Bridge at Brinkley

by Denis Greening
Solving Tips

Story


It was late Tuesday afternoon after a visit to his Brinkley Court and Bertie Wooster was in a daze, "Jeeves, I think I am in love!" It seems that Bertie had been summoned earlier in the day by Aunt Dahlia (who edits the magazine Milady's Boudoir) to fill in as a 4th for bridge and to charm Miss Daphne Dolores Moorehead (the stunning authoress) so that Aunt Dahlia could convince Daphne to write a new series of stories for the magazine.

Jeeves agreed that Miss Moorehead was indeed a very a nice young lady, when Bertie interrupted. "No, no Daphne had her secretary, Miss Sarah Jones, a dazzling, strawberry blonde with the most beautiful blue eyes that you have ever seen ..." (Bertie relapsed into his stupor). "We had a good time playing and everyone played very well. Unfortunately, I was swept off my feet, I am afraid I made a complete fool of myself. I doubt that I helped convince Daphne to write any articles for the magazine!"

"Sir, please relate the details of the afternoon and let's see if anything can be salvaged." Miss Jones adversely affected Bertie's ability to think and speak clearly, he mumbled in short sentences, but eventually Jeeves was able to get a complete picture of the afternoon.

From the five clues below can you determine in which position everyone sat, what they had to drink and what each person's brilliant play of the afternoon was?

Direction of play is clockwise

Note: The 4 positions at a bridge table are referred to as North, East, South, and West. Partners sit across the table from each other (NS compete against the EW team). Card play can start from any position but always goes clockwise (ESWN for example).


./Labels/h_Player.png ./Labels/h_Play.png ./Labels/h_Drink.png
./Labels/v_Bertie.png ./Labels/v_Dahlia.png ./Labels/v_Daphne.png ./Labels/v_Sara.png ./Labels/v_Defeated_Slam.png ./Labels/v_Grand_Slam.png ./Labels/v_End_Play.png ./Labels/v_Trump_Coup.png ./Labels/v_Tea.png ./Labels/v_White_wine.png ./Labels/v_Ale.png ./Labels/v_Champagne.png
./Labels/v_Position.png ./Labels/h_North.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_East.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_South.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_West.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Drink.png ./Labels/h_Tea.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_White_wine.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Ale.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Champagne.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Play.png ./Labels/h_Defeated_Slam.png Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Grand_Slam.png Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_End_Play.png Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Trump_Coup.png Mark Mark Mark Mark
x o blank
x o blank x o blank x o blank x o blank
x o blank x o blank x o blank x o blank
JavaScript Grid by Scott Noyes

Clues

  1. The four players in no particular order are: South, Aunt Dahlia, the person that executed a classic Trump coup (who did not drink tea) and the person drinking White Wine
  2. Aunt Dahlia, as the hostess, naturally sat in the North position
  3. In one crucial play Sarah led a trump and everyone followed suit in this order: The person that pulled off the End Play, the Champagne drinker, and the one who cleverly Defeated a slam
  4. Bertie's Partner (who drinks tea) used very skillful play to win one hand from their opponents: Daphne and the person that made a grand slam
  5. The woman that sat on Bertie’s right made a grand slam



Solving Tips


Use an X when you are sure that two fields do not match. Use a dot when you are sure that two fields do match. Click once to place an X. Click a second time to place a dot. Click a third time to clear the box.

Select marker color by clicking the colored radio buttons. You can use colored marks to indicate which clue provided a value, or to indicate a guess that might not be correct, or just because you like solving puzzles in teal.

Use the "Save" button to save a puzzle in progress. Use the "Load" button to reload the puzzle. This feature uses cookies - fear not, we aren't tracking you or stealing credit card numbers (we couldn't, even if we wanted to.) At the moment, only one puzzle may be saved at a time on each computer (unless using different browsers or accounts). There is no warning if you save over another puzzle, and no undo!

Use the "Current Solution Window" button to parse the grid for your solution. This feature simply looks for dots in the top set of rows and creates a list that you can copy and paste into your email for submission.

If you want to clear the grid and start over, just refresh the page. Note that there is a bug in IE6 (and possibly other browsers), so that if a color other than the default is selected, that color may appear to be selected after the reload, but the actual color used will be the default.

Feature Requests
What would you like to see added to the JavaScript grid? Send me your requests and ideas.

Bug Reports
If you encounter something strange, or a JavaScript error, or some other oddity, let me know!

Scott
ssnoyes@hotmail.com