|By Tom Sloper
July 18, 2010
American Mah Jongg (2010 NMJL card). Continuing defense by the numbers with the 2010 card.
1. 13579 has no hand like this.
2. Probably no card has ever had a hand like this.
3. Some years there's a 1-9 hand, but not on this year's card. Not in one suit, and not in two suits.
4. Like Numbers #2 or Consec. #3. Hot tiles are 1C, 1D , soap, 2C, 3B.
5. She's dead.
6. No such hand.
7. Kong of zeroes with kong of ones? Nope. Call her dead. No hand uses a kong of ones and a dragon kong.
8. There is no such hand as this one either.
9. Could be Like Numbers #1 or Consec. #4 or 13579 #5. The hot tiles are 1D 1B 2C R 3C 5C.
10. She can safely be called dead.
11. You may call her dead.
12. This one also is no good.
13. She is making Quints #1. 3D is hot.
14. She is mistaken. Call her dead.
15. She's making Quints #3. Whatever you do, don't discard any flowers.
16. Whatever you do, call her dead.
17. This one is no good, in two suits or one.
18. There is no hand that can use a quint of ones and a kong of threes. She's dead.
A tip of the hat to sharp-eyed reader Sarah Cohen!
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