Saturday 28 February 2015

Conquering the Mountain in Kathmandu: A Mahjong Sojourn

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KATHMANDU Nepal, February 21st - When I first arrived in Kathmandu, the airport arrivals curb was busy and alive! The locals, noting a foreigner had arrived in their midst, surrounded me asking me all manner of questions as to the nature of my stay. Was I there to climb Mount Everest? Was I in need of a Sherpa guide? Did I have a ride to base camp at the foot of the mountain? Looking around at my fellow passangers, and the gear they were collecting from the terminal, there among them were backpack frames, ropes, cleated boots, and all manner of climbing paraphinalia. There was no doubt Kathmandu was the launching basin for brave expeditions to climb up the face of the tallest and most formidible mountain in the world. But I was in Kathmandu to conquer a mountain of a different sort; a mountan of tiles—Mahjong.

Scott D. Miller, MD of Mahjong News travels to Nepal to talk mahjong, learn new styles, and build new bonds in the basin city of Kathmandu, nestled in the shadows of the tallest mountain in the world.

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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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