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"My wife and I play in the Friday night duplicate," a club member told me, "and on Saturday mornings she reheats my mistakes for breakfast."

My friend was today's East, and his wife led the king of spades against four hearts. (North's raise to two hearts promised extra strength. Since South had eight points when he might have had none, he bid game.)

"I liked spades," East told me, "so I signaled with the eight. My wife led the ace and a third spade to my queen, but when I led a club next, South won, drew trumps and claimed. The next morning my wife was still upset over my defense. She burned my toast."

On the first spade, East must signal with the queen, saying he has the jack also. West leads a low spade next, and East wins and returns a spade.

On the bidding, West can expect South to have no more side-suit losers, so West leads the 13th spade. When East uppercuts with the ten of trumps, South must overruff with the queen, and West gets a trump trick.

You hold: 10 9 4 T A K 6 5 A K J 8 4 7. You open one diamond, your partner responds one heart and you raise to three hearts. Partner next bids three spades. What do you say?

A: Partner's three spades is an ace-showing cue bid to try for slam, and you have the necessary features to cooperate: good trumps, a source of tricks in diamonds and a control in clubs. A cue bid of four clubs would be acceptable, as would a leap to six hearts.

West dealer

N-S vulnerable





NORTH

10 9 4

T A K 6 5

A K J 8 4

7



WEST EAST

A K 5 2 Q J 8

T J 9 7 T 10 2

9 5 10 7 3 2

K Q 10 4 J 5 3 2



SOUTH

7 6 3

T Q 8 4 3

Q 6

A 9 8 6



West North East South

1 Dbl Pass 1 T

Pass 2 T Pass 4 T

All Pass

Opening lead - K