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In Bite #18, our astute Declarer remembered that his opponent had opened the bidding, sensibly deduced that said opponent must have the missing high cards, and then played the hand accordingly. This weekís deal is a bit more difficult, as Declarer must be alert to something which did not happen!
West North East South
Pass Pass Pass 1NT
Pass 2♣ Pass 2♠
Pass 3♠ Pass 4♠
Pass Pass Pass
N-S crawl into 4♠ after a Stayman auction and West leads the ♣J. It looks like a simple enough hand, and so it is. Declarer loses two trumps and must avoid also losing two Heart tricks. How would you play the hand?