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The Bridge Hand
The weekly tournament winners are decided by one decisive hand.
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November 7, 2008
During last week's Summerset Bridge Club session, Lisa and her partner played a hand against another pair that ended up deciding the winners for the match points awarded that night. In bridge, partners sit across from each other North-South and East-West, with bidding proceeding clockwise around the table. In order lowest-to-highest, the bidding in bridge goes 1 Club, 1 Diamond, 1 Heart, 1 Spade, 1 No Trump, 2 Clubs, 2 Diamonds, ..., 7 No Trump; players may also pass and not bid in any round of the auction. Given the clues below, can you determine each player's full name, the order in which the four sat at the table, and the bid(s) each made in the crucial hand?

  1. Omar opened the bidding with 1 Heart and was followed immediately by Wong bidding 1 Spade.
  2. The hand was played at Carolyn's 2 No Trump on her second turn in the bidding, which was followed immediately by Lisa passing.
  3. At one point in the bidding, Ben immediately followed Karpov's 2 Clubs with a raise to 2 Diamonds.
  4. Immediately after Hoyle made a bid--not in No Trump--on his first turn in the auction, Johnson passed.

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