The answer is INCARCERATE The corresponding square is GO TO JAIL by Dave Savitt The dialogue in this puzzle is a red herring. In fact, the hands are all words encoded in a form of substitution cipher. This is hinted in the blurb: "bids have a specific meaning." Solution to the bridge puzzle ----------------------------- This is a simple substitution cipher on the bids: 1C = A 1D = B 1H = C 1S = D 1NT = E 2C = F 2D = G 2H = H 2S = I 2NT = J 3C = K 3D = L 3H = M 3S = N 3NT = O 4C = P 4D = Q 4H = R 4S = S 4NT = T 5C = U 5D = V 5H = W 5S = X 5NT = Y 6C = Z, while a double (x) means that the letter occurs twice in the answer, and a redoubled letter (xx) occurs four times. Passes are irrelevant (as are the dealer, and the conversation surrounding the hands). Hence the first auction > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > - 1D - 2D > - 2S - 3S > 4H all pass has a B, G, I, N, and R, leading to the word BRING. > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > - 3NT - > 4NT all pass O, T --- TO > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > 1C x > 1S - 1NT x > - 2H - 4D > - 4H - - > x - 4S - > 4NT - 5C all pass AA, D, EE, H, Q, RR, S, T, U --- HEADQUARTERS > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > 1NT > - 3S - 3NT > all pass E, N, O -- ONE > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > - - 2C - > 3NT all pass F, O -- OF > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > - 1D - > 1H - 1NT x > 3D all pass B, C, EE, L -- CELEB (or BECEL, for those who know the margarine brand) > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > - 1C > - 1H - 1S > - 1NT x xx > - 2H - 3D > - 4H - - > x all pass A, C, D, EEEE, H, L, RR -- CHEERLEADER > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > - > 1C 1H x - > 1NT x xx 2H > 3C - 4S all pass A, CC, EEEE, H, K, S -- CHEESECAKE > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > 1C - 1H x > 2C 2S x - > 3S x 3NT - > 4NT all pass A, CC, F, II, NN, O, T -- FANTOCCINI > N E S W > --- --- --- --- > 1C x xx > 1D - 2NT - > 3D - 3H - > 5NT all pass AAAA, B, J, L, M, Y -- JAMBALAYA ---------------------------------------- Hence the phrase is: BRING TO HEADQUARTERS ONE OF: CELEB CHEERLEADER CHEESECAKE FANTOCCINI JAMBALAYA. (We went with CELEB over CELEBRITY because we didn't want to get copies of the 'N Sync album; we were prepared to accept the possibility that we might wind up with Becel margarine.) Teams bringing one of these people or items to us are rewarded with the answer: INCARCERATE.