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After the hand we discussed the problem, and if it ever comes up again we will have the answer. Once a player is marked with four or five cards in a suit—the bidding had marked me with at least four spades—and partner leads the king with the queen in dummy, we are going to signal as follows: with five cards play the lowest, with four cards play the highest if you want a shift to the higher ranking side suit; play third highest if you want a shift to the lower ranking side suit; play second highest if you don't know what you want or have no clear preference.
Without that agreement we were floundering. In the other room, Goldman-Soloway arrived at a superior three no-trump, making four for a standoff.
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