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SQL Query with normalized user defined values into a single table

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008
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I'm a good enough of a C# programmer to know that there's always at least five ways to do something in SQL, so I'm going to throw this out to the SQL experts instead.

I have a simple 'Submission' table that returns basic information.  [Table 1]

The database can contain additional user defined fields to the submission table via a table called 'AdditionalFields'.  It only contains a key and a 'Mnemonic' field.  [Table 2]

When a record is saved, the user defiined values are stored in the 'SubmissionFields' table.   [Table 3]

The first output has pivoted the values in the AdditionalFields table into column names.  [Table 4]

The final solution merges the columns of Submission table [Table 1] with the data in [Table 4] to create  [Table 5]

I hope the data makes the question clear.  Thanks for your help!
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Submissions](
	[SubmissionId] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
	[PeopleId] [int] NULL,
                     etc...
 
[Table 1]
SubmissionId  PeopleId   
 ------------  --------
42            212
97            492
 
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[AdditionalFields](
	[AdditionalFieldId] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
	[Mnemonic] [nvarchar](50) NULL
 
[Table 2]
AdditionalFieldId       Mnemonic
-----------------       ------------
1                       PlaceOfBirth
2                       SocialSecurityNumber
3                       MotherMaidenName
 
CREATE TABLE [dbo].[SubmissionFields](
	[SubmissionFieldId] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
	[SubmissionId] [int] NOT NULL,
	[AdditionalFieldId] [int] NOT NULL,
	[Value] [nvarchar](50) NOT NULL
 
[Table 3]
SubmissionFieldId    SubmissionId    AdditionalFieldId   Value
-----------------    --------------  -----------------   ---------
1                    42              1                   TX
2                    42              2                   445129321
3                    42              3                   Smith
4                    97              1                   OK
5                    97              3                   Jones
 
[Table 4]
SubmissionId   PlaceOfBirth    SocialSecurityNumber    MotherMaidenName
------------   -------------   --------------------    ----------------
42             TX              445129321               Smith
97             OK             null                     Jones
 
[Table 5]
SubmissionId  PeopleId  PlaceOfBirth    SocialSecurityNumber    MotherMaidenName
------------  --------  -------------   --------------------    ----------------
42            212       TX              445129321               Smith
97            492       OK             null                     Jones
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