Ace in the Hole Bridge Club
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Pre-empts make bidding hard

South obviously has a very good hand after West passes, North has 6 HCP and East has pre-empted, but how strong? I would bid 4S as South having

S.   AQJ98743

H   Q

D.   AK

C.   Q.  18 HCP and 3 losers

If East had 9 HCP, then South ( by North's guess may have about 25) and slam is a good chance, but if South had 18 then slam is a problem. My choice would be to bid 5S suggesting that you have good support if South wants to give it a go. E/W can only take CA.