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.


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.


Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Inspector Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson decided to play mahjong. When three gentlemen entered the room, they found Mrs. Hudson doing something very strange.

Mrs. Hudson threw two dice twice, and then counted the tiles, and then pulled out some of them from the wall, turned them to look at them, sighed and returned them back into the wall.


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.

SherlockDiscardsNot for the first time Sherlock Holmes with his friend and colleague Dr. Watson went away for a long time chasing London’s criminals, which gave Mrs. Hudson an opportunity to play in the MCR London Championship. The two gentlemen are now home again, both having returned safely, and the pair are reading in “MahjongNews”:

“Mrs. Hudson happened to win the MCR London Championship by accident, which may be called a “Full Flush Accident”.

Here are details of what has happened.