The Adventures of Poor Frank, Part XXIII: Lucky Archie Pulls the Wrong Card


  By Ray Adams

The Adventures of Poor Frank, Part XXIII:  Lucky Archie Pulls the Wrong Card

 Poor Frank knew he was going to win the club championship the other night at the local duplicate club.  He had Lucky Archie right where he wanted him on the following hand.


Dealer:  South                                     North                                       South     West     North     East
Vulnerable:  All                                  ♠ 98                                           1            Pass     3           Pass
                                                            AK85                                      4                  All pass.
                                                            ♣ 973
                                                West (Poor Frank)  East
                                                ♠ K32                          ♠ J10764
                                                106                           42
                                                A7543                       102
                                                ♣ AQ4                        ♣ K865
                                                            South (Lucky Archie)
                                                            ♠ AQ5
                                                            ♣ J102

      Poor Frank decided to pass his good hand and await developments.  It did not take his rival long to bid a thin game after North’s limit raise in hearts.  Poor Frank led the spade deuce.  This went to the three, ten, and declarer’s ace!

Lucky Archie drew trumps in two rounds and advanced the queen of diamonds.  Poor Frank took the ace and realized that the play at trick one marked East with the ♠ QJ10.  Therefore, he underled his king, knowing East would win the trick and send a club through to spell doom to this cheeky contract.

But a funny thing happened when Poor Frank did this.  Lucky Archie won his queen, cashed the jack of diamonds, and went to dummy with a trump to sluff two clubs on the high diamonds.  He soon claimed an overtrick.  This was a top result for the Lucky One and somehow he had leapfrogged over his rival to claim that evening’s event.

Poor Frank was extremely impressed by his rival’s great play in the spade suit and he asked him about it.

“Oh, it was nothing,” Lucky Archie replied with the silly grin that Poor Frank hated so much.  “I just had the queen of spades mixed in with my clubs at the start of the hand.”

There was a loud snapping noise and the entire room looked to see that the pencil in Poor Frank’s mouth had been bitten in half.

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