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I sat down to kibitz the penny game and saw that Grapefruit wasn't playing as usual.
"His huff arrived," a player said, "and he departed in it."
The members of my club worship the ground Grapefruit walks away from: He harangues partners without mercy. I was told that Grapefruit had been today's North, and against six diamonds West led a heart. South took the ace, drew trumps and tried the K-Q of hearts. When West discarded, declarer ruffed dummy's last heart and led a club.
When West played low, South confidently put up the king, but East produced the ace and returned a spade. West got a club for down one, and Grapefruit told South that if it weren't for people like him, everybody would have an IQ above 100.
"And he headed for the door - in his huff," East sighed.
South must cash his spade tricks before he leads a club to the king. Then when East wins, South survives. East must lead a major-suit card, and South discards his last club as dummy ruffs.
You hold: K 7 T 8 6 3 K Q J 10 7 2 4 3. Your partner opens 1NT. The next player passes. What do you say?
A: This problem is elementary, but the answer bears repeating because many learning players get it wrong. Bid 3NT. The diamonds will win tricks at notrump, especially since the king of spades is likely to be an entry, and to play at the nine-trick game is preferable. You'll rarely fail at 3NT when you could have made five diamonds.

West dealer
N-S vulnerable

NORTH
A Q
T A K Q 4
A 9 8 6
K 9 2
WEST EAST
J 9 6 2 10 8 5 4 3
T 2 T J 10 9 7 5
5 4 3
Q J 10 8 7 6 5 A

SOUTH
K 7
T 8 6 3
K Q J 10 7 2
4 3

West North East South
3 3 NT Pass 5
Pass 6 All Pass
Opening lead - T 2