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In London depending on whom you believe you can wait half an hour for number 73 or 9 buses and then two come at once. Check out Ogden Nash's 'The Buses headed for Scranton travel in pairs'.

Having not posted to this site for a while I'm deluged with interesting deals this week; but this one, unlike the previous one, is not a double dummy problem. My partner had this one at the table and found an entirely logical way to go down in a 'cold' slam. I didn't even criticize him for his line so it must have been reasonable; see what you think. The layout of the opposition cards isnt really relevant I guess but I'll provide them later.

West
94
J43
AKQ43
QJ10
East
AK75
AQ1087
7
A95

The auction was somewhat bucolic but East's decision to conceal his spades might have influenced the opening lead. 1-1-1NT-2(GF)-2-4NT-5-6-P.

The defenders lead the spade three: nine jack ace. (Fourth highest leads.)

South is the most transcendently honest defender you have ever met. When or if you cash a second top spade she will follow with the ten, guaranteeing that she began with Q103 unless she missorted her hand.

Here is the full deal:

West
94
J43
AKQ43
QJ10
North
J862
K62
82
8432
East
AK75
AQ1087
7
A95
South
Q103
95
J10965
K76
D

As you can see it is easy to make the slam in the absence of foul breaks if any two of 'club finesse/heart finesse/diamond break' come through. But what is the best order to test things?

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