LONDON - Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson returned to the house on 221-B Baker Street, after a sleepless night spent in ambush while investigating a case. Surprisingly, Inspector Lestrade and Wang Tao were waiting for them to play mahjong.

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CONTEST - Mahjong mysteries solving contest "Sherlock Holmes and Mahjong" starts with Dr. Watson, who is waiting for the hand "Nine Gates" in the bamboo suit. He draws a "tile with a bamboo image" on it as the last tile from the wall, and declares "Hu" (a win). To answer the questions of this mystery, you will need to consider a typical mahjong game set, and also the "Green Book" (Appendix 1).

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Cyrille Rak

"During this contest I had to face new situations about mahjong and I had to think about mahjong in a different way. When reading a new mystery, my first reaction was often "it's not possible!", then "let's analyze this logically" and then finally "that's elementary my dear Vitaly."

Sherlock Holmes Mahjong Mystery

MOSCOW - Dear mahjong lovers, Mahjong News is pleased to announce the start of the fifth season of our “Sherlock Holmes and Mahjong” mystery series. Just to remind everyone, this series has been published at Mahjong News in the years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. You may find articles under "Mysteries" menu of the current site.

This year readers will be challenged to solve ten mahjong mysteries. Participants' answers for these ten individual mysteries will be scored, and their combined scores will determine their final standings.

Prizes generously provided by the publishers of Mahjong Collector Magazine, and by Holiday Mahjong Online.

Vitaly Novikov

The fourth season of the Sherlock Mahjong Mysteries Solving Contest is over. It is the most successful mystery solving contest so far. Thanks to all participants and congratulations to the winners!

Here is an attempt to look behind the scenes of the contest, to show it from author's eyes.

And we kindly ask that you post comments about your participation in the contest, how did you feel solving mysteries, what was good, what was not. Your ideas can help to make next contest even better.