I have always liked puzzles!
J 9 x x x
Q x x
x x x
K x x x
x A K Q J x x
K J 10 x x x x x
A K Q x x x x
A Q 10 x
10 x x x
J x x
Let me presume that the first four lines are the North hand and the last four the South hand. So the middle four are the West/East hands. Look at the hearts: x A K Q J x x
Presumably that is x for West and AKQJxx for East. But East did not open [goodness knows why not
], so all the other honours must be West. Also we know West's longest suit was diamonds since he overcalled in it. So now we know that the hands were [guessing how many small cards were where]:
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Now let's get down to the query. East asked whether 4
was natural. Since it was natural, South answered "Yes". East having got the correct answer duly passed.
Ignoring the fact that despite 38 years on the tournament circuit I have never heard of a convention called Truscott in this position I presume that East is moaning because he wanted to know whether 4
was weak, which is of course the standard meaning of the bid in England. So why did he not ask that?
As for West's double, I would disallow that routinely. He has unauthorised information, pass is a logical alternative, so a ruling 4
-3, no double, seems fair.
South's comments were 100% right. 4
was natural, natural does include pre-emptive, that is the normal way to play it.
When we come to East's "parting shot" I might get a little stronger as a TD. His comments are unnecessary and almost offensive. He has got a bad board through his own efforts by bad bidding, failure to understand simple English and presumptions that his opponents are playing something strange despite evidence they are not. To blame someone else is not acceptable.
As for calming the troubled waters, I would not bother. someone should teach East not to blame others when he makes a mistake.