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By Tom Sloper
October 14, 2012

No. #541

American Mah Jongg (2012 NMJL card). What would you discard?

1. Most likely Odds #7. You have eleven tiles if you use 5D for your kong, so discard 7D or 9D.

2. Nine tiles towards Consec. #1 (low) and ten towards Odds #1. Neither hand needs 6D or 8D, so throw either of those. There are only seven tiles towards Consec. #1 (high), which is why I didn't list it as an option. And yes, there are 11 tiles towards S&P #2. If you're feeling gutsy, you could throw 1D (or 5D if you're feeling extremely gutsy).

3. Nine tiles towards Odds #6, with #2 and #3 as fall-backs. Your junkers are 2D 1C 4C.

4. This is good for Quints #2, but 4D needs a mate. I'd throw 1D, since it's numerically too far from four.

5. Seven tiles (plus J) towards Consec. #2 (4-5-4-5-6). I'd keep 7D for possible #3; the tossers are 6C 7C 8C 7B.

6. This has a long way to go. I'd slay a dragon and hope for clues.

7. Could go Consec. #2, but #1 is much stronger. Like Nos. and S&P are not in play. I'd throw 1C to free up my thinking.

8. Seven tiles towards Consec. #3 and Evens #1. Chop flowers.

9. Seven tiles for 369 #1 or #4. Give 9B the heave-ho.

10. Seven tiles for Consec. #3 (two ways). 9B can go. Consec. #1 is out of the running due to the lack of fives.

11. Eight tiles for Consec. #1, nine for Odds #2. Both options cannot be preserved, so go for the stronger. Jettison 2C 4C 5C.

12. Seven tiles towards Consec. #1, #2, #3, and S&P #6. Throw 5D and hope to pick lucky.

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