Saturday 24 September 2016

Sherlock Holmes: the first two Mini Mysteries

Vitaly_Novikov_121x144Dear readers! Let's meet Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Mrs. Hudson, Inspector Lestrade and others while playing game of mahjong and solving cases. The series "Sherlock Holmes and Mahjong" would be consisting of MCR mahjong problems and miniatures mostly ‘all around mahjong’ (‘paramahjong’). Let's start with two miniatures.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Mrs. Hudson first time ever was invited to watch a game of mahjong. The session was kindly arranged directly at Baker's Street 221-B. The game was played by Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Inspector Lestrade and very special guest -- Wan Tao, clerk of Chinese embassy, an experienced player.

Just after the game had finished, Mrs. Hudson asked:

"It is very strange. Why the name of such breed of dog was mentioned during the game? If only the hound of the Baskervilles would be of such a breed than sir Charles Baskerville might escape the curse."

  • Question: What was the breed of dog Mrs. Hudson has heard during mahjong game?


Hand Structure? It's Elementary

Sherlock Holmes explains to Mrs. Hudson the the simpliest winning hand in mahjong has 14 tiles in 3-3-3-3-2 distribution.

"Holmes! It's rather elementary!"

  • Question: What ingenious insight came to Mrs. Hudson?

Hint: She needed just 5 seconds for that.




Problem is solved! Click here for the solution.

Comments (14)Comments are closed
1Thursday, 31 March 2011 22:56
Mark Chizhenok
It should be 3-3-3-3-2 in the second story...
Friday, 01 April 2011 06:49
Mahjong News
Thanks, Mark! I have corrected it.
2Friday, 01 April 2011 03:51
Hmmm, maybe.
3Friday, 01 April 2011 12:13
Mahjong News
Nice try, but: no. :-(
4Friday, 01 April 2011 16:39
Well that would obviously be the chow.
5Monday, 04 April 2011 09:47
This dog is tiny ..
Monday, 04 April 2011 10:29
Mahjong News
Yes, so…?
6Monday, 04 April 2011 10:26
Sushila Singh
7Monday, 04 April 2011 10:33
What nice or vice did Mrs. Hudson see at her arm?
8Monday, 04 April 2011 10:47
Adrie van Geffen
5 fingers with 14 bones in them.
9Monday, 04 April 2011 12:20
Congratulations, Adrie!

And what about the dog?
10Monday, 04 April 2011 12:37
Adrie van Geffen
11Monday, 04 April 2011 13:28
Adrie, you have conceptually solved mini mystery #1. Congratulations!

Although I must correct you.
My version is "Chi"+"Hua"+"Hua" where "Hua" stands for FLOWER.
Please check it with "Green Book".

Here are excerpts from it:
"3.4.20 Flower replacement ("Bu Hua")
When you pick a Flower Tile, you may expose it, declaring "flower" ("hua") and take a replacement tile from the back end of the wall, until there are no more Flower tiles in your hand."
"3.6.1 Regulations governing verbal calls during the game
During the progress of game, the player must verbalize all claims for discards, to make a chow, pung, or kong, and when picking a flower or declaring mahjong. ... When taking a Flower replacement (Bu Hua), the player must say "Hua". He should not call out the names of the tiles when discarding, and is forbidden to
discuss, gossip or communicate in his native language or other foreign language."
12Monday, 04 April 2011 13:33
Dear Readers!
I hope you have enjoyed solving the very first mysteries of "Sherlock Holmes and Mahjong" series.
Next problem is due one week after the first items.
Please beware that next one would be full-scale mystery, not a mini-one :).
13Monday, 04 April 2011 18:46
>Dog is Chow.Could be Pug without the n!(touch of humor)
>What fun thanks Mr.V.N.
> S.S. (Sushila Singh)

If omit restriction of non-similarity to hound of the Baskervilles (in size?) we can add one more breed -- "Chow Chow".
Thanks to Sushila Singh!!
14Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:35
Adrie's variant are more funny (pls forgive me Vitaliy :) ), i like it!
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