Tuesday 07 July 2015

Playing Mahjong to Honor the Dead

Mourners play mahjong near a coffin during a funeral wake.MANILA Philippines 01 July 2015 - In the Philippines, gambling isn’t just a past time, but a way to honor the dead. Betting games, mah jong, and card tables are often set up at Filipino wakes, or paglalamay, where the tradition is to keep a 24-hour vigil over the deceased until the burial.

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Two questions, two answers

Here are the solututions to the two questions Mahjong News, on behalf of Sherlock Holmes and his secretary Vitaly Novikov, asks of our readers.

156 Mahjongs

Question: Please, reconstruct the hands (any discarded tile from any of four hands gives three mahjongs).

Answer. All four players have “Thirteen Orphans” – 13 single Terminals and Honor tiles.

7 Pairs, 14 points

Mrs. Hudson has in her hand 14 tiles and she distinctly sees 14 points.
She made a legal declaration.
Question: What declaration could Mrs. Hudson make?

Answer. Mrs. Hudson played with adapted set. She has in her hand:
and Flower “Plum” and Season “Spring”. All 14 adapted tiles has digit “1”.
So she can make two possible legal declarations – “Kong” or “Flower”.


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