of diamonds was her natural choice, maximising the pressure on her partner.
Dub proceeded to collect maximum points by making a frabjous change in
each of the four suits in turn.
what's a frabjous change?" asked Alice.
what it says," said HD, gruffly. "Either declarer or dummy takes
a card from a defender's hand and returns a card of the same suit. The
contract must then be makable against any defence."
cried Alice. "I swap the queen of spades with Dum's two."
that's frabjous," agreed HD, "but it doesn't get you any DD
master points, you greedy child. You must select the uffish card of
the chosen suit, and then return in exchange the manxome one."
I see," said Alice. "Well, the lowest spade I can take, to my
advantage, from Their Majesties' hands, seems to be the nine, and I must put it
in dummy; and the biggest one I can afford to give back must be the five.
Then I can make the contract by playing three rounds of spades, setting up the
chortled HD. "Have a master point! Want any more?"
was clear that frabjous opportunities existed in each of the other three
suits, but it took Alice a little while to emulate Tweedle Dub's performance in
correctly nominating the uffish and manxome hearts, diamonds and
clubs. The reader is invited to do the same, and to discover how Tweedle
Dub played the contract in each case.
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Successful solvers to
date: Jean-Marc Bihl
Hugh Darwen, 2003
Date last modified: 11 March, 2017