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CHINA - In light of the recent crackdown on public officials accepting bribes in the form of "easy bets" on mahjong, China has taken it's anti-corruption maneuvers one step further and has banned officials from publically playing mahjong.

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Dr. Watson’s Soccer Dream

altDr. Watson returned tired to Baker Street 221 B after he had played soccer. Refusing to play mahjong, he went straight to bed.

The next morning, he told Sherlock Holmes and Mrs. Hudson about a very strange dream he had had, a mixture of soccer and mahjong.

He told that some psychic came to him in a dream and began to talk:
“… and the 4th bird would fly to you
… and this bird would call a tile from the wall
… and your one-suited hand would be waiting for the number of tiles equal to the number of players in two soccer teams at field
… you would win!”

“Oh, it’s rather elementary that hand might be called ‘a younger brother of’…” – said Holmes.

Question 1: What was Dr. Watson’s hand?

Question 2: (for experts): What was Sherlock Holmes talking about?

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1Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:31
Vitaly
A phrase in text "waiting for the number of tiles" means TOTAL number of possible tiles, NOT different tiles.
Maximum number of different tiles a hand can be waiting for is known -- 9 ("9 Gates").
2Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:33
Bert
Actually the maximum seems 13 to me: 13 orphans and waiting on one of the 13 tiles.
3Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:57
Vitaly
Bert! You are definitely right, maximum is 13.

Since Dr.Watson's hand is one-suiter I was writing in my comment about "suited" waits but did not pointed that clearly..
4Friday, 15 June 2012 05:22
yongsing
The hand is a Full Flush of bamboo tiles as follows:

1113334567888

A one bamboo tile was discarded, resulting in a Melded Kong. After the Kong, the hand looks like this:

3334567888

Now we have a wait for 8 different tiles (2 to 9 bamboos). This is like a younger brother of Nine Gates.

The maximum number of possible tiles waiting for this hand is 22, the number of players in two soccer teams. They are as follows:

2222
3
444
555
666
777
8
9999
5Friday, 15 June 2012 10:20
Vitaly
Yongsing,

Your answer is correct, this hand is in "official" solution (to be provided later).

Is there any other brother of Nine Gates?

Author

P.S. For some reasons your answer was published 5 times. Redundant copies were removed.
6Friday, 15 June 2012 10:32
Vitaly

Numbers 2222 3 444 555 666 777 8 9999 look like tactical schemes ("formations", see Wiki): 3-3-1-4 Figures stand for the number of "roles": Forward, Halfback, Back etc.

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