Three Tiles Pattern: the Solution
- Written by Vitaly Novikov
Do not waste too much time in trying to find the answer to my ‘para mahjong’ Sherlock Holmes mystery, I warned last week. Yet, some of you tried hard to solve it. Here’s the answer.
During some mahjong tournament, Inspector Lestrade has got a hand with only three tiles patterns in 13 tiles:
Question 1: Please, explain what has happened. What is the rules set of the official tournament?
Question 2: What country hosts such a tournament?
Answer. To gain experience in catching Yakuza, Inspector Lestrade was sent to Holland to play Washizu mahjong – a kind of Japanese mahjong which is popular amongst Japanese mobsters. Mahjong sets were ’Washizu extended’, where there are up to 6 tiles of the same pattern in order to play with various level of transparency – from 1 to 3 transparent tiles of 4.
Mahjong sets for the tournament were prepared by Dutch police officers who did not play mahjong. They had received very clear instructions: “Count exactly 136 tiles from each set and place them at the table.”