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By Tom Sloper

September 19, 2004

Column #180 American mah-jongg (2004 NMJL card).

Starting the Charleston, what do you pass right?

Second across. What do you pass?

On the third turn, you pick F. What do you discard?

You picked a second 7C. What do you discard?

8C came back. What do you discard?

Four Fs and three Rs. What do you discard now?

Got another 9C. Decision time!

1. There are only a few hands on the card that can use both of your pairs: 2004 #2, Consecutives #4, Odds #4/5, and 369 #1. Get rid of anything that doesn't go with those hands. Your possible discards are 2B, 8B, 4D, E. Pick any three.
2. The classic "second across" dilemma. Gotta pass three but only two expendable. You have to kill either Consecutives #4, Odds #4 or Odds #5. Solution? 7C and 9C are useful for two hands. Discard 1C or 3C.
3. This is very good for Consecutives #4 (using the threes and the two). You no longer care about the 8C.
4. This is a toughie. The two hands are even. But guess what, one is worth more than the other. Why not go for Odds #5 at this point. Discard 2C.
5. Don't get rid of the flower or the 8 just yet. Consecutives #4 just got a new lease on life. Throw 3C.
6. It's either Consecutives #4 or Odds #5. Count.
Con.#4 (25) -
Odd.#5 (30) -
The Consecutives hand is closer and easier to get. But both hands need only two Rs. Throw R.
7. Same two hands. Count again.
Con.#4 (25) -
Odd.#5 (30) -
Consecutives requires you to throw 5C. Odds requires you to throw 8C. They're even. Why not go for the 30.

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