When you say "proper" -- I'm thinking you mean that you get your LOL's at the local dup to bid it??? I've seen the local dupe's you play at! ;-)
LOL's at my club shiver to think about bidding a weak 2 with a 5 card suit ...
Thanks to all that commented with suggestions as to how to handle this situation.
I wanted to tell you how the story ended:
-- After talking with a couple of other EW pairs, they confirmed that the board was not fouled by the time that they played the hand.
-- I since ...
It is unlikely the board was fouled.
Looking at the board in question -- this happened in the first round. Most players were in 6♠, making 6. There were 25 tables in play in two sections. (I don't score across the field -- but want to!)