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By Tom Sloper
August 31, 2014

Column #617

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American Mah Jongg (2014 NMJL card). Defense exercises.

1. W-D #1 or #3; the hot tiles are N, S, F, G. I have underlined S and G to indicate that they're key tiles (needed to make pairs, so jokers can't be used). If a key tile is dead on the table, you have important information about the player's options (as discussed in column 607).

2. This is Odds #6; hot tiles are F 1B.

3. Consec. #2; hot tiles are 3C 5B.

4. She's making 369 #2; hot tiles are 6D 6C.

5. Consec. #2; hot tiles are 4B 5B 4C 5C. You need to watch her for clues.

6. Quints #2; 3B is very, very hot.

7. She's making 2014 #4, but she has made a fatal mistake, and you should call her dead. 2014 is not an exposable grouping.

8. Consec. #2; hot tiles are 4B 7D.

9. She's making Addition #1; 1D and F are hot.

10. Consec. #2; 2B and 5C are hot.

11. This is Consec. #6; hot tiles are 4C 4B 5B.

12. Clearly, Quints #3; flowers are hot hot hot!

13. Could be Evens #5 or W-D #6; hot tiles are 2D 8D soap F.

14. Three possibilities: Like Nos., Consec. #5, or Odds #3. Hot tiles are 9B 9C F 8D soap 5D 7D.

15. Consec. #2 or Addition #2; the hot tiles are 4B 6C F 1D 2D. She needs a single 1D and 2D; unless all four of either are dead, Addition is alive and well.

16. Odds #3; hot tiles are F 3C.

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

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