|By Tom Sloper
January 2, 2011
American Mah Jongg (2010 NMJL card). Continuing defense by the numbers.
1. Ain't nuttin' like that on this year's card.
2. Ditto. Sorry, she's dead.
3. Consec. #2, #5, or 13579 #2. Hot tiles are 1D 2D 3C 4C 4B F.
4. Consec. #3 - hot tiles are 4C R 4D soap.
5. Quints #4. 1C and R are hot.
6. No workee!
7. No sech hand.
8. 369 #1 -- hot tiles are 9D soap.
9. 369 #3 - hot tiles are 9D F.
10. Don't care what she might be thinking; she's dead.
11. There's no 369 hand in Quints.
12. That configuration doesn't exist on this card.
13. Nor that one.
14. No 3's and 8's, period. Not this year, anyway.
16. Not this neither.
17. 369 #1; hot tiles are 6C R.
18. 369 #3; hot tiles are 6C F.
19. No 369 hand in Quints.
A tip o' the hat to sharp-eyed reader Lynn Huffman.
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October 2010 article on American mah jongg's rise in popularity, from the WALL STREET JOURNAL:
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Where to order the yearly NMJL card: Read FAQ 7i.
Need rules for American mah-jongg? Tom Sloper's book, The Red Dragon & The West Wind, is the most comprehensive book in existence about the American game. AND see FAQ 19 for fine points of the American rules (and commonly misunderstood rules). AND get the official rulebook from the NMJL (see FAQ 3). Linda Fisher's website is the only website that describes American rules: http://sites.google.com/site/mahjrules/.
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