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By Tom Sloper
August 21, 2011

Column #496

American Mah Jongg (2011 NMJL card). Today's column is interactive. What do I mean by that? I mean I'm writing it in a hurry, and when I do that I usually screw something up. So readers are invited to send in corrections, which will be posted below.

Defense. What do you do when you see an opponent has exposed the following?

1. Evens #3 (can't be Evens #7 because that's a concealed hand). Hot tiles are 4C, F, 8B, 8D. Check to see if 4C is dead. And watch what eights she throws.

2. Call her dead; Evens #7 is a concealed hand.

3. Don't discard W or the fourth 2B.

4. Like Numbers. Check to see if 2B or G are dead. And watch what she discards.

5. Consec. #3. Hot tiles are 1B 4C.

6. Consec. #3. Hot tiles are 1D 3D 3B 5B (hard to tell which way she's going).

7. Consec. #3. Hot tiles are 3C 4D.

8. Evens #5. Hot tiles are 4B 8D.

9. Evens #5. Hot tiles are 4D 6C.

10. Like Numbers. Check to see if G or 0 or 2B or 2D are dead.

11. Consec. #2. Check to see if 1D, 2D, or 3D are dead.

12. Consec. #1. Check to see if 1D or 5D are dead.

13. 2011 #2. Is 1B dead? Don't discard that or F if not.

14. Quints #4. 3D is hot.

15. Consec. #4. 0 and F are hot. Unless 0 is dead.

16. She's dead. No such hand.

Thanx to sharp-eyed reader Susan S.!

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