### Who held the king of hearts?

The answer to the competition set last newsletter is NORTH.
We received correct answers from several people, including Ken
Riley, Ann Curtin, Eryl Howard, Alistair Flutter and Kit
Orde-Powlett. Rather foolishly, we stated that the winner would
be the first entry we received. However, given the slightly
haphazard distribution of the newsletter this was hardly fair,
as many people receive the newsletter much later than others.
So no prize will be awarded this time; please don't sue.

The following analysis of the problem was submitted by Ken
Riley:

1. E and W are void in the same two suits. Hence they must
hold all 26 of the other two suits between them.

2. Thus N and S hold all of the other two suits; one is
clubs and the other red (as EW must hold spades.)

3. No-one has a pair of aces, so each holds one. Since
North's ace is red, South must have A.
South therefore holds AQJ and must
hold in addition a K or a QJ to total 10 points.

4. It cannot be a king as this would require N to hold AQJ
in a red suit and the other king - but he has no J.

5. So South holds AQJ plus QJ of a
red suit. If the suit were , then Q and J would be
in the same hand (disallowed.)

6. So the red suit is . South holds
AQJ QJ, North
K AK.