When West led the 6 (dummy playing low), her husband paused for thought. If the lead was fourth-best, it must be from
East exploded upon recognizing the impending ruff and sluff. "Why, why, why?" he cried. "I discarded the
But now the contract was doomed, as this was the position:
There was no way for declarer to establish his clubs without losing another trick, and it wouldn't have helped if he had ruffed the heart in hand. Down one! Had West returned a minor suit, declarer could have won, ruffed a club in dummy, and then ruffed a diamond in hand to run the clubs.
"It's a good thing you discarded a heart instead of a club, dear," West said to her husband as they started the next deal. "But of course, there's nothing ever the matter with YOU..."
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