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Leading up to and during the Cavendish Invitational Pairs Tournament, the Deal of the Week will contain a contest.

The prizes for the Deal of the Week contest are courtesy of Liberty Travel and Icelandair in conjunction with World Bridge Productions, inc. who are organizing the Cavendish Invitational Pairs Tournament. This tournament will be held in Las Vegas, May 6-10, at the Mirage Hotel. Bridge Base Inc. will be providing Online Vugraph of the tournament.

The prize for this week's Deal of the Week Contest is a Round Trip Ticket to Iceland during the Icelandair Bridge Tournament in February 1999. Iceland is a small country, but bridge is big there. The competition from local players at the Iceland tournament is fierce. The strong bridge, breathtaking scenery, and friendly people combine to make this tournament a very special event each year. Fred Gitelman, President of Bridge Base Inc., wrote an article about his wonderful experience at this tournament.

The first contest is a scavenger hunt through our last year's coverage of the Cavendish. Send the final answer (not the answer to each phase of the hunt) to: Entries must be received no later than Saturday May 2nd 1998. The winner will be randomly drawn from correct answers and announced on next week's Deal of the Week.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Find the pair that was 21st after the first session of play of the 1997 Cavendish.
  2. Find out how much money this pair was sold for in the auction.
  3. Divide by 1000.
  4. Find this deal number in the vugraph coverage of the first session.
  5. Look at East's spade holding.
  6. There is only one deal in the second session where any player has the same holding as East's in any of the suits. Find this deal.
  7. Add the number of letters in the country of origin of the North-South pair on this deal to the club card played by West at trick 4 of this deal.
  8. Find the first deal from the fourth session where that number of tricks was taken by the declarer.
  9. The answer is the number of cards held by declarer in the first suit bid by the dummy. Remember, just send this answer, not the answer to each step.
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