Monday 22 September 2014

Old And New Pastimes Collide

Playing MahjongCHINA, Melbourne: It was a long night for many Chinese in Melbourne who camped out overnight to be first in line to get the latest cutting edge technology: the iPhone 6. What better way to pass the time than playing the ancient game of mahjong?

  

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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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