Friday 28 November 2014

Ladies Invade Homes in Search of Mah Jongg Sets!   

IsraelSwainAnn M. Israel and Gregg Swain were after private Western mah jongg collections when they invaded many homes during their search, but they aren’t burglars! They are photo-archeologists, and private homes were their dig! Hidden deep in the dark of basements, closets, and attics all over this world are some of the most amazing mah jongg treasures people might never see; tiles carefully hand carved and painted by artisans long forgotten. Like skillful and patient archeologists, Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain set out to unearth these lost works of art before they are forgotten forever.

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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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