Nicole Haasbroek

MOSCOW - The fifth season of the Sherlock Mahjong Mysteries Solving Contest is over. The winner is Nicole Haasbroek from the Netherlands who recently joined Mahjong News staff. "As for the future of SHM... I know it's premature, but I'm looking forward to season 6! And it comes as no surprise I would love to see the riichi counterpart of the SHM."

Vitaly Novikov

The fifth season of the Sherlock Mahjong Mysteries Solving Contest is over. It is the most successful mystery solving contest so far. Twenty-seven contestants from seven countries tried their best to get prizes. Thanks to all participants and congratulations to the winners!

Here is an attempt to look behind the scenes of the contest, to show it from author's eyes.

Question: Please, provide a hand and a tile which enters as many fans of this hand, either directly or indirectly.

Note: Two to four entries will be scored for , five to seven entries will be scored for , eight or above entries will be scored for .

Top mahjong sleuths for 2017. From left Menno Deij (3rd), Nicole Haasbroek (1st), Cyrille Rak (2nd). 

LONDON - It was ten unsolved mysteries that evaded a verdict for ten challenging weeks, while twenty-seven detectives were hot on the trail of clues. In the end, it was elementary, my dear readers, coming down to time-stamps to break the unprecedented seven-way tie for first. Ms. Fortune solved the most puzzles in the shortest amount of time, awarding her 1st place as the 2017 Sherlock Holmes of Mahjong.

Question (): Please, explain what happened, how Sherlock managed to win championship?