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What is a rubber?!?

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  • Started 7 years ago by undecagon
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  1. undecagon

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    No...not that.....

    I'm reading Sherlock Holmes: The Red-Headed League, and Merryweather (The Bank owner) was complaining before they went to the bank that ""Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I have not had my rubber." "

    At first I thought it might be a pipe. But later, in the bank cellar, Holmes explains: "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and I thought that, as we were a partie carry,you might have your rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light."

    So, clearly the rubber is something that provides light. Seems like it could be a pipe (although I think it'd be rather hard to play cards via pipe light....) and then I thought if Holmes had ANTICIPATED the rubber, and they left from Baker Street, why didn't he grab one of his own from his house? It must not be a pipe as he had his fair share of those in the apartment.

    So....I'm left guessing, What is a rubber?

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  2. wallbright

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    I believe he might be referring to rubber bridge.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubber_bridge

    "Rubber bridge is a form of contract bridge and is played with four players. It is most often played for fun but is also played seriously for money. Rubber Bridge involves a high degree of skill but there is also a fair amount of luck involved in who gets the best cards."

    And a light would be required to see the card game on the ground or wherever.

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  3. philip

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    rub·ber2  
    noun
    1.
    (in certain card games, as bridge and whist)
    2.
    a series or round played until one sidereaches a specific score or wins a specific number of hands.
    3.
    a series consisting of an odd number of games won by the side winning the majority, usually two out of three.
    4.
    the deciding game in such a series.
    adjective
    5.
    Also called rubber match. Sports . noting a deciding contest between two opponents who have previously won the same number of contests from each other.

    from dictionary.reference.com

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  4. pstlpkr

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    Our British cousins could probably confirm that a rubber is that thing you use to remove pencil marks from paper.


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  5. tobakenist

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    Also in the Uk it is a term for Condom.

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    Practice safe writing.

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    It refers to cards. Holmes says "I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and I thought that, as we were a partie carry,you might have your rubber after all."
    "Rubber", in this context, refers to the cards. Then he says, "But I see that the enemy's preparations have gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light." This refers to the activity going on in the first sentence, the card game.

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    Mr Holmes was missing his game of cards - a hand of Bridge or Whist can also be called a rubber.

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  9. hobie1dog

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    just when I thought I knew what a rubber was

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  10. nsfisher

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    rubber can also be referred to as a tie breaker ie: thats one apiece now for the rubber

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    Posted 7 years ago #

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