Enigma 169: A matter of honours
15 February 2014
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From New Scientist #1314, 15th July 1982 [link]
In last night’s final hand at Bridge, each player found himself dealt four honours cards, no two of them in the same suit. Counting 4 for an ace, 3 for a king, 2 for a queen and 1 for a jack, each had a different number of points. No one had a pair of red aces or a pair of black kings. Someone held the king of hearts and his partner the queen. Someone held the king of clubs and his partner the queen. Someone held the king of spades and his partner did not hold the queen.
North’s spade was lower than his heart and his diamond was lower than his club. West had more jacks than North, who had more jacks than East. If East did not have the queen of clubs, then South had the ace of hearts. If North did not have the queen of spades then West had the king of spades.
Can you work out which four honours each of them held?