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By Tom Sloper
June 10, 2018

Column #706

American Mah Jongg (2018 NMJL card). An opponent is showing two exposures, a pung and a kong. What would you do?

1. There's just one hand that uses a flower pung with a dragon kong. The second exposure was a dead giveaway; you should assume she's cognizant of that fact. The import of her making a dead giveaway exposure is that she's likely very close to making the hand. She needs 3D 6D 9D - and the threes and nines are key tiles. If either tile is dead on the table, you can call her dead. Otherwise, do not discard her tiles.

2. Sixes and eights in two suits; of course the mind goes first to Evens. But there's nothing there. So where should you look next? Consec. Always consec. And never forget that Consec #2 is the most powerful hand on the card. She might be doing 5-6-7-8 or 6-7-8-9; clues might be found on the discard floor, for what those clues might be worth. Don't forget that jokers can compensate for dead tiles.

3. Sevens and nines in two suits; of course the mind goes first to Odds. Could be Odds #2 or #4... or Consec #2 (6-7-8-9). Hot: 5C 6C 7B 8B. No keys.

4. Ones and twos: Consec? Mmmaybe (#6). But how about 2018 #1? Her hot tiles are soaps, 3C, and 8B. No keys.

5. Twos and threes: Consec #6. Hot tiles are 4B R.

6. Threes and sixes; of course the mind goes to 369, and it's not hard to identify #5. Hot tiles are 9C soap.

7. A pung of reds, with fours in another suit. Dragon pung hands can be found in Consec, Odds, and 369 only. Fours don't fit with Odds or 369, so this has to be Consec. And it has to be Consec #6; either 2-3-4 or 4-5-6. Her hot tiles are 3C 5C 2B 6B.

8. Fives and sevens, with the pung a higher number than the kong. One hand in Odds fits; #4. Hot tiles are G and 9D.

9. Threes and sixes in two suits, with the pung a lower number than the kong. It's 369 #2. Hot: 6B 9C. Or Consec #2, hot tiles also include 4B 5C.

10. Fives and sevens, with the pung a lower number than the kong. It's Odds #2. Her hot tiles are 7C and 9D. No keys. Or Consec #2 (two ways), hot tiles also include 4C 6C 6D 8D.

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