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Mrs. Hudson’s Record

This week's Sherlock Holmes Mystery is about Mrs. Hudson's Record.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were away from Baker Street 221 B for almost a month. They were involved into trapping some big criminals.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Hudson went to her first MCR tournament. One hand she won had tremendous success - not in terms points though in structure.
Dr. Watson bought the newspaper “Mahjong News” and began to read:
“Mrs. Hudson, MCR tournament debutant, has managed to collect a 16-point hand consisting only of 1-point fans! … Sherlock!” – he asked Mr. Holmes – “Is it really possible?”
“Watson, It’s rather elementary!” – answered Holmes and began to draw the hand.
Question: Please, re-construct Mrs. Hudson’s hand.
Comment: The problem is rather tough to solve. There are two conceptual solutions.

Comments (3)Comments are closed
1Saturday, 21 May 2011 23:23
Edwin Phua
One possible solution:

Mrs. Hudson's hand meets the minimum requirement of 8 points with:
a) 3 chows combining for 2 1-point fans (e.g. 2 Mixed Double Chows; Mixed Double Chow and Pure Double Chow; Pure Double Chow and Short Straight etc.);

b) 1 Melded Kong of a Terminal (i.e. 1 or 9), giving 2 points;

c) hand contains only 2 Suits (i.e. One Voided Suit) and No Honours, giving 2 points;

d) and she self-drew on a unique wait (i.e. Single Wait, Closed Wait, or Edge Wait), giving 2 points.

Additionally, Mrs. Hudson managed to get all 8 bonus tiles, so her hand is worth 16 points in total.
2Sunday, 22 May 2011 13:49
Quentin
The other possible solution is a hand close to the former one:
Hand: (123, 456, 999)b 4d, melded Kan of 1d, 4d self drawn.

The number of points is the same, 1 Chow fan is replaced by a Terminal Pung.

Add 8 flowers and it is a Hand with 16 1-point fans !
3Sunday, 22 May 2011 20:08
Vitaly Novikov
Congratulations, both Edwin Phua and Quentin!
You have provided two available conceptual solutions.
Very quick and very correct :).
As an author I am a bit disappointed because it was considered this problem to be tough to crack down :(.
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