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."

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.


LONDON 17 April 2015 - It was an unsolved mystery that evaded a verdict for ten challenging weeks, while twenty-eight detectives were hot on the trail of clues. In the end, it was elementary, my dear readers. Cyrille Rak solved the most puzzles in the shortest amount of time, awarding him 1st place as the 2015 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong, followed by Konsta Lensu and Sylvain Malbec.

Congratulations also to Vitaly Novikov, author of the riddles and coordinator of the contest, for his most successful season of mysteries to date, and for a contest excellently done.

A special thanks also to for their generous support of Mahjong News and for the donation of prizes for the top three contestants.

sherlockSpotlightDear contestants!

Today you will be offered the last, 10th mystery to solve. For this not-easy-to-crack problem, the bonus period to get an extra 1 SHP () is prolonged to five days, and the full solution may bring up to 4 SHP ().

Hint: the only criterion to resolve ties of same scores of participants is "timestamp" -- exact time of posting/ sending solution. For current multiscored mystery we offer you a strategy of sending low-point solution prior to sending high-pont solution. That may save you priority in case high-point solution is unobtainable for any reason.


During a friendly game, Mrs. Hudson (being East) was dealt a winning hand. Since there was no point in continuing the deal, she declared “Hu!” winning the table. Remarkably, her hand consisted only of four tile patterns in the distribution 4-4-3-3, or AAAABBBBCCCDDD, where A, B, C, D equal tile patterns.