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By Tom Sloper
June 20, 2010

Column #456

American Mah Jongg (2010 NMJL card). Continuing two-exposures defense by the numbers.

1. No Quints hand on the 2010 card can use a pung of twos, period (the only possible pungs in Quints this year are ones and fives). So since today's puzzles all involve a pung of twos, you see no other quint hands in today's column.

2. Consec. #2. Hot tiles are 3B 5C.

3. 2468 #8 must remain concealed. She's dead.

4. She's playing a nonexistent hand. Call her dead.

5. 2468 #7. Sixes and eights in the other two suits are hot.

6. There's no hand on the 2010 card that uses pungs of both twos and fives. Call her dead.

7. Consec. #2. Hot tiles are 3B 4D.

8. Consec. #2 has to be in two suits. She's dead.

9. Consec. #8 must remain concealed; she's dead.

10. Consec. #7. Hot tiles are 4D 8C.

11. There is hand on the 2010 card uses a pung of twos with a kong of sixes, in either one or two suits. Call her dead.

12. Twos and sevens? What could she be thinking? Clearly, she's dead.

13. She's made a mistake; either the eights are supposed to be the same suit as the twos (2468 #8, which by the way must be concealed), or they're supposed to be a kong (2468 #2, #7). She's dead.

14. 2468 #8 is supposed to be concealed; she's dead.

15. 2468 #7. The hot tiles are 4B 6C.

16. Call her dead.

Thanx to sharp-eyed reader Linda Mayberry!

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