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FAQ 16. Frequently-Asked Questions about the 2012 National Mah Jongg League card
(American-style mah-jongg)


NNNN EW SSSS 2012 (Any 2 and 1, Same Suit)
(2012 #1)

Can I use a joker in a 2012 since the tiles are bunched together like a kong?
No, of course not. 2012 is not a kong. It's four singles (actually, two singles in a spread-out pair). A kong is four identical tiles. Read FAQ 19E (click here) and read the back of your NMJL card.

Can I claim a tile to expose a 2012?
Not unless it's for mah-jongg. Read FAQ 19E (click here) or click FAQ 19 in the nav frame at left.


FF 2012 1111 2222 (Any 3 Suits, Kong 1s and 2s Only)
(2012 #2)

Does the 2012 have to be in bams, since it's green?
No. Read the parenthetical. It says "Any 3 Suits." That's the League's way of saying that the 2 and 1 can be from any suit (but they both have to be from the same suit), and the kong of 1s must be any second suit, and the kong of 2s must be the third suit.


FFFF 2222 0000 12 (Any 2 and 1, Same Suit)
(2012 #3)

Can the 12 be a different suit from the 2222, since the parenthetical says "Any 2 and 1," not "Any 2s and 1"?
No. The League clearly intends this to be a one-suit hand. The omission of the letter "s" is not significant (does not imply the permissibility of a two-suit hand).


22 444 44 666 8888 (Any 3 Suits, Kong 8s)
(2468 #4)

Does "Kong 8s" mean I cannot use a joker?
No. Read FAQ 19AO. You can click the FAQ 19 link in the nav frame at left.


FFFF 1111 11 1111 (Any Like No.)
(Like Numbers)

Does the pair have to be craks?
No. The color-coding is more flexible than that. Read the back of the card. The card explains how its color-coding works. That guide is the paragraph just beneath the bold line, "Standard Based on Eight Flowers and Eight Jokers." I wrote an explanation of how the color-coding works in FAQ 19J and FAQ 19AK. You can click the FAQ 19 link in the nav frame at left.


1223 22222 22222 (Any 3 Consec. Nos. Pr Any No. in Run; Pr & Quints Match)
Quints #2

Do the quints and the pair have to be the second number in the run?
No. The pair can be the first, second, or third number in the run. Read the parenthetical very carefully. The phrase "Any No. in Run" means that the pair can be any number in the run (not only the second). The word "any" always means "any." You can read FAQ 19J if you're still confused about what "any" means (or look up the word "any" in... any dictionary). Also see http://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org/faq.html .

Do the quints have to be in craks and dots, since they're red and blue?
No. The colors are symbolic - they are not to be taken literally. Read FAQ 19AK (click here).
1123 11111 11111
4556 55555 55555
7899 99999 99999

Can I use a joker in the 1223 kong? And can I call it for exposure?
It is not a kong! The term "kong" applies only to "like tiles." This "grouping" is two singles and one pair. Read FAQ 19E (click here).

If it's not a kong, why aren't there spaces between the pair and the singles?
How should I know? And what difference does it make? So what if there's no space between obvious pairs and singles? Spaces are not significant or meaningful.


FFFF DDDDD 11111 (Quint Any Dragon & Any No. in Any Suit)
(Quints #3)

This hand has to be two suits, right? The number quint has to be a different suit from the dragon kong?
No. The hand can be two suits or it can be one suit. Look in the parenthetical. There's that word "any" again. "Any" always means "any." You can read FAQ 19J.
FFFF DDDDD 33333
FFFF DDDDD 88888


NNNN 11 11 11 SSSS (Pair Any Like Odd No.)
(Winds-Dragons #2)

EEEE 22 22 22 WWWW (Pair Any Like Even No.)
(Winds-Dragons #3)

Shouldn't the parenthetical say "Pairs" instead of "Pair"?
I suppose. But you see that sometimes the League omits the letter "s", which reinforces the answer I gave as regards to 2012 #3. The omission of the letter "s" is not significant to the interpretation of the hand.


FF DDDD NEWS DDDD (Any 2 Dragons)
(Winds-Dragons #4)

Can I use soaps as one of the dragons?
Yes. That's what "Any 2 Dragons" means. "Any" always means "any."

Can I claim a wind tile to expose NEWS?
Not unless it's for mah-jongg. "NEWS" is not a kong; it's four singles. Read FAQ 19E (click here).

Can I use a joker in NEWS?
No, of course not. Read FAQ 19E (click here) and read the back of your NMJL card.

If NEWS is not a kong, why aren't there spaces between the letters on the card?
How should I know? And what difference does it make? So what if there's no space between obvious singles? Spaces are not significant or meaningful.


33 666 33 666 9999 (Any 3 Suits, Kong 9s)
(369 #4)

Does "Kong 9s" mean I cannot use a joker?
No. Read FAQ 19AO. You can click the FAQ 19 link in the nav frame at left.


333 66 999 333 333 (Any 2 Suits, Like Pungs 3, 6 or 9)
(369 #5)

What does "Like Pungs 3, 6 or 9" mean?
It means that the two same-colored "like pungs" (six identical tiles, in two separately exposable triplets) can be made of either threes or sixes or nines.
333 66 999 333 333
333 66 999 666 666
333 66 999 999 999
The term "like pungs" is defined in FAQ 19AU. You can click the FAQ 19 link in the nav frame at left.


336 33669 336699 (Any 3 Suits)
(Singles And Pairs #5)

That's a pung, a quint, and a sextet - so can I use a joker? And can I call for exposure?
No. The terms "pung" and "quint" and "sextet" apply only to "like tiles." In this section of the card, you cannot use jokers, and you cannot make any exposures, not only because all the hands are marked with a C but also because the hands in this section are all made solely of "Singles and Pairs." Read FAQ 19E (click here).

Can I call a discard if it's the tile I need to complete this hand for mah-jongg?
Yes.

So if those aren't a pung, a quint, and a sextet, why aren't there spaces between every pair and every single?
How should I know? So there's no space between obvious pairs and singles; spaces are meaningless.


998 99887 998877 (Any 3 Suits. These Nos. Only)
(Singles And Pairs #6)

Can that be any three descending numbers?
No. "These numbers only," it says.

That's a pung, a quint, and a sextet - so can I use a joker? And can I call for exposure?
No. There is no pung in the hand, no quint, and no sextet. The terms "pung" and "quint" and "sextet" apply only to "like tiles." In this section of the card, you cannot use jokers, and you cannot make any exposures, not only because all the hands are marked with a C but also because the hands in this section are all made solely of "Singles and Pairs." Read FAQ 19E (click here).

Can I call a discard if it's the tile I need to complete this hand for mah-jongg?
Yes.

Why aren't there spaces between every pair and every single?
How should I know? And what difference does it make? So what if there's no space between obvious pairs and singles?

Wow, you sure are a grump! Why do you answer these questions if you don't like answering questions?
I love answering questions. I just think people should put a little effort into finding and thinking about the answers.


Where do I get the latest NMJL card?
Read FAQ 7i (click here).



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