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A Kingdom for a Finesse

As declarer in 3 NT, how would you play each of these suit holdings to win the maximum number of tricks.
Assume adequate entries in other suits if needed.

1. 3 NTQ J 10 9 4
Table
North leadsA 8 7 6 5

What is your play?

A. Lead the queen and play the ace
B. Lead the queen and finesse
C. Lead the four and finesse

2. 3 NTA J 10 3 2
Table
South leadsQ 6 5

What is your play?

A. Lead low and play the ace
B. Lead low and finesse the jack
C. Lead the queen

3. 3 NTQ J 5 4
Table
N or S leadsA 7 3 2

What is your play?

A. Win the ace; lead to the queen
B. Lead low to the queen
C. Lead the queen

4. 3 NTQ 7 5 4
Table
N or S leadsA 10 3 2

What is your play?

A. Win the ace; lead to the queen
B. Lead low to the queen
C. Lead low to the 10

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5. 3 NTK J 10 6 4
Table
N or S leadsA 5 3 2

What is your play?

A. Win the ace and king
B. Win the ace; finesse the jack
C. Win the king; run the jack

6. 3 NTK J 8 3
Table
N or S leadsA 10 5 4

What is your play?

A. Win the king; finesse the 10
B. Win the ace; finesse the jack
C. Win the ace; lead the 10

7. 3 NTA K J 10 5
Table
South leads3 2

What is your play?

A. Win the ace and king
B. Win the ace; finesse later
C. Finesse on the first round

8. 3 NTA K J 10 5
Table
South leads4 3 2

What is your play?

A. Win the ace and king
B. Win the ace; finesse later
C. Finesse on the first round

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9. 3 NTK 10 9 4 3
Table
North leadsA 5

What is your play?

A. Win the ace and king
B. Lead the 10 and let it ride
C. Win the ace; finesse the 10

10. 3 NTK 10 5 4 3
Table
North leadsA 9

What is your play?

A. Win the ace and king
B. Lead low and finesse the nine
C. Win the ace; run the nine

11. 3 NTK Q 10 4 3
Table
North leadsA 5

What is your play?

A. Win the top honors
B. Lead the 10 and let it ride
C. Win the ace; finesse the 10

12. 3 NTK Q 5 4 3
Table
North leadsA 10

What is your play?

A. Win the top honors
B. Lead low and finesse the 10
C. Win the ace; run the 10

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