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[5 of Spades]
Were you worrying about which club to play? You should have been worrying about the king of diamonds.
The way to look at these kinds of problems is this: you have lost three tricks and even if you guess the club position correctly you are still going to lose a club trick. So to make the hand West must have the king of diamonds.
When you need a particular card in a particular place, assume it's there and then try to place the other cards.
So assume West has the king of diamonds; otherwise you're playing for practice. What does that leave East for his one no trump response?
He has no honors in spades, one point in hearts, at most the jack of diamonds, so he must have the ace of clubs or else he wouldn't have been able to cough up a one no trump response.
Go up with the king of clubs. What a player you are!