|By Tom Sloper
July 7, 2013
American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). Defense. What would you do if you saw these on an opponent's rack?
1. Odds #4. The pairs might be 5B, 9B, 5C, or 9C. You can't tell from these exposures which way she's making it, so you should look for clues. Soaps are also hot, of course.
2. The only hand this could be is Consec. #6; a concealed hand. Call her dead. And yes, you should do so; removing a player increases your chances.
4. This can't be Consec. #2, or anything in Odds. Call her dead.
5. There's no such hand. Tell her she's dead.
6. Consec. #6 is a concealed hand; she's dead.
8. Call her dead. Don't see it? Look at the card and figure it out. This is one of those years.
9. Like Nos. #2 is a concealed hand this year. Dead.
10. No such hand.
11. Consec. #2; hot tiles are 3C 4C 3D 4D.
12. Odds #2; hot tiles are 3B 5B 3D 5D.
13. No such hand.
15. Odds #2; 3C and 3D are hot.
16. W-D #3; it would be a mistake to discard 1B or S.
17. No such hand.
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