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The ethics of when to think as declarer

Let me give you a common situation:

North
KJ32
4
K9542
987
South
A7654
QJ
AQJ6
QJ
W
N
E
S
1
3
3
4
4
P
P
P

This is a made-up hand so don't worry too much about it.  The defense starts with a high heart then shifts to diamond, which you win in your hand.

You play the Ace of spades, everyone following low, then another spade, the Ten appearing on your left.

So, here's my question:  When do you think?  I mean, besides all the time.

What I very often do is wait until I know I have something to think about.  After Ace-and-another-trump, most of the time I'll have either seen the Queen or seen someone show out, so I don't need to decide what the most likely layout of the trump suit is.  Only in the scenario where I've seen twelve trumps without the Queen do I need to try and figure out where it is.

Very early in my bridge career, though, an opponent accused me of trying to get him to give away the position of the Queen by pausing at that moment and waiting for someone to blink.  I was shocked at the accusation; I never even look at the opponents in situations like these.  This is just me trying to piece available information together, not to try and generate new information through opposition body language.

I am, however, aware that the appearance is I'm trying to pick up a tell.  I also know that in many ethical situations I need to avoid giving the appearance of illegally attempting to acquire unauthorized information no matter how pure my motivations are.

Yet, I also don't like spending five minutes thinking about possible layouts of the trump suit when in all likelihood it won't matter what conclusions I come to.  That's mental energy best expended elsewhere and wasted time I might need later.

So what do y'all do in situations like these?

Figure out what you're going to do before playing a card
Wait until a decision is needed before pausing for thought

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