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SLOPER ON MAH-JONGG
By Tom Sloper

#749, June 6, 2021 - Defense 2021
#748, May 30, 2021 - Charleston 2021
#747, May 23, 2021 - Defense 2021
#746, May 16, 2021 - Charleston 2021
#745, May 9, 2021 - Defense 2021
#744, May 2, 2021 - Charleston 2021
#743, April 25, 2021 - Defense 2021
#742, April 18, 2021 - Charleston 2021
#741, April 11, 2021 - The 2021 NMJL Card, Part 2
#740, April 4, 2021 - The 2021 NMJL Card, Part 1

#739, May 17, 2020 - Defense (2020 NMJL Card)
#738, April 26, 2020 - Charleston Exercises (2020 NMJL Card)
#737, April 19, 2020 - The 2020 NMJL Card, part 4
#736, April 12, 2020 - The 2020 NMJL Card, part 3
#735, April 5, 2020 - The 2020 NMJL Card, part 2
#734, March 29, 2020 - The 2020 NMJL Card, part 1
#733, January 12, 2020 - The 2020 NMJL Newsletter
#732, January 5, 2020 - 100 Years of Mah-Jongg!

#731, November 10, 2019 - Defense
#730, September 30, 2019 - The Charleston
#729, August 25, 2019 - Would You Stop the Charleston?
#728, August 4, 2019 - What Would You Discard?
#727, June 30, 2019 - Defense 2019
#726, June 23, 2019 - Charleston 2019
#725, June 9, 2019 - The Four Step Strategy (Charleston), Updated
#724, June 2, 2019 - Defense 2019 (What would you discard?)
#723, May 26, 2019 - Charleston 2019
#722, May 19, 2019 - Defense 2019
#721, Mother's Day, 2019 - Charleston
#720, Cinco de Mayo, 2019 - More About That Rule Controversy
#719, April 28, 2019 - Charleston 2019
#718, April 21, 2019 - The 2019 NMJL Card, Part 4 of 4
#717, April 14, 2019 - The 2019 NMJL Card, Part 3 of 4
#716, April 7, 2019 - The 2019 NMJL Card, Part 2 of 4
#715, March 31, 2019 - The 2019 NMJL Card, Part 1 of 4

#714, February 5, 2019 - The Year of the Pig
#713, January 4, 2019 - Miscall Recall
#712, December 30, 2018 - "New" Rule Controversy
#711, December 16, 2018 - Charleston
#710, December 2, 2018 - Defense
#709, September 30, 2018 - Charleston
#708, September 23, 2018 - Defense
#707, September 3, 2018 - Charleston
#706, June 10, 2018 - Defense
#705, May 20, 2018 - Charleston
#704, May 13, 2018 - Defense (2018 NMJL) and "Simple Math"
#703, April 29, 2018 - Charleston (2018 NMJL)
#702, April 22, 2018 - Defense (2018 NMJL)
#701, April 15, 2018 - The 2018 NMJL Card, Part 3/3
#700, April 8, 2018 - The 2018 NMJL Card, Part 2/3
#699, April 5, 2018 - The 2018 NMJL Card, Part 1/3

#698, March Forth, 2018 - Learning a New Card
#697, Feb. 4, 2018 (Rooster) - The Year of the Dog (Feb. 16)
#696, January 28, 2018 - Rulebook Revision Review
#695, January 14, 2018 - Newsletter rulings, part 2
#694, January 7, 2018 - Newsletter rulings, part 1
#693, December 24, 2017 - Defense
#692, December 3, 2017 - Charleston
#691, October 29, 2017 - Controversial Exceptions
#690, October 22, 2017 - WRC and JCC
#689, September 17, 2017 - Level Two
#688, September 3, 2017 - Charleston
#687, August 20, 2017 - Real Rule? Myth? Deprecated Rule?
#686, August 13, 2017 - Official Rule? Tournament Rule? Table Rule? Strategy? Etiquette?
#685, August 6, 2017 - Official Rule? Table Rule? Strategy? Etiquette?
#684, July 30, 2017 - Hitting The Wall
#683, July 23, 2017 - Defense
#682, July 16, 2017 - WWYD
#681, July 9, 2017 - Charleston
#680, July 2, 2017 - WWYD
#679, June 18, 2017 - Defense
#678, June 11, 2017 - WWYD
#677, June 4, 2017 - Charleston
#676, May 28, 2017 - Defense (NMJL)
#675, May 21, 2017 - What would you discard? (WWYD)
#674, May 14, 2017 - Charleston (WWYP)
#673, May 7, 2017 - Defense (NMJL 2017)
#672, April 30, 2017 - Defense (NMJL 2017)
#671, April 23, 2017 - WWYP (NMJL 2017)
#670, April 16, 2017 - Defense (NMJL 2017)
#669, April 9, 2017 - What Would You Pass? (WWYP)
#668, April 2, 2017 - The 2017 NMJL Card

#667, March 19, 2017 - Official Rulebook Revised
#666, March 12, 2017 - Heavenly Hand
#665, 2017年 2月 19日 - Riichi at LAPOM (Japanese)
#664, Jan. 8, 2017 - The Charleston, part 3 of 3
#663, Jan.1, 2017 - The Year of the Rooster
Column #662 - The Charleston, part 2 of 3
Column #661 - The Charleston, part 1 of 3
Column #660 - Defense
Column #659 - Defense
Column #658 - Space and Order
Column #657 - "It Was An Honest Mistake!"
Column #656 - Hold, Call Waiting
Column #655 - Defense (American Mah-Jongg)
Column #654 - Table Talk (American Mah-Jongg)
Column #653 - WWYD (2016 NMJL Card)
Column #652 - Charleston (2016 NMJL Card)
Column #651 - Defense (2016 NMJL Card)
Column #650 - The 2016 NMJL Card

Column #649 - 2016年 3月 13日 - Pacific Mahjong League, SoCal
Column #648 - January 17, 2016 - Charleston
Column #647 - December 27, 2015 - The Year Of The Monkey
Column #646 - December 13, 2015 - Defense
Column #645 - November 15, 2015 - Charleston
Column #644 - October 11, 2015 - Defense
Column #643 - September 6, 2015 - Defense
Column #642 - August 16, 2015 - Defense
Column #641 - August 2, 2015 - "Racking, Schmacking"
Column #640 - July 19, 2015 - WWYP
Column #639 - July 12, 2015 - The Window of Opportunity v2.0
Column #638 - July 5, 2015 - Defense
Column #637 - June 7, 2015 - Defense
Column #636 - May 24, 2015 - WWYP
Column #635 - May 10, 2015 - WWYP
Column #634 - April 12, 2015 - WWYP (Charleston)
Column #633 - April 5, 2015 - WWYP (Charleston)
Column #632 - March 29, 2015 - The 2015 NMJL Card

Column #631 - March 22, 2015 - Charleston strategy: Four Steps, part 2
Column #630 - March 22, 2015 - Charleston strategy: Four Steps, part 1
Column #629 - March 8, 2015 - WWYP
Column #628 - January 18, 2015 - Controversial Play
Column #627 - January 4, 2015 - The Year Of The Sheep
Column #626 - December 28, 2014 - Defense
Column #625 - December 21, 2014 - WWYP (Charleston)
Column #624 - December 14, 2014 - WWYP (Charleston)
Column #623 - November 9, 2014 - "Searching For Bubbe Fischer"
Column #622 - November 2, 2014 - "Mah Jongg: The Art Of The Game"
Column #621 - October 19, 2014 - The Psychology of the Slow Player (NMJL)
Column #620 - October 5, 2014 - Ticket To The Twenties
Column #619 - September 28, 2014 - Sloper in the news
Column #618 - September 14, 2014 - Looking For My Keys
Column #460 - September 7, 2014 - Words, Part 2 (pick, draw, pass, pure, neutral) (Reprise)
Column #617 - August 31, 2014 - Defense
Column #353 - August 24, 2014 - Words, Part 1 (Steal, Call) (Reprise)
Column #616 - August 17, 2014 - WWYP (NMJL)
Column #615 - August 10, 2014 - WWYP (NMJL)
Column #614 - August 3, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #613 - July 27, 2014 - What would you pass? (NMJL)
Column #612 - July 20, 2014 - What would you pass? (NMJL)
July 13, 2014 - No column (death in the family)
July 6, 2014 - No column
Column #611 - June 29, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #610 - June 22, 2014 - 1920s Bone/Bam Boxed Sets
Column #609 - June 15, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #608 - June 8, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #607 - June 1, 2014 - Defense strategy column phraseology (NMJL)
Column #606 - May 25, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #605 - May 18, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #604 - May 11, 2014 - The Most Powerful Hand On The Card (NMJL)
Column #603 - May 4, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #602 - April 27, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #601 - April 20, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #600 - April 13, 2014 - Defense (NMJL)
Column #599 - April 6, 2014 - The 2014 NMJL Card, part 2
Column #598 - March 30, 2014 - The 2014 NMJL Card, part 1

Column #597 - March 16, 2014 - Waiting For The New Card: Two Poems
Column #596 - March 9, 2014 - Words, Part 6 (Japanese)
Column #595 - February 23, 2014 - NMJL Rules Quiz, part 2
Column #594 - February 16, 2014 - Presidential Mah-Jongg
Column #593 - 2月 2日 2014年 - Defense (Chinese MCR)
Column #592 - 1月 19日 2014年 - The Year of the Horse 馬
Column #591 - January 12, 2014 - NMJL Rules Quiz, part 1
Column #590 - January 5, 2014 - Is it a rule? (NMJL)
Column #589 - December 29, 2013 - Is it a rule? (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #588 - December 15, 2013 - Is it a rule? (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #587 - December 8, 2013 - WWYD (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #586 - December 1, 2013 - Legal or Illegal? (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #585 - November 24, 2013 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #584 - November 10, 2013 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #583 - November 3, 2013 - Viewer-Unfriendly (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #582 - October 27, 2013 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #581 - October 20, 2013 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #580 - October 13, 2013 - Win By Joker Redemption (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #579 - September 29, 2013 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #578 - September 22, 2013 - WWYP (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #577 - September 1, 2013 - WWYP (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #576 - August 25, 2013 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #575 - August 18, 2013 - WWYD (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #574 - August 11, 2013 - WWYP (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #573 - August 4, 2013 - WWYP (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #572 - July 21, 2013 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #571 - July 7, 2013 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #570 - June 30, 2013 - WWYD (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #569 - June 23, 2013 - WWYP (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #568 - June 16, 2013 - WWYP (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #567 - June 2, 2013 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #566 - May 26, 2013 - WWYD (2013 NMJL Card) (Mobile)
Column #565 - May 19, 2013 - Defense (2013 NMJL Card) (Mobile)
Column #564 - Mother's Day, 2013 - WWYP (2013 NMJL Card) (Mobile)
Column #563 - Cinco De Mayo, 2013 - WWYD (2013 NMJL Card) (Mobile)
Column #562 - April 21, 2013 - Defense (2013 NMJL Card) (Mobile)
Column #561 - April 7, 2013 - WWYP (Charleston, 2013 NMJL Card) (Mobile)
Column #560 - March 31, 2013 - The 2013 NMJL Card (Mobile)

Column #559 - March 24, 2013 - Anticipation (Mobile)
Column #558 - St. Patrick's Day, 2013 - March Madness (Mobile)
Column #557 - 2013年2月24日 - WWYD (Mobile)
Column #556 - February 17, 2013 - The 2013 AMJA Card (Mobile)
Column #555 - February 3, 2013 - Of Snakes And Fives (Mobile)
Column #554 - January 20, 2013 - WWYP (Mobile)
Column #553 - January 13, 2013 - WWYD (Mobile)
Column #552 - January 6, 2013 - WWYP (Mobile)
Column #551 - December 30, 2012 - New Publications (Mobile)
Column #550 - December 23, 2012 - Concealed Kongs in MCR (Mobile)
Column #549 - December 16, 2012 - WWYD (Mobile)
Column #548 - December 2, 2012 - WWYP (Mobile)
Column #547 - November 25, 2012 - What To Look For When Buying A Set (Mobile)
Column #546 - November 18, 2012 - WWYD (Mobile)
Column #545 - November 11, 2012 - WWYP (Mobile)
Column #544 - November 4, 2012 - WWYD (Mobile)
Column #543 - October 28, 2012 - WWYP (Mobile)
Column #542 - October 21, 2012 - Phase Strategy (Mobile)
Column #541 - October 14, 2012 - WWYD (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #540 - October 7, 2012 - WWYP (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #539 - September 30, 2012 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #538 - September 23, 2012 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #537 - September 16, 2012 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #536 - September 9, 2012 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #535 - September 2, 2012 - Defense (NMJL) (Mobile)
Column #534 - August 26, 2012 - What If Everybody Wants To Blind Pass? (Mobile)
Column #533 - August 19, 2012 - Trump's The Game (Mobile)
Column #532 - August 12, 2012 - The 3-Player Charleston (Mobile)
Column #531 - August 5, 2012 - Defense (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #530 - July 29, 2012 - Defense (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #529 - July 22, 2012 - Defense (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #528 - July 15, 2012 - WWYD (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #527 - July 8, 2012 - WWYP (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #526 - July 1, 2012 - Defense (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #525 - June 24, 2012 - WWYD (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #524 - June 17, 2012 - WWYP (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #523 - June 10, 2012 - Defense (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #522 - June 3, 2012 - WWYD (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile)
Column #521 - May 27, 2012 - Project Mah Jongg @ Skirball Cultural Center (Mobile)
Column #520 - 5/20, 2012: WWYP (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile-friendly link)
Column #519 - May 13, 2012: Defense (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile-friendly link)
Column #518 - May 6, 2012: WWYD (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile-friendly link)
Column #517 - April 29, 2012: WWYP (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile-friendly link)
Column #516 - April 22, 2012: Defense (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile-friendly link)
Column #515 - April 15, 2012: WWYD (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile-friendly link)
Column #514 - April 8, 2012: WWYP (2012 NMJL card) (Mobile-friendly link)

April Fool's Day, 2012 - Column #513 Hot Wall / Cold Wall (American)
March 25, 2012 - Column #512 Charleston (2011 NMJL card); Rules vs. Strategic Principles
March 18, 2012 - Column #511 Mah Jongg Madness (American)
March Forth, 2012 - Column #510 Defense (2011 NMJL card)
February 26, 2012 - Column #509 Flowers & Jokers
February 19, 2012 - Column #508 Defense (American)
February 12, 2012 - Column #507 Anatomy of a Hand (cont'd)
February 5, 2012 - Column #506 Anatomy of a Hand (2011 NMJL card)
January 29, 2012 - Column #505 The 2012 Marvelous card (American)
January 22, 2012 - Column #504 Organizing the Hand (American)
January 15, 2012 - Column #503 Chinese New Year
January 8, 2012 - Column #502 What's in a Word, part 5
January 1, 2012 - Column #501 Eight Tips for New Players (American)
December 25, 2011 - Column #500! Seven Myths Debunked (American)
October 23, 2011 - Column #499. Indecision (American)
September 4, 2011 - Column #498. WWYP (American)
August 28, 2011 - Column #497. Redemption win (American)
August 21, 2011 - Column #496. Defense (American)
August 14, 2011 - Column #495. WWYD (American)
August 7, 2011 - Column #494. 2nd Charleston, part 2
July 3, 2011 - Column #493. 2nd Charleston (American)
June 19, 2011 - Column #492. The Big Square
June 12, 2011 - Column #491. Defense
June 5, 2011 - Column #490. WWYD
May 29, 2011 - Column #489. WWYP
May 22, 2011 - Column #488. Defense
May 8, 2011 - Column #487. WWYD
May 1, 2011 - Column #486. WWYP
April 24, 2011 - Column #485. Defense
April 17, 2011 - Column #484. WWYD
April 10, 2011 - Column #483. WWYP
April 3, 2011 - Column #482. The 2011 NMJL card

March 13, 2011 - Column #481. More pickiness
February 20, 2011 - Column #480. Picky, picky, picky!
2011年1月30日 - Column #479. Chinese New Year
January 2, 2011 - Column #478. American - Defense
December 26, 2010 - Column #477. What's In a Word, Part 4
December 19, 2010 - Column #476. American - Heavenly Hand
December 5, 2010 - Column #475. American - Defense
November 28, 2010 - Column #474. American - Defense
November 14, 2010 - Column #473. American - Misnaming 2; Defense
October 31, 2010 - Column #472. American - Misnaming 1
October 17, 2010 - Column #471. American - Defense
10/10/10 - Column #470. American - Defense
October 3, 2010 - Column #469. American - Defense
September 26, 2010 - Column #468. American - Defense
September 19, 2010 - Column #467. American - Information; Paying Attention
September 12, 2010 - Column #466. Mah Jongg Photography
September 5, 2010 - Column #465. American - Tournament Kvetching
August 29, 2010 - Column #464. Carol Kaiserman; 2010 WMC
August 22, 2010 - Column #463. Words, Part 3
August 8, 2010 - Column #462. American - Defense
August 1, 2010 - Column #461. American - Defense
July 25, 2010 - Column #460. Words, Part 2
July 18, 2010 - Column #459. American - Defense
4th of July, 2010 - Column #458. American - The Window of Opportunity, v1.0
June 27, 2010 - Column #457. American - Defense
June 20, 2010 - Column #456. American - Defense
June 13, 2010 - Column #455. American - Defense
June 6, 2010 - Column #454. American - Defense
May 30, 2010 - Column #453. Ningbo, China
May 23, 2010 - Column #452. American - Defense
May 16, 2010 - Column #451. American - Defense
May 9, 2010 - Column #450. American - Defense
May 2, 2010 - Column #449. American - WWYD
April 25, 2010 - Column #448. American
April 18, 2010 - Column #447. American (NMJL 2010)
April 11, 2010 - Column #446. American (NMJL 2010)
April 4, 2010 - Column #445. American (NMJL 2010)
March 28, 2010 - Column #444. NMJL 2010 Card

March 14, 2010 - Column #443. Reach Mahjong
February 28, 2010 - Column #442. AMJA 2010 Card
2/22/2010 - Column #441. Marvelous Mah Jongg II
Valentine's Day, Year of the Tiger - Column #440. Marvelous Mah Jongg I
2010年2月7日 - Column #439. Chinese New Year
2010年1月31日 - Column #438. Washizu (Clear Tiles)
January 24, 2010 - Column #437. American - Cheating
January 17, 2010 - Column #436. American - Charleston
January 10, 2010 - Column #435. NMJL 2010 Bulletin
December 27, 2009 - Column #434. Mahjong Museum For Sale
December 6, 2009 - Column #433. American - WWYP
November 22, 2009 - Column #432. American - Defense
November 15, 2009 - Column #431. American - Charleston #s
November 8, 2009 - Column #430. Japanese
November 1, 2009 - Column #429. American - WWYP
October 18, 2009 - Column #428. American - Defense
October 11, 2009 - Column #427. American - WWYP
October 4, 2009 - Column #426. American - WWYD
September 27, 2009 - Column #425. Japanese
September 20, 2009 - Column #424. American - Charleston
September 13, 2009 - Column #423. American - Joker Bait
September 6, 2009 - Column #422. Japanese
August 30, 2009 - Column #421. American - WWYP
August 23, 2009 - Column #420. American - WWYD
August 16, 2009 - Column #419. American - Defense
August 9, 2009 - Column #418. American - Charleston
August 2, 2009 - Column #417. American - WWYP
July 26, 2009 - Column #416. American - Yelda 2
July 19, 2009 - Column #415. American - Tale of an Error 2
July 12, 2009 - Column #414. American - Tale of an Error 1
July 5, 2009 - Column #413. American - Joker Redemption
June 28, 2009 - Column #412. Cheating
June 21, 2009 - Column #411. American (NMJL) - WWYD
June 14, 2009 - Column #410. American (NMJL) - Defense
June 7, 2009 - Column #409. American (NMJL) - WWYP
May 31, 2009 - Column #408. American (NMJL) - WWYD
May 24, 2009 - Column #407. American (NMJL) - Defense
May 17, 2009 - Column #406. American (NMJL) - WWYP
May 10, 2009 - Column #405. American (NMJL) - WWYD
May 3, 2009 - Column #404. American (NMJL) - Claim Conflicts
April 26, 2009 - Column #403. American (NMJL) - Dice Prevent Cheating
April 19, 2009 - Column #402. American (2009 NMJL card) - Defense
April 12, 2009 - Column #401. American (2009 NMJL card) - WWYP
April 5, 2009 - Column #400. American (2009 NMJL card)

March 29, 2009 - Column #399. Mumbai-Style
March 22, 2009 - Column #398. Kong Few Shun
March 15, 2009 - Column #397. Kong Few Shun
March 8, 2009 - Column #396. British/Western MJ
January 26, 2009 - Column #395. Chinese New Year
January 18, 2009 - Column #394. Breaking News (American & Japanese)
January 4, 2009 - Column #393. American (NMJL)
December 28, 2008 - Column #392. Mystery Hands
December 14, 2008 - Column #391. American (NMJL)
December 7, 2008 - Column #390. Chinese Official (MCR)
November 30, 2008 - Column #389. Japanese
November 23, 2008 - Column #388. Mystery hand
November 16, 2008 - Column #387. American (NMJL) - Yelda
November 9, 2008 - Column #386. Making Stickers
October 26, 2008 - Column #385. American (NMJL)
October 12, 2008 - Column #384. American (NMJL)
October 5, 2008 - Column #383. American (NMJL)
September 28, 2008 - Column #382. American (NMJL)
September 21, 2008 - Column #381. Japanese
September 14, 2008 - Column #380. Japanese
August 31, 2008 - Column #379. American (NMJL)
August 24, 2008 - Column #378. Tournaments
August 17, 2008 - Column #377. American (NMJL)
August 10, 2008 - Column #376. World Series
August 3, 2008 - Column #375. American (NMJL) - Slow Player
July 27, 2008 - Column #374. Japanese (Kajimoto's Discard Quiz)
July 20, 2008 - Column #373. American (NMJL)
July 13, 2008 - Column #372. American (NMJL)
July 6, 2008 - Column #371. Japanese
June 29, 2008 - Column #370. American (NMJL)
June 22, 2008 - Column #369. American (NMJL)
Father's Day, 2008 - Column #368. American (NMJL)
June 8, 2008 - Column #367. Kindai Majan
June 1, 2008 - Column #366. American (NMJL rules)
May 25, 2008 - Column #365. American (NMJL rules)
May 18, 2008 - Column #364. American (NMJL rules)
May 11, 2008 - Column #363. Mahjong Competition Rules (MCR)
May 4, 2008 - Column #362. American
April 27, 2008 - Column #361. American
April 20, 2008 - Column #360. American
April 13, 2008 - Column #359. American
April 6, 2008 - Column #358. American
March 30, 2008 - Column #357. American (2008 NMJL card)

March 16, 2008 - Column #356. Notation
March 2, 2008 - Column #355. American
February 24, 2008 - Column #354. "Player's Choice"
February 17, 2008 - Column #353. Words (American)
February 10, 2008 - Column #352. Mahjong Competition Rules ("CO")
February 3, 2008 - Column #351. Mahjong Competition Rules
January 27, 2008 - Column #350. American (2007 NMJL card)
January 20, 2008 - Column #349. American (NMJL rules)
January 13, 2008 - Column #348. American (2008 AMJA card)
January 6, 2008 - Column #347. American (2007 NMJL card)

December 30, 2007 - Column #346. Mahjong Competition Rules
December 23, 2007 - Column #345. American
November 18, 2007 - Column #344. American
November 11, 2007 - Column #343. Mahjong Competition Rules
November 4, 2007 - Column #342. Mahjong Competition Rules
October 28, 2007 - Column #341. Mahjong Competition Rules
October 21, 2007 - Column #340. Mahjong Competition Rules
October 14, 2007 - Column #339. Mahjong Competition Rules
October 7, 2007 - Column #338. Mahjong Competition Rules
September 30, 2007 - Column #337. American
September 23, 2007 - Column #336. Mahjong Competition Rules
September 9, 2007 - Column #335. Mahjong Competition Rules
September 2, 2007 - Column #334. American
August 26, 2007 - Column #333. Mahjong Competition Rules
2007年8月19日 - Column #332. Japanese
August 12, 2007 - Column #331. American
2007年8月5日 - Column #330. Japanese
July 29, 2007 - Column #329. American
July 22, 2007 - Column #328. Mahjong Competition Rules
July 15, 2007 - Column #327. American
07/07/07 - Column #326. American
July 1, 2007 - Column #325. Mahjong Competition Rules - The Cheater
June 24, 2007 - Column #324. Mahjong Competition Rules
June 17, 2007 - Column #323. Mahjong Competition Rules
June 10, 2007 - Column #322. Mahjong Competition Rules
June 3, 2007 - Column #321. Mahjong Competition Rules
May 27, 2007 - Column #320. American
May 20, 2007 - Column #319. American
May 13, 2007 - Column #318. Asian Strategy
May 6, 2007 - Column #317. American
April 29, 2007 - Column #316. American
April 22, 2007 - Column #315. Taiwanese
April 15, 2007 - Column #314. American
April 8, 2007 - Column #313. American
April 1, 2007 - Column #312. American (2007 card)

March 25, 2007 - Column #311. American Flowers/Jokers
March 18, 2007 - Column #310. American
March 11, 2007 - Column #309. Elaine Sandberg Interview 2
March 4, 2007 - Column #308. Elaine Sandberg Interview 1
February 25, 2007 - Column #307. Mahjong Competition Rules
February 18, Year Of The Pig - Column #306. Universal interest
February 11, 2007 - Column #305. American
February 4, 2007 - Column #304. Elaine Sandberg's Book
January 28, 2007 - Column #303. Mahjong Competition Rules
January 21, 2007 - Column #302. Mahjong Competition Rules
January 14, 2007 - Column #301. American
January 7, 2007 - Column #300. American
December 31, 2006 - Column #299. Chinese Classical & HKOS
December 24, 2006 - Column #298. American
2006年12月17日 - Column #297. Japanese
December 10, 2006 - Column #296. Mahjong Competition Rules ("Chinese Official")
December 3, 2006 - Column #295. American
November 26, 2006 - Column #294. American
November 19, 2006 - Column #293. Mahjong Competition Rules ("Chinese Official")
November 12, 2006 - Column #292. American
November 5, 2006 - Column #291. American
October 29, 2006 - Column #290. Chinese Official ("Mahjong Competition Rules")
October 22, 2006 - Column #289. Chinese Official ("Mahjong Competition Rules")
October 15, 2006 - Column #288. Chinese Official
October 8, 2006 - Column #287. Chinese Official
October 1, 2006 - Column #286. Chinese Official
September 24, 2006 - Column #285. American
September 17, 2006 - Column #284. American
2006年9月10日 - Column #283. Japanese
September 3, 2006 - Column #282. American
August 27, 2006 - Column #281. Chinese Official
August 20, 2006 - Column #280. American
August 13, 2006 - Column #279. American
August 6, 2006 - Column #278. Chinese Official
July 30, 2006 - Column #277. Western Style
July 23, 2006 - Column #276. American
July 16, 2006 - Column #275. American
July 9, 2006 - Column #274. Chinese Official
July 2, 2006 - Column #273. American
June 25, 2006 - Column #272. American
June 18, 2006 - Column #271. Chinese Official
June 11, 2006 - Column #270. American
June 4, 2006 - Column #269. American
May 28, 2006 - Column #268. Chinese Official
May 21, 2006 - Column #267. American
May 14, 2006 - Column #266. American
May 7, 2006 - Column #265. Chinese Official
April 30, 2006 - Column #264. American
April 23, 2006 - Column #263. American
April 16, 2006 - Column #262. Chinese Official
April 9, 2006 - Column #261. American
April 2, 2006 - Column #260. American (2006 NMJL card)

March 26, 2006 - Column #259. Chinese Official
March 19, 2006 - Column #258. American
2006年3月12日 - Column #257. Japanese
March 5, 2006 - Column #256. American
February 26, 2006 - Column #255. Chinese Official
February 19, Year of the Dog - Column #254. American
February 12, Year of the Dog - Column #253. Chinese Official
February 5, Year of the Dog - Column #252. American
January 29, Year of the Dog - Column #251. Chinese
January 22, 2006 - Column #250. American
January 15, 2006 - Column #249. American
January 8, 2006 - Column #248. Chinese Official
January 1, 2006 - Column #247. American
December 25, 2005 - Column #246. Chinese Official
December 18, 2005 - Column #245. American
December 11, 2005 - Column #244. Chinese Official
December 4, 2005 - Column #243. American
November 27, 2005 - Column #242. Chinese Official
November 20, 2005 - Column #241. Japanese
November 13, 2005 - Column #240. Chinese Official
November 6, 2005 - Column #239. American
October 30, 2005 - Column #238. Chinese Official
October 23, 2005 - Column #237. Chinese Official
October 16, 2005 - Column #236. CO/JP/AM
October 9, 2005 - Column #235. Chinese Official
October 2, 2005 - Column #234. American
September 25, 2005 - Column #233. Chinese Official
September 18, 2005 - Column #232. American
September 11, 2005 - Column #231. Hong Kong
September 4, 2005 - Column #230. American
August 28, 2005 - Column #229. Chinese Official
August 21, 2005 - Column #228. Japanese
August 14, 2005 - Column #227. American
August 7, 2005 - Column #226. Chinese Official
July 31, 2005 - Column #225. Japanese
July 24, 2005 - Column #224. American
July 17, 2005 - Column #223. Chinese Official
July 10, 2005 - Column #222. Japanese
July 3, 2005 - Column #221. American
June 26, 2005 - Column #220. Chinese Official
June 19, 2005 - Column #219. Chinese Official
June 12, 2005 - Column #218. Japanese
June 4, 2005 - Column #217. Chinese Official
May 29, 2005 - Column #216. American
May 22, 2005 - Column #215. Japanese
May 15, 2005 - Column #214. Chinese Official
May 8, 2005 - Column #213. American
May 1, 2005 - Column #212. Japanese
April 24, 2005 - Column #211. Chinese Official
April 17, 2005 - Column #210. American (2005 NMJL card)

April 10, 2005 - Column #209. Japanese
April 3, 2005 - Column #208. Chinese Official
March 27, 2005 - Column #207. American (2004 NMJL card)
March 20, 2005 - Column #206. Japanese
March 13, 2005 - Column #205. Chinese Official
March 6, 2005 - Column #204. American
February 27, 2005 - Column #203. Japanese
February 20, 2005 - Column #202. Chinese Official
February 13, 2005 - Column #201. American (2004 NMJL card)
February 6, 2005 - Column #200. Japanese
January 30, 2005 - Column #199. Chinese Official
January 23, 2005 - Column #198. American (2005 AMJA card)
January 16, 2005 - Column #197. Japanese
January 9, 2005 - Column #196. Chinese Official
January 2, 2005 - Column #195. American (2004 NMJL card)
December 26, 2004 - Column #194. Japanese
December 19, 2004 - Column #193. Chinese Official
December 12, 2004 - Column #192. American (Riverside)
December 5, 2004 - Column #191. Japanese
November 28, 2004 - Column #190. Chinese Official
November 21, 2004 - Column #189. American
November 14, 2004 - Column #188. Japanese (Montreal)
November 7, 2004 - Column #187. Chinese Official (SF)
Halloween, 2004 - Column #186. American
October 24, 2004 - Column #185. Japanese
October 17, 2004 - Column #184. Chinese Official
October 10, 2004 - Column #183. American
October 3, 2004 - Column #182. Japanese
September 26, 2004 - Column #181. Chinese Official
September 19, 2004 - Column #180. American
September 12, 2004 - Column #179. Japanese
September 5, 2004 - Column #178. Chinese Official
August 29, 2004 - Column #177. American
August 22, 2004 - Column #176. Japanese
August 15, 2004 - Column #175. Chinese Official
August 8, 2004 - Column #174. American
August 1, 2004 - Column #173. Japanese
July 25, 2004 - Column #172. Chinese Official
July 18, 2004 - Column #171. American
Seven-Eleven, 2004 - Column #170. Japanese
4th of July, 2004 - Column #169. Chinese Official
June 27, 2004 - Column #168. American
June 20, 2004 - Column #167. Japanese
June 13, 2004 - Column #166. Chinese Official
June 6, 2004 - Column #165. American
May 30, 2004 - Column #164. Japanese
May 23, 2004 - Column #163. Chinese Official
May 16, 2004 - Column #162. American
May 9, 2004 - Column #161. Chinese Official
May 2, 2004 - Column #160. Japanese
April 25, 2004 - Column #159. American (2004 NMJL card)
April 18, 2004 - Column #158. Chinese Official
April 11, 2004 - Column #157. Japanese
April 4, 2004 - Column #156. American (2004 NMJL card)

March 28, 2004 - Column #155. American (2003 NMJL card)
March 21, 2004 - Column #154. Chinese Official
March 14, 2004 - Column #153. Japanese
March 7, 2004 - Column #152. American (2003 NMJL card)
Leap Year Day, 2004 - Column #151. Chinese Official
February 22, 2004 - Column #150. American (2003 NMJL card)
February 17, 2004***** - Column #149. Japanese
February 9, 2004 - Column #148. American (2003 NMJL card)
February 1, 2004 - Column #147. Hong Kong Old Style (HKOS)
January 25, 2004 - Column #146. American (2004 AMJA card)
January 18, 2004 - Column #145. Japanese
January 11, 2004 - Column #144. American (2003 NMJL card)
January 4, 2004 - Column #143. Chinese Official
December 28, 2003 - Column #142. American
December 21, 2003 - Column #141. Chinese Official
December 14, 2003 - Column #140. Chinese Official
December 7, 2003 - Column #139. Chinese Official
November 30, 2003 - Column #138. Chinese Official
November 30, 2003 - Column #137. Chinese Official
November 16, 2003 - Column #136. Chinese Official
November 9, 2003 - Column #135. American
November 1, 2003 - Column #134. American
October 12, 2003 - Column #133. American
October 5, 2003 - Column #132. Taiwanese (Modified)
September 28, 2003 - Column #131. American

September 21, 2003 - Column #128. American
September 21, 2003 - Column #129. Chinese Official
September 21, 2003 - Column #130. Japanese

September 14, 2003 - Column #125. American
September 14, 2003 - Column #126. Chinese Official
September 14, 2003 - Column #127. Japanese

September 7, 2003 - Column #122. American
September 7, 2003 - Column #123. Chinese Official
September 7, 2003 - Column #124. Japanese

August 31, 2003 - Column #119. American
August 31, 2003 - Column #120. Chinese Official
August 31, 2003 - Column #121. Japanese

August 24, 2003 - Column #116. American
August 24, 2003 - Column #117. Chinese Official
August 24, 2003 - Column #118. Japanese

August 17, 2003 - Column #113. American
August 17, 2003 - Column #114. Chinese Official
August 17, 2003 - Column #115. Japanese

August 10, 2003 - Column #110. American
August 10, 2003 - Column #111. Chinese Official
August 10, 2003 - Column #112. Japanese

August 3, 2003 - Column #107. American
August 3, 2003 - Column #108. Chinese Official
August 3, 2003 - Column #109. Japanese

July 27, 2003 - Column #104. American
July 27, 2003 - Column #105. Chinese Official
July 27, 2003 - Column #106. Japanese

July 20, 2003 - Column #101. American
July 20, 2003 - Column #102. Chinese Official
July 20, 2003 - Column #103. Japanese****

July 14, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #100. Chinese Official
July 13, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #99. American
July 12, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #98. Chinese Classical
July 11, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #97. American (NMJL)
July 10, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #96. Chinese Official
July 9, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #95. American (AMJA)
July 8, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #94. American (NMJL)
July 7, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #93. Chinese Official
July 6, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #92. American
July 5, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #91. Hong Kong (3 fan)
The 4th of July, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #90. American (natch!)
July 3, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #89. Chinese Official
July 2, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #88. Taiwanese
July 1, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #87. American
June 30, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #86. Chinese Official
June 29, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #85. American
June 28, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #84. Chinese Classical
June 27, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #83. American
June 26, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #82. Chinese Official
June 25, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #81. Western
June 24, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #80. American
June 23, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #79. Chinese Official
June 22, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #78. American
June 21, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #77. Hong Kong (1 fan)
June 20, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #76. American
June 19, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #75. Chinese Official
June 18, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #74. Japanese
June 17, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #73. American
June 16, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #72. Chinese Official
June 15, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #71. American
June 14, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #70. Chinese Classical
Friday the 13th, June, 2003 - Column #69. American***
June 12, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #68. Chinese Official
June 11, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #67. American (AMJA)
June 10, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #66. American***
June 9, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #65. Chinese Official
June 8, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #64. American
June 7, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #63. Hong Kong (3 fan)
June 6, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #62. American
June 5, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #61. Chinese Official
June 4, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #60. Taiwanese
June 3, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #59. American
June 2, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #58. Chinese Official
June 1, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #57. American
May 31, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #56. Chinese Classical
May 30, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #55. American
May 29, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #54. Chinese Official
May 28, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #53. Western
May 27, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #52. American
May 26, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #51. Chinese Official
May 25, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #50. American
May 24, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #49. Hong Kong (1 Fan)
May 23, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #48. American
May 22, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #47. Chinese Official
May 21, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #46. Japanese
May 20, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #45. American
May 19, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #44. Chinese Official
May 18, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #43. American
May 17, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #42. Chinese Official
May 16, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #41. American***
May 15, 2003 (Thur.) - Column #40. Chinese Official
May 14, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #39. American (AMJA)
May 13, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #38. American
May 12, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #37. Chinese Official
May 11, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #36. American
May 10, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #35. Chinese Official
May 9, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #34. American
May 8, 2003 (Thur.) - Column #33. Chinese Official
May 7, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #32. Taiwanese
May 6, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #31. "Atomic" (American)***
Cinco de Mayo, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #30. Chinese Official
May 4, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #29. American (NMJL)
May 3, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #28. Chinese Classical
May 2, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #27. American (NMJL)
May 1, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #26. Chinese Official
April 30, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #25. Western (S&E, T&M, Max R.)**
April 29, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #24. American (NMJL)
April 28, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #23. Chinese Official
April 27, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #22. American (NMJL)
April 26, 2003 (Sat.) - Column #21. Japanese
April 25, 2003 (Fri.) - Column #20. American (NMJL)
April 24, 2003 (Thurs.) - Column #19. Chinese Official
April 23, 2003 (Wed.) - Column #18. Hong Kong (3 Fan)
April 22, 2003 (Tues.) - Column #17. American (NMJL)
April 21, 2003 (Mon.) - Column #16. Chinese Official
April 20, 2003 (Sun.) - Column #15. American (NMJL) *
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* Columns written before this date didn't yet have an established format. Column #15 marks the beginning of the standard format. You don't really need to see #s 1-14.
** For more information about authors describing a particular style of mah-jongg, and for Tom Sloper's naming conventions for mah-jongg styles, see FAQ 2b.
*** Unless otherwise noted, "American" means NMJL. May 6, 2003 marked the start of a revised daily schedule, in which American and Chinese Official both are featured three times a week, with Wednesday being the day when other variants are considered.
**** Starting with column #101, the column went from daily to weekly. Actually, three weekly columns - one each week for American, Japanese, and Chinese Official mah-jongg, posted on Sundays. Then, starting September 28th, the column went to once weekly (see Column #131).
***** You can read my excuse for the lateness of column #149 here. If you really need to.


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