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An unusual alert situation

Playing in a regional swiss. 

South
AQx
AKQJ9x
Q9xx
W
N
E
S
1
P
1
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3NT
?

You need to know a bit about our methods (which in this case are basic precision).

1C 16+

1S 8+, 5+ spades, GF

2H 5+ hearts

3C 4+ clubs

3N "non-serious" if the partnership has a known 8 card major suit fit

Our notes define "4th suit at the 3 level" as a possible "punt". Our methods also treat our 5332 hands differently.

As South, I broke tempo before I "alerted" Annie's 3N bid. After the board was over, one of the opponents asked whether I was sure Annie thought 3N was non-serious and then said, "You are better off not alerting in these ambiguous situations."

At the table, I had to decide whether 3S showed a third piece depending on the auction and our agreement regard 4th suit. Deciding that it should show a third spade, I then alerted (recognizing that it was possible that Annie might view things differently).

So what sayeth you denizens of the ACBL alert labyrinth?

3N should not have been alerted. You could have been in a 5-2 fit and 3N is not non-serious.
3N should have been alerted only if you judge that there is not more than a remote possibility that Annie thought 3N could be natural.
3N should have been alerted if you thought it is per your agreement non-serious.
Other.

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