When this was sorted out, I converted my raise to a more rational pass. Now, does South make Three No-trumps? The suggested defence was a lead of the king of hearts which declarer ducks. West switches to his diamond, East takes his ace and returns a heart which South wins with his ace.
Now declarer crosses to the queen of diamonds (on which West, presumably, throws a spade) and finesses a spade to West's king. If West clears the hearts at this point South has nine top tricks, so suppose West exits passively with a spade. Without a club finesse, South has only eight winners now; but consider West's problems when declarer cashes the rest of the spades and his diamond winner. South is left with _J5 [K3, dummy with [AJ86, and West, still looking for a discard from _Q [Q972, has to give up and allow declarer the rest of the tricks.
Finally, we were told that this was not really the problem at all - at the table South had played in Four Spades. I shall return to the hand next week to describe what happened then.Reuse content