Four Wins of Mrs. Hudson
- Created on Thursday, 26 April 2012 09:57
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:00
- Written by Vitaly Novikov
A new Sherlock Holmes Mystery. When should you stop to try and make mahjong and when should you continue?
On Friday night Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Mrs. Hudson and Inspector Lestrade decided to play mahjong. While preparing the wall, they started to speak about the ability to handle game opportunities.
“One of the most difficult problems to solve by a player is to know when to stop by winning a deal, and when to go on with it,” – said Holmes. “Whenever the hand value does not bring the expected result -- continue to play! And, if you decide to continue playing, remember: somebody else may get mahjong.”
Everybody agreed by nodding their heads.
So, the wall is built, the tiles are dealt. Mrs. Hudson is East. And then something truly unexpected occurred.
Mrs. Hudson was pondering on something thoroughly and then she declared mahjong after making several calls so that nobody had ever chance to make any move.
“Gentlemen!” – she said. “THREE I had times the chance to finish the deal, but I was confused with the prospect to finish the game so early. So, for the fourth time my patience has gone and I declared mahjong.”
Question 1: Give an example of Mrs. Hudson’s starting hand and show how she decided to continue game three times.
Question 2: How many declarations (calls) did she make provided there are no flowers in her winning hand?
Question 3 (for experts): Is it necessary for Mrs. Hudson’s hand to be one-suiter?
Question 4 (for experts): Is it possible to find in four mahjong hands of Mrs. Hudson (three missed and one declared) 88-point fan?