Here’s a spectacular deal from the BER sectional last weekend. This was the auction from Geoff’s point of view:
Dummy puts down a monster.
You ruff the Ace lead in dummy and start on trumps, West showing up with all three of them. You just have to find that pointy Queen to claim your twelve.
Geoff took what seems a fifty-fifty guess by finessing over East (because of the overall freakish distribution), but here the ball bounced the other way: down one.
The cleansing clue is West’s inability to bid over 2!
So he doesn’t have a six card suit, or a four card suit. Combine that with West holding all three trumps and it’s easy to smoke that Queen out of her palace.
Some other contemplations: My 5 call was far from an expert bid, it just happened in the heat of the moment. I don’t really care for a fit showing jump in because of the poor suit quality, but a 4 splinter to show extra strength looks reasonable. I wonder whether Geoff would have believed that considering he was holding a singleton himself.
Edit: Corrected deal after comment.