|By Tom Sloper
July 21, 2013
American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). Defense exercises.
1. Like Nos. #2 is a concealed hand. Call her dead.
2. W-D #3. Hot tiles are N and S.
3. 2013 #1 is the only possible hand she could be making. Winds and the makings of 2013s are hot.
4. If she has discarded since exposing these, call her dead. 2013 is not a legally exposable grouping.
5. No such hand. Call her dead.
6. Like Nos. #2 is still a concealed hand. She's dead.
7. Consec. #1 or #2. Watch to see if 1C or 5C are dead or go dead. If either of those tiles goes dead, she's working on #2.
8. Evens #4. Non-dot sixes and eights are hot.
9. Consec. #2. 3D and 4B are hot.
10. There's no such hand. Call her dead.
11. Evens #4. Hot tiles are 4B and 6C.
12. She can't be making Like Nos. #2 (that's a concealed hand). So: Odds #2. 1B and 5D are hot.
13. Consec. #2. Hot tiles are ones, twos, fives, and sixes in the other two suits. Hope for clues.
14. Odds #1 or Odds #2. Hot tiles are 1D 7D 9D (first option) 1C 3C 1B 3B (second option). If 1D or 9D is dead (or goes dead), she still has Odds #2 as a fallback.
15. Consec. #2. Hot tiles are 4B 5C.
16. 369 #2. Hot tiles are 6B 9B 6C 9C.
17. Odds #4. Hot tiles are 1B 3B 5B 1C 5C. If the ones and fives in either suit go dead, she's dead.
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