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You and partner have worked hard on the first 2 boards that West thinks are tops for you - they weren't. 

And now somehow this hand is next.

South
A1083
J103
J952
76
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P

All leads are undesirable,  but maybe there are differences.

West
96542
A754
A73
8
South
A1083
J103
J952
76

Looks like bidding from a money or IMP game.

Now a view from partner's side.

West
96542
A754
A73
8
North
KQ
K96
86
K105432
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P

2 challenges: 

1. Partner lead 3.

2. Partner lead 7.

You're glad he didn't lead a diamond.

Either way, some thinking would be good.

If you're in with the Q, you better cash the K and exit with a diamond.

If partner lead the 7, you can play any club except the king and later exit only once more in clubs.

West
96542
A754
A73
8
North
KQ
K96
86
K105432
East
J7
Q82
KQ104
AQJ9
South
A1083
J103
J952
76
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
2
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0

A diamond lead just gives declarer a 4th diamond.

A heart lead doesn't  cost material, but a skillful declarer can now make it. East was one of those. Not one of those that tortures you by stalling and faking thinking. But one that is capable of reconstructing every card.

I didn't mind the first 2 hands, but why does this one have to come against these opponents. We didn't beat 3N. They were the only ones in it.

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