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By Tom Sloper
October 11, 2015

Column #644

American Mah Jongg (2015 NMJL card). Defense.

1. Consecutive numbers usually means a hand in Consec. - and a consecutive pung-kong combo usually means the most powerful hand on the card: Consec. #5. No exception here. The hot tiles are threes and fours in the other two suits. Watch for clues.

2. Consecutive numbers, but this time it's Consec. #1. The hot tiles are 1D 2D 5D. 1D and 5D are key tiles.

3. Consecutive numbers, two possibilities this time: #2 and #6. The hot tiles are F 2D 3D 4D 7D. The low dots are all key tiles. Keep those eyes peeled!

4. Consec. #5; fives and sixes in the other two suits are hot.

5. This is 369 #2. Hot tiles are 6C 9B.

6. This is a Sevens hand (#1). Hot: 6D (key) and F.

7. Looking in Odds? Don't; this is 2015 #2. Hot tiles are F and 2015 in craks.

8. Threes and sevens, pungs, one suit. This is a real hand; Odds #1. Hot tiles are 1C 5C 9C. 1C and 9C are key tiles.

9. If the 6D set was a pung, this could be a Consec. hand, but it's not. This is 369 #2 or #4. Hot: 3B F 3D and 6C. F is a weak key.

10. A quint hand with flowers, eh? There's only one: #4. Hot tiles are 4B and 6B.

11. Could be W-D #6. Or could be 2015 #4. Hot: R and G, and twos, ones, and fives in all suits. Watch the discards floor for dragon key) clues.

12. Threes and sevens, kongs, two suits. Can only be Sevens #3; hot tiles are F and 4D (4D is key).

13. Consec. #5. Hot: ones, twos, fives, sixes in the other two suits. Hmm, then again, consider Quints #1; hot tiles are 2C 5C (2C is key).

With thanx to sharp-eyed reader Belinda.

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