I forgot to set the vulnerability, EW are vul, teams of 4.
2♦ was not alerted nor was 2♥, but EW's system was that this was a (weak) transfer. W actually intended it as a pretty random move hoping partner would bid a major (he'd forgotten the system). I can fully believe that even with a 17 count with 5 card support this particular east would not even consider breaking the transfer.
At the end of the auction Edit N not E as originally posted asked some questions, discovered the lack of an alert and called the TD, I'm not sure if the lead was face down or face up at this point. Edit confirmed face down
2♥ made on the nose and NS claimed MI/UI.
NS's methods, the X of 1N is 9+, X of 2♥ by S is pens, X of 2♥ by N is T/o, but virtually guaranteeing 4 spades.
My questions are the following:
1. If the lead was face down should N have been given his pass back ?
2. If the lead was face up does N get his pass back and if different to 1 has he lost some of his right to redress.Edit irrelevant, didn't happen
3. If he was given his pass back, he claims he would have bid 3♣, do we believe him ? Edit this was said after seeing all 4 hands
4. Should N have asked over the 2♦ even though it wasn't alerted ? as it's not very often that a bid of LHO's suit is natural.
5. Is pulling a "natural" 2♦ to 2♥ with a 1N overcall unusual enough that NS should have asked before passing it out ?
The TD ruled score stood, and so did we as appeals committee, looks like it might get appealed again. We weren't aware on the appeals committee that the director was called at the end of the auction not the end of the hand, so if a directorial error is ruled, what happens next ?