Thursday 02 April 2015

Mad About Mah Jongg: Child's Play

Tracy's students."The real story, though, is what Tracy does during the school year. Several years ago, she found that her gifted students were covering the curriculum quickly, and she wanted to find an activity that would challenge and stimulate them. She decided to teach them mah jongg!"

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‘Full House’: the Solution

altDr. Watson had asked Sherlock Holmes how a hand with as many fans as possible can be constructed. Sherlock answered that he could solve that problem in less time it would take him than smoking half a pipe. Could you - even if you never smoke? Here’s the answer…

Question: Please, construct a hand containing as maximum of different fans.
Answer. Omitting reasoning here is a hand:

Concealed -- altaltaltalt, altaltaltalt, altaltaltaltaltaltalt, after replacing Kong alt comes (last tile from the wall and last tile of a kind):
1. 2= Prevalent Wind
2. 2 = Seat Wind
3. 2*1 = Pung of Terminals or Honors (two occurrences)
4. 16 = Three Concealed Pungs
5. 2 = Double Pung
6. 8 = Two Concealed Kongs
7. 4 = Outside Hand
8. 2 = Tile Hog
9. 1 = One Voided Suit
10. 1 = Closed Wait
11. 4 = Fully Concealed Hand
12. 8 = Out with Replacement Tile
13. 8 = Last Tile Draw
14. 4 = Last Tile
15. 8*1 = Flowers (8 ocurrences, not shown)
Totalling 72 pts on 15 different fans (altogether 23 fans).


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