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Pontificate on a Common Game deal

This deal is board 25 from last Monday's Common Game.

West
AQ107
5
AK8654
AK
East
KJ95
A9842
2
Q52

A total of 1177 pairs bid/played the hands shown.

As the cards are, 13 tricks are available in spades.

(The high intermediates in the spade suits and the CQ in the East hand are big plusses for the availability of 12/13 tricks.)

It's possible that some Easts might have opened 1H or perhaps 1D Flannery.

If not -- some Wests surely opened an unlimited 1C (we don't know how many so play) and that if not the opening was either 1D or 2C.

Whatever:

149 pairs who bid 6S scored +1460; another 82 pairs scored +1430. 38 pairs bid and made 7S for a score of +2210;perhaps mostly big club users. Another 13 pairs bid and made 6NT, technically not in the cards.  A healthy majority of all players fell short of slam.

(1) Your preference, given only 1D or 2C?

If 1D, how would your regular partner auction progress after 1D-1H-2S?

If 2C -- where and how might these three popular roads take you.

(2)

2-a): BWS (2D waiting)

2-b): 2D GF (at least a king or useful queens)

3-c): 2S as 3 controls (not specifically AK in same suit but not 3 kings)

Is one more likely than another to be equally revealing/rewarding in this particular deal?

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