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By Tom Sloper
June 27, 2010

Column #457

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

1. Quints has no 2468 hands; she's dead.

2. You can call her dead if she shows twos and nines atop her rack; there's no Elevens section in the 2010 card. Betcha there will be next year, though! Any takers?

3. Flower pungs? Not on this year's card. She's dead.

4. Flower kongs do not coexist with pungs on this year's card. Call her dead.

5. Like Nos. #2 or Consec. #3. Twos, ones, and threes in dots and craks are hot.

6. 2010 #3 or (as above) Like Nos. #2 or Consec. #3.

7. No hand uses a number pung and a dragon pung in two suits, when the dragon is not soap.

8. This matches nothing on the card.

9. Doh! She's dead. No such hand.

10. Doh! She's dead, but for a different reason; W-D #5 must remain concealed.

11. Lots of ways you can die, and this is one of them.

12. El wrong-o. Call her muerta.

13. We hadn't finished the kongs of ones before, so let's do that now. Kong of ones, pung of fives; nope, no such hand. Call her dead.

14. 13579 #5. Hot tiles are 3B and F.

15. Sorry, sweetie. You're dead.

16. Quints has no hand like this, not this year anyway.

17. A Sevens hand? 1+6=7? Not on this year's card.

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