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By Tom Sloper
August 3, 2014

Column #614

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American Mah Jongg (2014 NMJL card). Defense.

1. At first one might think this is Consec. #2 or Odds #2, but it's Consec. #6. Hot tiles are 2B 1D 2D; dots are key (if either one is dead on the table, her hand is dead. Those terms unclear? See column 607).

2. Evens #4; 4D and 8C are hot.

3. Quints #1; 2D and 4D are hot; 2D is key.

4. Consec. #5; F and G are hot; G is key.

5. Consec. #2; 5D and 8C are hot.

6. Consec. #1 or Consec. #2. Hot tiles are 5D 6D 7D, and sixes/sevens in the other two suits. 5D and 6D are key; if either is dead, she can't make Consec. #1. Watch her body language for clues.

7. 2014 #3 or W-D #6; R, G, twos, ones, and fours are hot. If a one or a four is dead, that's important information. Watch her body language.

8. Consec. #5. F and R are hot; R is key. Keep an eye on her body language.

9. W-D #3. W and G are hot; G is key.

10. Odds #6; F and 9D are hot. F is key.

11. Like Nos. or 369 #3. Hot tiles are F 3D 6D 9D; dots are all key. If 3D goes dead, she's dead.

12. Like Nos. or Consec. #5. Hot tiles are 8D 8C 7B 9B and G. Eights and G are key. If one of them is dead, you can eliminate a possibility.

13. Quints #3. Winds are hot. Kill your hand if you pick a wind. Seriously! And watch your other opponents' body language - if the wind goes out of an opponent's sails after a pick, you know she picked a wind tile.

14. Odds #2 or Consec. #2. Hot tiles are 5B 6B 7D 8D. There are no keys.

A tip o' the Sloper hat to sharp-eyed readers Karen R. and Michael!

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