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By Tom Sloper
October 20, 2013

No. #581

American Mah Jongg (2013 NMJL card). Defense problems.

1. Consec. #2; the hot tiles are 5B 6B 5D 6D.

2. Odds #4; hard to tell which way, though. 7C is hot, but which suit are the 5s and 9s? 5B 9B 5C and 9C are key tiles. If any one is dead (if you see more than two of any of those tiles already exposed or discarded), then you know which way she has to be going.

3. Odds #2; the hot tiles are 5C 7C 5B 7B.

4. W-D #4. Don't throw that last 8D (nor E, of course).

5. Consec. #2; the hot tiles are 6B 7B 6D 7D.

6. Call her dead. Like Numbers #2 is a concealed hand.

7. 369 #1; the hot tiles are 3C 6C F. 6C and F are key.

8. W-D #3; 9D and N are hot hot hot.

9. 2013 #1; the hot tiles are N, E, and 2013 in all suits.

10. 2013 #2 or Consec. #5; 1D 2D 3D Wh and F are all hot; 2D and F are hot for both hands.

11. Consec. #3; the hot tiles are F and Wh.

12. Like Nos. #1; the hot tiles are F and 1D.

13. Odds #3; the hot tiles are F 3D (and 3D is key).

14. Sevens #1; the hot tiles are 6D and F (6D is key).

15. Odds #5; the hot tiles are 3s, 5s, and 7s in the other two suits (and all are key tiles; if any cannot be paired, you know which way she must be going).

16. Consec. #3; the hot tiles are G F (G is key).

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