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By Tom Sloper
September 23, 2012

No. #538

American Mah Jongg (2012 NMJL card). Defense.

1. Evens #2 - hot tiles are 6D 2B 4B. 2B 4B are key (if either of them cannot be paired, her hand is dead).

2. Consec. #2 - hot tiles are 7B 7C 8C. Sevens are key.

3. Consec. #1 - hot tiles are 5C 6C 7C. 5C 6C are key.

4. Elevens - hot tiles are F 1C. 1C is key.

5. Could be Like Numbers, Elevens, or Consec. #4. Hot tiles are eights, threes, ones, 7C, 9C, R. Key tiles are ones, eights, R. Hope for enough clues!

6. Quints #4 - 6B is hot.

7. Consec. #3 or #4 - hot tiles are 6B 7B 6C 7C F soap. Soap is key; if soap can't be paired, she's doing #3.

8. Quints #3 - all dragons are hot.

9. Quints #2 - hot tiles are 5C through 9C. Seek clues.

10. Consec. #5 - hot tiles are 7B F. F is key.

11. Quints #3 - all dragons are hot.

12. Like Numbers - hot tiles are 8C F. 8C is key.

13. Evens #6 - hot tiles are 2C F. F is key.

14. Quints #2 - hot tiles are 6C through 9C.

15. Quints #4 - 7C is hot.

16. Quints #3 - F is hot.

17. 369 #1 - hot tiles are F 3C 6C. F and 6C are key.

18. Could be Like Numbers or Consec. #4 or Odds #5 - hot tiles are nines, eights, soap, 1D. Soap and nines are key.

A tip o' the hat to sharp-eyed reader Karen ██████!

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