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SLOPER ON MAH-JONGG

By Tom Sloper
December 2, 2012

No. #548

American Mah Jongg (2012 NMJL card). What would you pass?

1. Think Consec., pass 9D N soap.

2. Pass anything that doesn't fit with 369.

3. Like Numbers (eights) or evens. That leaves several tiles from which to choose your passers.

4. Consec. (7 8 9). That leaves a lotta junk to eliminate.

5. Elevens or Evens. Pass anything that doesn't fit.

6. Evens or Consec. Those three tiles at the right don't fit.

7. Like Nos., Consec., Odds... A lot of ways you could go, all low. Get rid of highs; pass 6 9 E.

8. Bad hodgepodge of singles. The lows are out-numbered by the highs, so pass lows.

9. Pass G, S, 8D. Hope for clues.

10. 369 or Consec. Pass E and either both twos, or one two and soap.

11. The only pair is N, but it has no friends. Pass N E G, and hope for good tiles.

12. Eights and twos indicate evens. Shun all else (for now).

13. A mess. Maybe Elevens or Consec. Pass dragons and S, and hope for the best.

14. Sixes and dragons. Been getting a lot of soaps today, but where are they when you need'em? Reason I said that is that the bottom Consec. is an option with this. Pass N, 1B, 4D. See what happens.

15. Consec. or 2012. Pass eights and 5D.

16. Clearly Evens. You know what to do.



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