#8 Neither Vulnerable
North   East   South  West
1♣          1♠       ?            Pass    
♠ K 7 4 3
 J 10 5 3
 Q 7
♣ Q J 3
South has a choice of responses.  1NT limits the hand to 6-10 total points and a balanced hand.  However, the four-card heart suit could get lost by bidding 1NT.  However, making a negative double to show a four-card heart suit is flawed as well.

North   East   South   West
1♣          1♠        X           Pass

If North rebids 2 , then you are stuck!  A 2NT rebid by South would show 11-12 totals points.  An additional flaw in starting with a negative double is that West may end up trumping spaces if North/South arrive in a heart contract.

After balancing the good and the bad, South should start with 1NT ~ the bid with the fewest flaws.

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