A woman’s cat is stuck in a tree, and she calls the fire department for help. The fire chief listens, then asks, “How do we get there?”
The voice on the other end asks timidly, “Don’t you still have that big red truck?”
In today’s deal, West led the queen of spades against four hearts, and South took dummy’s ace and cashed the A-K of trumps hopefully. Alas, West discarded, and South was sunk. He had to lose two spades and a club plus a trump to East’s queen.
South needed to find a way to reach that big red king of diamonds in dummy so he could use it to discard a loser. At Trick Two South can lead a trump and finesse with his ten.
If West held the queen, the defense could cash two spades, but South could win a club shift, unblock the ace of diamonds, draw trumps with the ace and jack, and pitch his club loser on the king of diamonds.
As the cards lie, South’s trump finesse wins, and he still makes game, losing three black-suit tricks but not a trump.