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The Rabbit opened the spade 9, and, after taking one look at dummy, the Toucan began bouncing excitedly at the prospect of an overtrick. The tops in the side suits—spade ace, diamond ace-king and club ace-king—would yield five tricks, and since, on the double, the Hog was marked with length and strength in trumps, Timothy would make all his own trumps by ruffing dummy's spades in the closed hand.
Winning the first trick with dummy's spade ace, the Toucan ruffed a low spade with the heart 4, cashed the club ace, crossed to dummy with the club king and led another spade, intending to ruff in his hand. Already he had detached the heart 8 when there occurred an unfortunate diversion. The Rabbit, a lifelong abstainer from nonalcoholic drink, was trying out a glass of ice water. He was training to qualify for the brain drain to the U.S., and someone had told him that in America water was the national beverage. So he was practicing. Wincing at the unaccustomed taste, the Rabbit hastened to put down his glass and, in so doing, dropped his cards on the table. All but three, the jack-9-7 of hearts, came down face upward.
"Exposed cards," cried Papa. "Do you know your rights, partner, under the laws?"
"Pick them up," cried the Toucan chivalrously. "I'm not looking."
"You have a duty to your partner," insisted the Greek severely.
"I wouldn't dream of profiting by Timothy's magnanimity," retorted the Rabbit with hauteur. "My cards are exposed and..."
"Pick them up, I tell you," repeated the Toucan. "In any case, I won't call them."
"Then," replied the Rabbit, "I will select them myself—to your best advantage."
"Two can play at that game," countered T.T., and, replacing the heart 8, he ruffed the spade 3 ostentatiously with the ace. In the same movement the Rabbit underruffed defiantly with the 6. The Toucan laid down his diamond king. Smiling, the Rabbit threw his diamond queen. Timothy crossed to dummy's diamond ace and led another spade, ruffing blatantly with the king. Once more the Rabbit underruffed. Here is the five-card ending with the diamond 5 and the club 7 still exposed.
The Toucan exiled with the 4 of diamonds, and, with the queen out of the way, the trick went to the jack. The Hog shot back a trump, declarer's 8 losing to the 9. Now the club 7, the last of the exposed cards, again gave the lead to the Hog, allowing him to play through declarer's heart queen-10 at the 12th trick.