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By Tom Sloper
July 16, 2017

Column #682

American Mah Jongg (2017 NMJL card). What would you discard?

1. You've collected low numbers and it's time to make a decision. Consec #4 (7 tiles), #3 (7 tiles), or #6 (6 tiles). You don't need 3C for anything, really, do you?

2. Consec #2 versus Consec #5. Just count: 8 tiles towards the former, 9 tiles towards the latter. Discard a dot.

3. Evens? Like Numbers? Consec? S&P? Keep it simple. Ditch G or a nine.

4. High odds, with no fives. That's awkward! Odds #3 is not your strongest option, so discard G.

5. Consec #2 (6 tiles), #3 (6 tiles), #4 (7 tiles), #6 (6 tiles). One of the disposable tiles is 9B, so let's go with that one.

6. S&P #4 isn't working out, so head back to Evens. Green can go (the dragon to keep for Evens #5 is R). Not that that's the only alternative; there are several (none particularly appetizing).

7. LN #1 (7 tiles), LN #2 (6 tiles), Thirteens #3 (7 tiles), 369 #2 (6 tiles)... and other stuff. 6C can go.

8. Six tiles for Odds #6. Seven tiles for Odds #3. Six tiles for LN #1. Five tiles for W-D #6. 5B and R and soap aren't helping; ditch R now, 5B next.

9. Consec #1 (5 tiles), Consec #3 (5 tiles), Consec #4 (6 tiles), Consec #6 (7 tiles), Odds #2 (5 tiles). Evens didn't even submit an entry, so discard 2B or 4C.

10. You've collected threes, sixes, and nines, and you have to discard something. The only reason to keep dragons is for W-D #6 (6 tiles). You can keep G for LN #1 (threes or nines, 6 tiles). R makes sense for a weak 369 #1, but soap needs to slip away quietly.*

*That's just a saying. Of course you should say its name when you discard it.

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