Friday 27 February 2015

Conquering the Mountain in Kathmandu: A Mahjong Sojourn

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KATHMANDU Nepal, February 21st - When I first arrived in Kathmandu, the airport arrivals curb was busy and alive! The locals, noting a foreigner had arrived in their midst, surrounded me asking me all manner of questions as to the nature of my stay. Was I there to climb Mount Everest? Was I in need of a Sherpa guide? Did I have a ride to base camp at the foot of the mountain? Looking around at my fellow passangers, and the gear they were collecting from the terminal, there among them were backpack frames, ropes, cleated boots, and all manner of climbing paraphinalia. There was no doubt Kathmandu was the launching basin for brave expeditions to climb up the face of the tallest and most formidible mountain in the world. But I was in Kathmandu to conquer a mountain of a different sort; a mountan of tiles—Mahjong.

Scott D. Miller, MD of Mahjong News travels to Nepal to talk mahjong, learn new styles, and build new bonds in the basin city of Kathmandu, nestled in the shadows of the tallest mountain in the world.

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How many points does Mrs. Hudson have? (Easy ‘Sherlock problem’!)

Sherlock HolmesLast mystery ‘Mrs. Hudson's Problem’ turned out to be a real tough one to solve. Today we offer you a much easier mini-mystery of ‘paramahjong’. Please, try to solve it but ... don't push hard and have fun!

(The solution to Mrs. Hudson's Problem is published here. Please check also Adrie van Geffen's answers!)

Remember: you can find all of Vitaly's contributions here. (In the Extra menu, please click 'Sherlock Holmes Mahjong Mysteries'.)

So, Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, inspector Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson are playing mahjong at Baker Street 221 B.



At the table Mrs. Hudson has:

 dot1-1dot2-1dot1-1bam4-1bam5-1bam6-1

crak7-1crak8-1crak9-1white-1white-1white-1

west1west1

 

 

Last taken tile (from the wall -- added later, V.N.) is west1 

Question: How many points does Mrs. Hudson have (MC Rules)?

Comments (6)Comments are closed
1Monday, 25 April 2011 18:30
Bonny
Do they play MCR? Did she draw the last tile herself? Is she/the going wind West?
2Tuesday, 26 April 2011 07:07
Vitaly Novikov
Yes, rules set is MCR. She took tile from the wall (corrected later in original text). It does not matter what are winds in a deal -- let's assume Mrs. Hudson is East and Prevalent Wind is also East.
3Tuesday, 26 April 2011 09:44
Mark Chizhenok
Vitaly, please make the explanation of the conditions clearer, using official MCR terms. I do not understand what this phrase mean: "At the table Mrs. Hudson has:". Is it her discard? Is it her melded sets? Or both? Or may be it is her concealed hand? Or something else? Or you would like us to guess what it is?
4Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:29
Vitaly Novikov
Mark, this mini-mystery goes with touch of humor. We would not explain in details what, where and why has happened with Mrs. Hudson's tiles. Once someone sees multiple opportunities to explore and answer that's even better. Please provide your answer under any possible set of conditions you would read in original text.
5Thursday, 28 April 2011 11:37
c00pdNnatop
Very tricky situation are happen in that case...

All tiles in MJ-set are don't have backs! And, when this deal are played, mrs. Hudson prepare dinner, so she was little scatterbrain. When start-hands are sorting, she accidentally rotate 3 tiles of "1 dots" faces to gentelments! But they used tile-holder sticks, so gentelments can't see this mistake - tiles almost fully hided by sticks! So, mrs. Hudson thinking it was a concealed pung of white dragons, because white dragon in this set looking as clear tile, no any figures.

Thru all game mrs. Hudson trying to collect "all types". It was a nice bonus, when she collected concealed mixed straigth. So, when she taked last tile from wall and it was WW, she count next fans^
1) mixed straigth - 8
2) all types - 6
3) fully conc. hand - 4
4) single wait - 1
5) dragon pung
6) last tile - 8

- Exuse me, mrs. Hudson! - saying Holmes. - It's very strange, but i have white dragons pung in my hand too. So, pls, remove points for all types and dragon pung. When mistake are discovered mrs. Hudson remove 8 pts and add 3 pts for tile-hog and terminals-pung.
6Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:11
noluck
well, obviously Mrs. Hudson's points depend on her actions - if she savvily just discards the fresh-drawn third west wind, she still holds in her hand, then it's about zero points in the best case (draw) or minus whatever she'll have to pay the winner at the end of the game...

but if she happily calls "Hu!" and presents her up-to-now concealed tiles it would be -60 by the rules, as she should pay a penalty of 20 to every other player for calling Hu with a dead hand (consisting of 15 tiles) - anyway being a beginner in a friendly game, I guess, Holmes will just blame himself, that he didn't notice the moment, when Mrs. Hudson got a "long hand" and declare the game void... ,-)
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