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By Tom Sloper
June 12, 2011

Column #491

American Mah Jongg (2011 NMJL card). Defense exercises. What do you do when you see an opponent is displaying the following?

1. Yes, Virginia, there is such a hand. It's 2011 #1. The hot tiles are 1C, 2C, F, and soap.

2. She is making Consec. #4. F and soap are hot.

3. This is Consec. #5. All twos are hot. Carefully scan the discard floor to see if any of them are dead.

4. She's going for Odds #5. 3C and F are hot. Check to see if 3C is dead.

5. This is Sevens #1. The hot tiles are F and 6D.

6. Sevens #1 again. Same hot tiles as #5 above.

7. Has to be Quints #4, of course. 3B is hot.

8. Honors #3. Hot tiles are 1D and N.

9. Can only be Consec. #2. Hot tiles are 2C, 1B, 2B.

10. Three possible hands: Sevens #1, Consec. #4, or Odds #5. The hot tiles are fours, sevens, 2B, G, 3B, and 5B. Look for clues among the discards.

11. Quints #3. Winds are hot. Whichever one is rarest on the table is the one most likely she's going for.

12. This is Quints #3 again, but now flowers are hot.

13. Could be Consec. #2 or #3. Lots of hots: 1s, 2s, 3s, and 4s in the other two suits, R, soap. Look for clues.

14. H onors #4. E and W are hot.

15. Could be Consec. #2 or #3. The hot tiles are 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s in the other two suits, R, soap. Look for clues.

16. Evens #5 or Consec. #1. Hot tiles are 1D, 3D, 5D, and 6s and 8s in the other two suits.

Thanx to sharp-eyed reader Belinda G!

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