|By Tom Sloper
July 20, 2014
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American Mah Jongg (2014 NMJL card). Charleston exercises.
1. Would you go for S&P #2 with this? I don't think I would (only one pair). Consec. #1 seems doable, if another 1C or 2C comes in; Odds (something in 1-3-5) seems more likely. Pass E W and... what? I'd probably pass 2C or 4C. If you like S&P, pass 3B or 3D.
2. Would you go for S&P #7 with this? Tempting! But besides S and 3B, what else can you pass? Probably F, since chances are you could get another.
3. Would you go for S&P #4 with this? Why not! Pass 3B 7D G, and prepare to stop the Charleston. Alternatively, you could go for Evens (same pass).
4. You should probably go for S&P #1 with this, over Odds or Like Nos. But you have to pass three. Pass 5C 9D and break up either wind pair - you could well get it back.
5. Whether or not you want to go for S&P #6, pass 2B 8D and F.
6. How very odd! Does this suggest S&P #3 to you? Pass 5D 6D 9D; you still retain the Odds #1 option.
7. Pass 1B 3C N, going for S&P #5. J is a problem!
8. S&P #6; a quandary! Must pass three, and can't pass J. Must break up pairs; pass 6B 6D 9C.
9. Obviously S&P #3, but those darn jokers won't let you. Pass 3C 8B 3D and go for Odds #1 instead.
10. A great start for S&P #5, except for the sixes and J, and absence of any Fs. Pass 6D pair and flip a coin on breaking up a four or five pair. Like Nos. is a fallback.
11. Could go S&P #2, but need flowers. Pass G S 3C.
12. Great start for S&P #7, but not enough tiles to pass. Can't pass J - can only pass 3B, right? May have to pass F and one of the dots, too!
13. Three jokers; it'd be foolhardy to go S&P. Pick an Evens hand, like #2, or #3; pass accordingly.
Thanks to sharp-eyed reader Lori P!
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