|By Tom Sloper
August 11, 2013
American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). Second left. What would you pass?
1. Like Numbers or Sevens #1. 2D E and 5C can go.
2. High Consec., but no specific hand. Lows can go, but hang onto that dragon for now.
3. Sevens #1 or Consec. #2. Anything to the right of 5C can go. Keep 5B for now, I guess.
4. Consec. #2 is strong with this one. Keep the low dots, pass winds (I just love saying that) and craks. (Guess I could have said "crak winds" instead of "pass winds.")
5. Like Numbers or Sevens. 2B 4B W can go across.
6. Looking very Consec. G 2C 3B can go.
7. Sevens or Consec. #2. 5B N W can go.
8. Consec. #1 or #2. 5C 6C E can go.
9. N W 5B are the obvious candidates for last rites. (Intentionally punny spelling; it's time for the "last right.")
10. Nothing useful gained; pass 6C 9C E.
11. Same old stuff; pass 2B 4B W.
12. Get rid of G 3B 2C.
Hand #9 belongs to our player #1 from last week's column. She offers two across (2C 3B). Player #3 (hand #11) gives back 9C E. Player #2 (this week's hand #10) offers three across (5C N W) but player #4 says "just one." The players trade Ws, acknowledging the irony. As play begins, then, this is what our group is holding:
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