|By Tom Sloper
June 29, 2014
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American Mah Jongg (2014 NMJL card). How would you defend against these exposures?
1. Consec. #5; hot tiles are soap and F. Soap is key.
2. Addition #3; hot tiles are F 1D 3D; dots are key.
3. Quints #1; 2D and 3D are hot; 2D is key.
4. Consec. #6; hot tiles are 2C 2D 3D; dots are key.
5. 2014 #3, or Like Nos., or Consec. #5. Lots of hot tiles: soap, 1C 4C 3C R 2D 2B. All but soap and 3C are key to determining which way she's going.
6. Consec. #2, most powerful hand on the card. Hot tiles are 2B 3D.
7. W-D #2; hot tiles are N and R. R is key.
8. Quints #4; green is hot.
9. Consec. #3; all twos are hot. If any two is dead on the table, her hand is dead.
10. Consec. #2, the most powerful hand on the card. Hot tiles are 1D 3B.
11. 369 #2; threes and sixes in the other suits are hot. Watch what she discards.
12. Odds #2; sevens and nines in the other suits are hot. Watch what she discards.
13. Consec. #5; hot tiles are F and G. Green is key.
14. 2014 #1 or W-D #2; hot tiles are F R E W and 2014 in all suits (all but flowers are key).
15. Evens #2; hot tiles are 4D 8B 8C (all key).
16. Three possibilities: Like Nos., Addition #3, or Consec. #5. Lots of hot tiles: 6D 6B 5C R, sevens in all suits, and 13 in all suits.
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