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By Tom Sloper
May 23, 2010

Column #452

American Mah Jongg (2010 NMJL card). Continuing defense by the numbers. Two exposures, one of them a pung of ones. What is she doing, and what are the hot tiles you should beware of throwing?

1. Consec. #2 or 13579 #2. Without any other clues, the hot tiles are 2C 4D 3C 5D.

2, 3. No such hand; call her dead.

4. 13579 #2 or Quints #4. The hot tiles are 5B G 3C 5C 3D 5D.

5, 6, 7, 8, 9. No such hand; call her dead.

10. Consec. #2. 2D and 3B are hot.

11, 12. No such hand; call her dead.

13, 14. 13579 #7 is a concealed hand; call her dead.

15. No such hand; call her dead.

16. 13579 #2. The hot tiles are 3D and 3C.

17. Quints #4. The hot tiles are 3B and G.

18. No such hand. Call her dead!

19. Let's make this simple: there are no hands on this card that use ones and sixes, outside of S&P.

20, 21, 22. None of these are valid, either. She's dead.

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