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Banished (Part two)

(You will want to read Banished to the Couch, posted Wednesday, August 28, before reading on.)

Playing precision, with no specific agreement on this auction as to what 2N means.

South
AQ
10xx
AJ
AKQ10xx
W
N
E
S
1
1
P
1NT
?

Well, there wouldn't be much story if I had bid other than 2N. Initially, our 2N opener is 19-20. I judged my hand as better than that. When I bid 2N, I thought it might be a good way to show "runners" with a good hand and a diamond stopper. I realized partner might think it was 21-23 balanced which I also had (close enough) so I was making a "safety bid". To be honest, that 2N could be 2 suited was not on my radar screen.

The problem with my safety bid was the continuations. My partner bid 3C. If 2N was runners then 3C is weak and to play opposite a club suit. If it is 21-23, then 3C is stayman. And I can't even try to end the auction with 3N because, as a stayman response we play that is 4-4 in the majors.

So I went into the tank. What to do? I finally decided that partner probably thought 2N was 21-23 and bid 3D. She bid 3N and I sighed in relief until clubs went 4-1, the spade K was off and the HA was off. 

You can imagine the post mortem. "What was 2N?" "Wouldn't I double a vulnerable 1N if I had a big balanced hand?" "You made your bid up." And the words that always define these conversations, "It isn't in the notes."

In hindsight, and with the benefit of Justin Lall's comments (and thoughtful comments of many others) posted in part one,  I have changed my thinking and, if I can convince her, will play that 2N is unusual.

Just because many readers like polls, what would you have bid over the opponent's 1N?

DBL
2C
2N intended as runners
2N intended as 21-23 balanced
3C
3N
Other.

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