|By Tom Sloper
December 2, 2012
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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Question or comment about this column? I often, um... intentionally... "miss" something; maybe you'll be the first one to spot it! Email and the discussion will be posted on the Mah-Jongg Q&A Bulletin Board. Like this, for instance...
>From: Michael K
>Sent: Saturday, December 8, 2012 5:32 AM
>Subject: Weekly Column 548, Hand 9
>I am puzzled by your answer to this WWYP. First, I confess I am just starting to learn to play. I have only been playing for a few weeks. But I have been studying your columns and reading Elaine Sandberg. That brings me to Hand 9 of this week’s column. I am curious why this would not be a strong start to 369 #1 – 6 tiles in that direction? Thus, keep Green and throw an even or a non-369 odd?
Hand 9 is not a "strong" start for 369 #1 because there are no sixes, and 369 #1 requires a pair of them. Anytime a hand requires a pair, you want to start off with at least half of the pair. (And of course, that is because jokers may not be used in pairs, and you cannot meld a pair separately.) But you can preserve the 369 option (and hope for sixes) and you can preserve the Consec. option I was probably contemplating if you pass 7D 8D S (substituting the 7D for the G I had initially suggested passing).
May the tiles be with you.
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December 8, 2012
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