|By Tom Sloper
November 10, 2013
American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). Defense puzzles.
1. Consec. #3. The hot tiles are F and soap. Soap is key. That means that she needs a pair, and can't use jokers. So if more than two soaps are visible on the table, soaps are dead and she can't make the hand.
2. Consec. #5. Hot tiles are 4D 7D and F. F is key.
3. Like Nos. #1. Hot tiles are 5B F; F is key.
4. It's not 13579 (Odds); it's Consec., either #2 or #5. Hot tiles are 4D 6B 6C F. Watch for clues.
5. Easy: evens #4. Hot tiles are 2D 6C.
6. Not Evens; there are no kongs of sixes in Evens. It's Consec. #2 or #5. Hot tiles are 5D 7B 7C F.
7. Odds #3. Hot tiles are F 7C. 7C is key.
8. 369 #4. Hot tiles are 3B F; F is key.
9. 369 #2 or #4. Hot tiles are 3D 6C 3B F; F is key.
10. Consec. #2 or #5, or Odds #2. Hot tiles are F 8B 5D 6D 7C 8C.
11. Consec. #5 or Consec. #2. Hot: 4D 6B 6C F.
12. This is Consec. #5. Hot tiles are 5B 8B F.
13. Sevens #2. Hot tiles are 5D F. 5D is key.
14. Consec. #5. Hot tiles are 6C 9C F.
15. Consec. #2. Hot tiles are R F. R is key.
16. Consec. #4: eights are hot. Check her lifesigns.
17. Could be Odds #3 or Consec. #3. Watch for clues.
18. Like Nos. #1 or 369 #3. Hot: F 3C 6C 9C.
Thanx to sharp-eyed readers: Dennis for spotting a typo, and Lori for correcting an error.
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