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By Tom Sloper
September 9, 2012

No. #536

American Mah Jongg (2012 NMJL card). Defense.

1. Consec. #3 - hot tiles are eights and nines in the other two suits.

2. Consec. #2 or 369 #4 - hot tiles are 5D 5C 7B 3D 6C 9B.

3. Consec. #2 or #3 - hot tiles are 5C 8B 5D 6D; fives are key (they must be paired, so if you see more than two of either five on the table, she has to be making Consec. #3).

4. Consec. #3 or Evens #4 - hot tiles are 5B 7B 7D 9D 4B 2C 4C. 2C and 4B are key (if either pair is dead, she is making the Consec. hand).

5. Consec. #5 - hot tiles are 7B and F.

6. 369 #5 - the hot tiles are 6B 3C 6C; 6C is a key tile (if she can't pair it, her hand is dead).

7. 369 #2 or #3 - hot tiles are 3C 3B 6C 6B 3D F.

8. Consec. #3, 369 #2 or #4 - hot tiles are 7B 8C 3B 6C 3D 6D. The threes are key tiles (indicators that can help you eliminate a hand from your defense).

9. Like Numbers - hot tiles are 6C F. 6C is key.

10. 369 #5 - watch her discards, and look for dead sixes to try to determine her second suit.

11. Like Numbers, Elevens, or Consec. #4 - ones and sixes are key.

12. Consec. #5 - hot tiles are F 5D 8D. Look for clues.

13. Quints #4 - hot tile is 8D.

14. Quints #2 - hot tiles are dots, four through eight.

15. 369 #3 - hot tiles are 3B F.

16. Quints #4 - hot tile is 5B.

A tip o' the hat to sharp-eyed reader Shelly M.

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