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By Tom Sloper
May 16, 2010

Column #451

American Mah Jongg (2010 NMJL card). Defense by the numbers, continuing from last week. We considered possible combinations starting with a pung of ones. We got through every possible combination of ones or twos as the second exposure. Before we move on to the threes, let's also consider the other tiles in the set. A player might also combine a pung of ones with an exposure of flowers, winds, or dragons. The dragons in particular can present an interesting puzzle.

1. There are no hands on the 2010 card that use a pung of flowers. Or, for that matter, a quint or a sextet of flowers. You should call her dead.

2. No hand on the 2010 card uses both a kong of flowers and a pung of any number. Call her dead.

3. A pung of ones and a pung of dragons in another suit? That description might apply to 2010 #3, if the dragons were white. Look for it as much as you want, but there's no hand on the 2010 card that allows a pung of ones and a pung of non-white dragons, when the ones are a different suit from the dragons. She's dead.

4. As per #3 above, this can only be 2010 #3. The hot tiles are 2B, 0, F.

5. She's doing Like Nos. #2. The description "a number pung, and a non-white dragon pung in the same suit," might apply to Consec. #3, if the number pung was anything except ones or nines. And it might apply to 369 #1, only if the number pung was sixes. But none of those apply here.

6, 7, 8. There are precious few dragon kong hands on the 2010 card, and none of these are them. One-pungs and dragon kongs don't mix in 2010. Call her dead.

9. She's dead. No such hand.

10. Yes, W-D #5's wind pungs have to be N or S only. Only one problem: it's a concealed hand. She's dead.

11. No such hand, no matter which wind she's konged.

12. No such hand. Call her dead.

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