Bridge with a Twist by Simon Cochemé
Simon Cochemé tackles the questions Jeremy Dhondy can’t answer
rumoured to be the grandson of the printer The director was, of course, correct. The
GUY H of Putney writes: My partner who created the word butterfly when he Laws of Bridge (Definitions) state that the
dealt and the bidding went: mis-set the intended word, flutter-by. ten is an honour, so you can’t say it isn’t.
What you should say is that you don’t treat
Partner Oppo 1 Me Oppo 2 the ten as an honour and would, for ex-
1t Pass 1™ 1´ HENRY C of Shepherds Bush tells me ample, lead the eight from 10-8-6-4.
Pass he is fed up with young texters
arguing about whether ‘LOL’ means
I alerted my partner’s pass and, when ‘Lots of Love’ or ‘Laugh out Loud’. As BARBARA H of Hastings asks about
asked, explained that we play Support all bridge players know, says Henry, cards that have special names.
Doubles and the pass therefore showed LOL dates back to politically incorrect
less than three hearts. Our opponents times and stands for ‘Little Old Lady’.
told us that this was an incorrect He wants to know when and where the The French have names for all the picture
explanation and called the director. He term was first used, so that he can tell cards, but in England only two cards have
agreed with them and told us we must his children. names that are regularly used; the nine
explain our conventions properly. and seven of diamonds. The t9 is known
as The Curse of Scotland. The most likely
I can confirm that bridge players have explanation is that it refers to the pattern
The director was absolutely right; it was an long used LOL for a weak player, one who on the coat of arms (nine lozenges on an
incorrect explanation. You should have said does something silly, although occasionally azure saltire) of Sir John Dalrymple, the
the double showed fewer than three hearts. with a good result. I haven’t found out Earl of Stair, who authorised the Glencoe
when it was first used, nor whether it is of Massacre in 1692. Other less plausible
English or American origin. Maybe our explanations link the card to Scottish
TERRY H of Wimbledon asks: Why is readers can help. Please tell me if you find disasters at Culloden (1746) and Twicken-
a tenace so called? Why is it not called the phrase in an old publication, or failing ham (1997).
an ace-queen?’ that, when you first heard it used. The t7 is The Beer Card. If a player
wins the last trick with the t7, his
partner must buy him a beer. There are
Two excellent questions, Terry. Many HEATHER D of Dorset writes: What some conditions attached: diamonds must
countries (France, Germany, Russia, etc.) time are you back tonight? Please pick not be trumps, the contract must be
use their word for ‘fork’ as a tenace in up something to drink on your way made if declarer rather than a defender
bridge. The English have taken a parallel home. holds the card, and so on. It is said to
path; the origin of the English word tenace have originated in Copenhagen in the
is the Spanish word for ‘tongs’, tenazas. 1950s or 1960s, and is especially popular
An alternative explanation comes in a I don’t think you meant to pass this one with students.
book written in the 1920s by Stephen on to me, Jeremy, and I hope you remem- There have been abortive attempts over
Martin-Leake. He gives this position: bered the milk. the years to have the knave of spades called
Arthur Scargill and the queen of dia -
A 10 5 monds called Elizabeth Taylor. I myself led
K863 Q72 GEORGE C of Leamington Spa a campaign to have a knave and a little one
J94 writes: I was asked about our lead known as a Paternity Suit.
style and said that we lead fourth best In The Compleat Whist Player (1893)
You run the jack and it loses to the queen. from an honour, and that the ten was Thomas Augustus Gale tells us that the two
Martin-Leake wrote: ‘You now have the not an honour. Our opponents told us of trumps was known to whist players as
ace-ten sitting over the king’. Unfortunately this was illegal and called the director. The Smooth. This usage of the word by
the printer typeset this as ‘You now have the She agreed with them and warned us itself didn’t survive the transition to bridge,
ten-ace sitting over the king’, and so the as to our future conduct. and it is now found only in the expression
word tenace was born. The typesetter is ‘taking the ruff with the smooth’. r
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