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North
109543
AQJ
A8
KQ10
South
KQ76
K963
QJ3
A9

I'm always on the look out for different ways to play mundane suit combinations.

This one isn't difficult but it is an indication of how the bidding alters your approach to preconceived ideas of how to tackle a suit.

You'd certainly want to play 4 or 3NT and not slam from South. If you did play slam you'd want to protect the A and play it from North

After a strong NT from South in 6 you would have little choice but to finesse then cross to dummy and lead a spade to the king. But that wasn't what happened in the dog-eat-dog world of the Honors duplicate.

(Board 24 rotated to make South declarer)

West
854
K10975
J8763
North
109543
AQJ
A8
KQ10
East
AJ82
1072
642
542
South
KQ76
K963
QJ3
A9
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
2NT
6NT
P
P
P
D
6NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

You play 6NT and have to run the diamond to your hand. You win Q at trick one.

What now?

Before testing spades you play a heart to dummy and two inveterate signalers tell you they each have an odd number of hearts. when you cash A and both follow the entries do not let you cash a third, but it feels right to go with 3-3 hearts. So you can run 10 next -- the first time I've ever seen that play with this holding.

Even if they win the ace and exit in diamonds you have three entries to dummy to finesse twice more in spades and cash out the suit in good time.

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