LONDON - It was ten unsolved mysteries that evaded a verdict for ten challenging weeks, while twenty-seven detectives were hot on the trail of clues. In the end, it was elementary, my dear readers, coming down to time-stamps to break the unprecedented seven-way tie for first. Ms. Fortune solved the most puzzles in the shortest amount of time, awarding her 1st place as the 2017 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong.
This was an excellent redemption for Ms. Fortune considering she was also tied for 1st place in the 4th season but missed out on prizes due to the time-stamps back then. She also solved yet another mystery, revealing her own true identity as Nicole Haasbroek from the Netherlands, coming forward to claim her place. Her winning time-stamp was followed closely by 4th Season champion Cyrille Rak, who this season now places in 2nd, and Menno Deij in 3rd. Honorable mention must be made to the four other contestants vying for first place who were edged out narrowly only by the "photo-finish" time-stamps; Oh Yong Sing, Sylvain Malbec, Jinbi Jin, and Kingfloche.
Final Ranking in the 5th Season Sherlock Holmes Contest
|4||Oh Yong Sing||Singapore|
|19||Ow Zhong Ming||Singapore|
|26||Raise the Red Lantern||Netherlands|
1st Place will receive one year of Mahjong Collector Magazine, and two beautiful color-changing saki bottles.
2nd Place will receive two beautiful color-changing saki bottles.
3rd place will receive a beautiful color-changing saki bottle.
Congratulations 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. Editing and images by Scott D. Miller. Thanks for a great job!
Staff of Mahjong News
Typical full score for the mystery is 2 SHP () plus 1 bonus SHP () for acting within 3-days after publication (please, note that bonus is scored regardless of the solution being correct or not). Typical partial score for the solution is 1 SHP (), there are no "halfs" or "fractons" of SHP. So, it is up to the author to decide how much each solution deserves when solution is not full. Whenever the contestant is on the right track but with a solution that is not perfect, the author will send e-mail asking for clarification or to recommend reconsideration of the solution. So, please, write correct addresses for you to be able to receive any feedback in time.
For mysteries with multiple questions or mysteries allowing different complexities of solutions, additional criteria of scoring may be set.