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 "Facts about Fudge" by Marti Ronemus

The very word "fudge" makes me quiver with delight. Originally it meant "to hoax, cheat, manipulate clumsily." Legend has it that the candy we adore got the name because someone was trying to make caramel and ended up with fudge.

The candy first came to public attention in 1886 when Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, a Vassar student (and now in my pantheon of heroes) discovered it in a Baltimore grocery (at 40 cents a pound, a lot of money in those days) and made it popular at college. It became such a craze that the girls endangered their lives by making it in the middle of the night using the gas lights as heat.

The fudge capital of the US (and probably the known Universe) is Mackinac Island MI, non-tourist population 500, where they produce up to 10,000 pounds a day. They tell us it can last up to a year in your freezer. In my house, it doesn't last an afternoon, let alone a year.

It's hard to focus on bridge with visions of fudge dancing in our brains, but give it a try.

Question 1

  Your Hand
 K Q 10 9 4 3
 A J 4
 Q 5
 A 5
Q: 1 - South:

 Your choice:
A: 2: We had been planning on perhaps responding 3 with our 17-18-ish points, but when East bid 2 we had to seriously downgrade our hand. Bidding 3 would be "fudging" a bit too much.

Your result so far:
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Question 2

  Your Hand
 K J 9
 10 8 5 3
 K 6
 A 5 4 3
Q: 2 - South:

 Your choice:
A: Pass: This is a tough one. Give yourself credit if you bid 3 No-trump, which we feel would be daring rather than foolhardy. Pass makes a lot of sense though, with a questionable stopper in Hearts and a Pard who may have opened with only 11-ish points. A Pass leaves it up to Pard though, and he won't know how nice our hand is. A (small) case can also be made for 4.

Your result so far:
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Question 3

  Your Hand
 10 7 3 2
 A Q 9 8 4 3
 Q 7
Q: 3 - South:

 Your choice:
A: 4: Again, debatable, but after Pard supports our Hearts, we should go to game. We've got the extra trump, and a singleton. Plus Pard rates to be either void or with a singleton in Spades.

Your result so far:
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Question 4

  Your Hand
 K 10 7
 8 4 3 2
 A 6 5 4 3
Q: 4 - South:

 Your choice:
A: 3: Pard has 5-1/2 tricks and we've only got a couple. However, we're going to extend the preempt because we've got the 9th trump. Our singleton K is probably a big fat loser, our side suits are ratty. We hardly want to bid at all, but we should take preemptive action.

Your result so far:
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Question 5

  Your Hand
 K J 8
 Q J 9 8
 K Q 9 8 2
Q: 5 - South:

 Your choice:
A: 1: Just a review. If we open a Club, our rebid will be a problem, because to then bid Diamonds would be a reverse, promising a lot more cash than we have. We have to lie about something, and better to lie about our shape by one little card, don't you think?

Time for our hand.

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