One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in bridge and whist) a suit that is not trumps.
- ‘The remaining cards comprise 4 plain suits, in each of which the cards rank A, T, K, Q, 9, 8, 7 (lowest).’
- ‘The second player to any lead must follow suit if able; must trump if able when void of a plain suit lead; and in any case must win the trick if he can.’
- ‘If a plain suit lead has been trumped, it is illegal to undertrump unless by doing so one creates a K-Q or K-Q-J combination in the trick.’
- ‘For the sake of clarity, it is worth pointing out that where a lead of a plain suit has been trumped by the second player to a trick and the third to play also has no cards in the suit led, then the third player must still overtrump if possible.’
- ‘The suit of the lowest of these cards, in plain suit order, determines trumps.’
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