Puppet Stayman
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  Puppet Stayman may be used over either 1NT or 2NT openings and asks for 4 and 5 card majors. If you have browsed through the NoTrump bidding book you will see that there is no use/need for it over a 1NT opening. The problem with using it over a 1NT opening is that the responses go to 2NT and so responder needs to have invitational values or better to bid 2 . If you want to use 2 as Puppet Stayman, then the responses etc are as below but one level lower.  
  Another option over a 1NT opening is to keep your 2 as standard (Garbage) Stayman and use 3 as Puppet Stayman. It is game forcing and the responses are as below. This works fine if you do not have another meaning for the jump to 3 over 1NT.  
  But Puppet Stayman really is essential over a 2NT opening as there is less room to investigate 4-4 or 5-3 major suit fits below the game level.  
3 Puppet Stayman , asks for 4 and 5 card majors, reply is as follows: -

3 :

no 5 card major, but 4 's and/or 4 ♠ 's.

The 3 bidder then shows his major suit holding as follows: -

3 shows 4 ♠'s * note 1
3 shows 4's * note 1
3NT shows no 4 card major, and is to play * note 2
4 shows both majors and interest in slam  
4 shows both majors and no slam interest  
Note 1: These responses allow opener to be declarer.
Note 2: The 3 bidder may have gone this route because the direct 3NT bid is needed
  conventionally. Alternatively, he may have a 3 card major and a weak doubleton elsewhere and was hoping to find the 5-3 major suit fit.

3/♠ :

5 card suit.


no 4 or 5 card major.
For a complete set of responses to 2NT which includes Puppet Stayman, see Niemeijer.
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