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West North East South
1♣ Pass 1♥
Pass 1♠ Pass 1NT
Pass 2♦ Pass 3♣
Pass 3NT Pass Pass
The delicate N-S auction was designed to determine whether they belonged in 3NT or 5♣. Eventually they chose 3NT but along the way they generously donated all sorts of useful information to their opponents.
In fact, you are one of those opponents, you are West and you are on opening lead. Your hand is:
It’s always a good idea to mull over the auction before making the opening lead. What did North’s 2♦ mean?