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Sorting Through a 12C1(c) Problem.. or is it?

The following hand, which arose this past Monday in an interclub championship game (Bd 11), posed challenging questions for the director:

West
K2
Q1062
A3
AQ1072
North
AQJ86543
9
106
K8
East
107
K853
KQ54
J93
South
9
AJ74
J9872
654
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
3
X
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

There was a noticeable, though not egregious break in tempo following North's jump to 3.  A stop card was employed and I think East's double occurred about 15-20" after the bid.   The 3 bidder did not wait 10" to pick up the stop card.  The 3 bidder thought the huddle was closer to 30".

The EW convention card did not have neg. doubles marked.

Q1  Does an intempo double by East suggest any particular action?

Q2  Would an out of tempo quick double by East suggest playing for penalties?

Q3  Would an even slower double by East suggest more doubt about playing for penalties?

Q4  Is pass a LA for West after East's double?

Q5   If your answer to Q4 is yes, then does this become a candidate for a weighted, adjusted score?  

Q6  If your answer to Q5 is yes, then do you only consider results from the contracts of 3SX and 3N or do you also consider West bidding 4 some

percentage of the time?

 

TIA for your consideration of this problem

 

 

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