|By Tom Sloper
July 29, 2012
American Mah Jongg (2012 NMJL card). Continuing defense by the numbers. You know the drill by now; an opponent is showing two exposures.
1. Quints #4; 2C is hot.
2. Quints #2; 3C is hot, and she needs singles that could be 1C 2C 4C or 5C. Hard to tell! Tread carefully.
3. Quints #4 again; 1B is hot.
4. And again Quints #4; this time 5C is hot.
5. The hot tile could be any dragon (Quints #3). Look for clues, but they can fool you (she could have any number of jokers).
6. Quints #4; 4B is hot.
7. Quints #3; F is hot.
8. Evens #5. Hot: sixes and eights (in the other suits).
9. Consec. #2; hot tiles are 3C 3B 5D.
10. Consec. #1 or Consec. #3; hot tiles are1D 2D 5D, plus fives and sixes in bams and craks.
11. Consec. #3; sixes and sevens are hot (in the other two suits).
12. Evens #4; the hot tiles are 2B 4D 8C.
13. Consec. #2 or #3. Hot tiles could be 3D 3B 4B 6C.
14. Evens #4 or #5; hot tiles are 2B 4D 6D 6C.
15. She's dead. Consec. #6 is a concealed hand.
16. Evens #5 or Consec. #3. Hot: 2B 3B 5B 5D 7D and 8D; she's given you quite a puzzle!
This week's column was put together in a slapdash manner. Find my mistakes and get a tip o' the Sloper hat!
Note: six days went by without anybody detecting the mistake in #16 (I found it and fixed it myself). So putcher thinking caps on this week!
Here's that hat right here...! And it goes to Michael G, who spotted a flub on September 28. Sharp eyes, Michael!
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