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By Tom Sloper
August 18, 2013

No. #575

American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). What would you discard?

1. Could go Like Nos. #1 (6 tiles+J), Like Nos. #2 (8 tiles+J), or Sevens #1 (8 tiles+J). Like Nos. #1 is the weak option, but oddly, that doesn't give you any tiles to discard. Killing Sevens is the best way to go, though (leaves two options). Discard 6C, 7C, or F.

2. Consec. #1 (8 tiles+2J), #4 (7 tiles+2J), or (long shot) #6 (8 tiles+2J). Forget the long shot. Consec. #1 is stronger. Discard 8D or 9D.

3. Consec. #2 (8 tiles) or Sevens #1 (7 tiles). You can discard 5D, a 4C, and 6C without killing either option.

4. Consec. #1 (9 tiles) or #2 (8 tiles). 4B is not needed for either option.

5. Like Nos. #1 (7 tiles+2J) or #2 (9 tiles+2J). That soap is extraneous; chuck it.

6. You have two extraneous tiles: a third five and a third nine. Discard either one.

7. Sevens #1 (7 tiles+J) or Consec. #2 (10 tiles+J). Ones and F can go. You've narrowed it down to one hand.

8. Consec. #1 (10 tiles+J) or #2 (8 tiles+J). Consec. #1 is closer, but getting the 1D to make the pair is iffy. Consec. #2 is the most powerful hand on the card, but in this case, it's understandable that you'd probably discard 6B or 7B. It would be safer, though (albeit maddening) to discard low dots instead.

9. Like Nos. #1 (7 tiles+2J) or #2 (10 tiles+2J). Clear choice. Kill the flowers.

10. W-D #1 (8 tiles+2J), #2 (8 tiles+2J), or #5 (9 tiles+2J). #5 is stronger, so get rid of dragons.

11. Consec. #5 (6 tiles+2J) or 2013 #2 (8 tiles+2J). You don't need G; 1C might want to go next.

12. Like Nos. #2; soap and 1B are both superfluous. What you really need now is 1D or J.

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