Thursday 17 April 2014


Readers’ Comments

204Tuesday, 14 May 2013 10:19
Quentin
I really enjoyed the puzzles, behind most of which I recognize Vitaly's work about MCR and waits analysis he studied years ago.

It is difficult to judge the difficulty of problems, but some did take me some time to solve.

I especially enjoyed the '32nd of December' and its fourth question.

Thanks to Vitaly for the problems, to Martin for hosting the "venue" and congrats to Sylvain and Scott for their success.
203Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:32
Sylvain Malbec
Q: "each player melded exactly 12 one-suit tiles"
A: two kongs of the same suit (i.e. 8 one-suit tiles) and a kong of wind

So... winds are now suit tiles?
And they are in every suit?
Wow!
Looks like I've misunderstood the question and it was actually an easy one!
202Monday, 06 May 2013 00:15
Scott D. Miller
I really enjoyed the puzzles, which no doubt improved my mahjong game considerably. They forced me to consider wait situations and patterns which I hadn't given much though to before. Congratulations to Sylvain Malbec! And a great thanks to Vitaly Novikov for conceiving the puzzles, and to Martin Rep and Mahjong News for providing the venue.
201Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:07
Scott Miller
I'm not clear on why the time limit was extended an additional three days.

Was it because I was the only one to answer the question within the allotted time?

Just curious.

Thanks.
200Wednesday, 24 April 2013 02:08
Sylvain Malbec
Fourth deal
At first, it looks like each player had three pure melded kongs, two of them separated by two numbers (e.g. 1 and 4), and that their left-side neighbour is waiting for these two said kongs with a ryanmen (e.g. _23_).
But it turns out there are not enough tiles for that.

So, here's the trick:
Watson had: melded: 1111m 4444m 5555m, concealed: 23s EE.
Lestrade had: melded: 1111s 4444s 5555s, concealed: 23p SS.
Holmes had: melded: 1111p 4444p 5555p, concealed: 78m WW.
Mrs. Hudson had: melded: 6666m 9999m, concealed: RRRR(concealed kong) 23m NN, and erronously melded as flowers: 2223m.

It certainly "cut off all conceivable scenarios".

What’s the Maximum Score?

A new Sherlock Holmes mystery!

The great detective returned with tobacco and looked at the 15-different fan solution (see 15-fan-solution) shown by Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson.

“Well, well!”, he said. “So, for you to find a hand with a maximum score for hand value, it should take no more time for me to light my pipe, I guess?”

Question: Please, construct a hand containing maximum score for hand value.

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1Sunday, 03 June 2012 08:54
Quentin
Hand is composed of:
- concealed kong RRRR;
- concealed kong GGGG;
- concealed kong BBBB (white);
- concealed kong EEEE (both seat and prevalent wind);
- standing S;
winning on south replacing the last kong with the last tile from the wall.

This hand scores:
- 4 Kongs (88);
- 4 Concealed Pungs (64);
- Big 3 Dragons (88);
- All Honors (64);
- Out on Replacement Tile (8);
- List Tile Draw (8);
- Fully Concealed Hand (4);
- Seat Wind (2);
- Prevalent Wind (2);
- 8 Flowers (8*1).
Total: 336 points. This means 1,008 points for the winner, and 1,344 points of difference!

If the new regulations allow them, 2 Concealed Kongs may be added twice, hence a hand which scores 352 points.
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