|By Tom Sloper
April 20, 2014
American Mah Jongg (2014 NMJL card). Continuing defense by the numbers with the new card. An opponent is showing two pungs. What do you do?
1. Evens #6 is a concealed hand. Call her dead (and yes, as I explained last week, you should do so).
2. Two possibilities, both Odds: #1 and #5. You can look for clues: 1C 3C 5D 7D 5B 7B are all key tiles (I explained "key" last week). Look to see if any key tile is dead (I explained "dead" last week too).
3. Consec. #6; ones and twos are key (1C 1D 2C 2D).
4. Evens #5. The hot tiles are R and G. If she thinks she's doing Evens #6, she's got a problem (it's a concealed hand).
5. 369 #2. The hot tiles are 6B 6D 9B 9D.
6. Consec. #2. The hot tiles are 5D 7C.
7. Fives and nines; she must be making Odds #7 (a concealed hand); she must be called dead.
8. Consec. #2. The hot tiles are 7C 9B.
9. Odds #7 is a concealed hand (as discussed above).
10. Consec. #2 again (it's only the most powerful hand on the card). The hot tiles are 3B 5D.
11. 369 #5. No clue what her other suit is. Sixes are key (check to see if 6B or 6C is dead on the table).
12. Call her dead; the poor dear has forgotten to notice the C, indicating the hand is concealed.
13. Odds #7 yet again. Call her dead.
14. Consec. #6; 6B 6C 7B 7C are key tiles.
15. Evens #5; the hot tiles are soap and G.
16. Threes and nines, so 369 #5. 6B is key.
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