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By Tom Sloper
August 11, 2013

No. #574

American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). Second left. What would you pass?

1. Like Numbers or Sevens #1. 2D E and 5C can go.

2. High Consec., but no specific hand. Lows can go, but hang onto that dragon for now.

3. Sevens #1 or Consec. #2. Anything to the right of 5C can go. Keep 5B for now, I guess.

4. Consec. #2 is strong with this one. Keep the low dots, pass winds (I just love saying that) and craks. (Guess I could have said "crak winds" instead of "pass winds.")

5. Like Numbers or Sevens. 2B 4B W can go across.

6. Looking very Consec. G 2C 3B can go.

7. Sevens or Consec. #2. 5B N W can go.

8. Consec. #1 or #2. 5C 6C E can go.

9. N W 5B are the obvious candidates for last rites. (Intentionally punny spelling; it's time for the "last right.")

10. Nothing useful gained; pass 6C 9C E.

11. Same old stuff; pass 2B 4B W.

12. Get rid of G 3B 2C.

Hand #9 belongs to our player #1 from last week's column. She offers two across (2C 3B). Player #3 (hand #11) gives back 9C E. Player #2 (this week's hand #10) offers three across (5C N W) but player #4 says "just one." The players trade Ws, acknowledging the irony. As play begins, then, this is what our group is holding:

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