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Cy the Cynic says that two types of men can't understand women: bachelors and husbands.

"Some things Wendy does are beyond my comprehension," Cy told me.

Wendy, my club's feminist, and Cy, a chauvinist, are always at odds. When they were today's East-West, the Cynic led the ace of trumps against four spades. Seeing dummy, he shifted to ace and another club, and Wendy took the king, huddled and led ... a diamond!

"What kind of goofy play is that?" Cy snorted.

He put up his king, and South took the ace and threw a heart on the queen. South next ruffed a diamond, but when the jack didn't fall, he had a heart to lose. Down one.

"It was lucky her play didn't cost," Cy told me.

If Wendy leads a heart at Trick Four, South takes the ace and runs his trumps. With three tricks to go, Cy must keep the king of hearts - so only two diamonds. Dummy saves the A-Q-10 of diamonds, and South finesses to win three diamond tricks.

Wendy's play beat the contract.

You hold: K Q 10 9 8 4 2 T A 10 5 6 J 9. You are the dealer with neither side vulnerable. What do you say?

A: This hand has too many high-card and defensive values for a first-seat preempt. Your partner would be too apt to misjudge. I'd rather pass and act later than open three spades, but many experts would deem the hand worth opening one spade. After all, it has some winners, two defensive tricks and a comfortable rebid.

West dealer

Both sides vulnerable





NORTH

J 7 3

T Q 7 6 2

A Q 10 5

Q 5



WEST EAST

A 5 6

T K J 9 T 8 4 3

K J 7 4 9 8 3 2

A 10 6 2 K 8 7 4 3

SOUTH

K Q 10 9 8 4 2

T A 10 5

6

J 9



West North East South

1 NT Pass Pass 3

Pass 4 All Pass

Opening lead - A