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Double Dummy Deal Where the Side That Can Make Slam Doesn't Bid at All

On 9 January 2020 this deal in a Mentor Pairs game, with the mentors sitting North & East, cropped up.

West
AQ53
64
K1086
Q93
North
86
Q7532
A93
KJ2
East
KJ9742
K9
QJ4
75
South
10
AJ108
752
A10864
D

One pair passed the deal out. The other Easts opened 2. Two Wests raised to 3. One of the Easts bid the spade game. Two Souths led the 2, while one led the 5. I don't know how many declarers created a smoke screen by playing the K, but no matter. None of the Norths found a defense that holds the  contract to 8 tricks. The declarer in 4, in fact, was allowed to make the contract. A club was pitched on dummy's long diamond, and a club was led, won by South. She panicked and cashed the A.

At the end of the session, the hand record sheet was made available. Everyone in the room was amazed that NS can make 12 tricks in . The contract is certainly double dummy, but the play isn't. Assume that N is declarer. E leads a spade. West wins and, looking at the dummy, shifts to a diamond. Declarer wins, leads the Q (ducked by E), passes it, and finishes drawing trumps. Reasoning that W holds the Q. he plays the  suit accordingly and eventually discards 2 in hand, making six. Given that no NS bid at all, everyone just passed this one off to a lucky lie of the cards.

This is reminiscent of the anecdote that appeared in the Bridge Bulletin years ago about a foursome in a Swiss Team Regional that was comparing scores at the end of a round. One pair was excited about declaring in a thin 6 which made 6 due to a defensive slip. The counterparts reported that the deal was passed out. One player of the pair in the slam spoke incredulously, "Really? How could this happen? How did the auction go?"

If this deal were in a team event, with one team actually getting to 6 and playing as described above, what would the reactions be from the four pairs in this game, especially from the one (in the EW direction) who passed the board out, if they were the counterparts of the team? Remember, the P/O got a bottom in the pair game!

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