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One I got right (a not very hard defensive problem that nevertheless many mess up)
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I am sitting West.  Opponents get to 6N.  Partner dutifully leads the 6, which has the unexpected bonus of knocking out one of dummy's entries.

West
Q42
J1097543
8
K6
South
KJ875
Q
KJ7542
2
W
N
E
S
 
1
2
3
P
3
P
4N
P
5
P
5N
P
6
P
6N
P
P
P

Trick 1: 6, Q, 3, 8

Partner does the hard work of correctly holding up the A.

Trick 2: 2, 8, Q, 3

Trick 3: T, 9, J, 5 (odd-even)

Trick 4: K, 4, 6, A

Trick 5: 3, 5, ?

The instinctive play here is the Q. But that's giving up. Declarer has to have both aces, and if they have a second spade, they can run both of dummy's suits either before or after cashing the A. If they have a singleton A, you don't need to play the Q either.

Meanwhile, if you duck, declarer still has to win with the A.  Their spades rate to be doubleton, and the K is the last entry to the board's good diamonds.

West
Q42
J1097543
8
K6
North
A9
AK8
Q106
AQ754
East
1063
62
A93
J10983
South
KJ875
Q
KJ7542
2
W
N
E
S
 
1
2
3
P
3
P
4N
P
5
P
5N
P
6
P
6N
P
P
P
D
6NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0

I don't know why declarer ignored my tank and finessed my partner for the Q, but they did, and got stuck in hand for down 5.  Maybe they miscounted their tricks without spades.  6N can make either by finessing me for the K or by squeezing whomever has both black suit honors.

Now I have to work on figuring out this out at trick 1 so that I can duck smoothly.

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