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Maurlin  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 2660)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 12:27 PM


Loved the WP! It brought back memories of my mother playing mahj with her group each week, and after every hand all of them would talk at once explaining to each other what they had.

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6610)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 12:34 PM

Yes its like playing bridge. One would have thought that people would work out:'If I have so little interest in what THEY have maybe they will be equally uninterested in what I have?"...but it does not work that way.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 12:34 PM

I'll bet a lot of folks don't know much about the game (I certainly didn't until today). The WP is so well constructed it doesn't matter. Learned a lot and had fun, too. Many thanks Alice.

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4147)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 1:00 PM

I really enjoyed your WP Bigbird, thanks! And it made me want to learn more about mah jongg!

-- Geri

Debbie1957  (Level: 45.7 - Posts: 402)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 1:08 PM

Didn't know a thing about Mah Jongg but enjoyed the puzzle.


Taco24  (Level: 129.3 - Posts: 589)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 1:22 PM

Yes, thanks so much!
I am clueless about Maj jongg, but nevertheless, I enjoyed the puzzle. Very well done as it really does not matter if you do not know squat about the game.

1mks  (Level: 208.3 - Posts: 5866)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 1:27 PM

Maurlin  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 2660)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 1:28 PM

WOW...4 cats avatars in a row. How cool!!!

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 1:30 PM

Hey - that's a new Mah Jongg set -- getting ready to take it and looking forward to it!
I've never played in "real life" but play on pogo frequently

Koota  (Level: 180.6 - Posts: 2098)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 1:56 PM

I didn't know a thing about Mah Jongg before this WP.

Now, at least, I know that it is not played with a racquet. LOL. Nice job!

Suzannec  (Level: 243.5 - Posts: 616)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 1:58 PM

Since discovering Sploofus, I don't play Mah Jongg anymore. This WP was a nice reminder of a game I was once hooked on. Thanks!

Salzypat  (Level: 154.5 - Posts: 5295)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 2:22 PM

As several others have observed, one doesn't need to know anything about the game to keep points -- moves might not be the greatest but the 5000 points is OK! Great puzzle. Learned something about which I knew zero AND scored some points. Win-win all around.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 2:31 PM

I'm going to try to say this right,so I stay PC.. I would like to learn more about Mah Jongg but the only people I knew who played it were Jewish women. When I was a teenager, I learned a card game call Kalookie ( I probably didn't come close with the spelling) from the Jewish kids that were in the same cottage resort we used to go to in the summer. If I remember right, Kalookie was like a high speed rummy game, lots of fun. Board games and card games are so much more fun than the videos that kids play with now. With three sons, all I ever heard was "I conquered it" or "I got killed in Level 30". Some parents use video games as babysitters, heck of a way to get quiet in a house. BTW Debbie1957 loves Sploofus, but would walk a mile for a good Pinochille game anytime.

Ladyvol  (Level: 203.0 - Posts: 5438)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 2:36 PM

Great puzzle Alice...I play Mah Jongg on Pogo quite a bit. Would love to learn how to actually play the Chinese version...

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6610)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 3:18 PM

Re papermanbill's commets:

The game of mahjongg as played in China would not be associated with any group or class. Its universal, i think.
it bears a strong relatioship to Rummy (but with the difference if using Shanghai rules --game rules vary) that unlike the USA where there are special hands that change each year, in China there is aminimum number of points for getting out but certain factors double your score from 2 to 32 points. Extra special hands come to 128 or more, as irecall.

Curious how the game in theUS is both simpler and more comlex -- but not as much fun to my mind. And also there may be an 'old persons' feel to it.
Just like bridge

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 3:26 PM

Great WP! Barry, I think Bridge has more of a "smart" person stigma--with smart not being in vogue these days.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 3:57 PM

Was really doing well until the last one; then tanked. Really fun.

By the way, next month's CQ is "games not played with a ball". Why don't you make a quiz about mah jong? That would be fun.

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7527)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 7:12 PM

Although I've never played Mah Jongg, this puzzle was well written and provided a great educational opportunity to appreciate its heritage.

Kudos to Bigbird!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 7:47 PM

Fun puzzle, Bigbird! I've only played on the computer (and love it there) and one day would love to learn how to really play. Good job!


Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 9:11 PM

I didn't get to play - my husband decided that he wants a divorce (no big surprise) and I spent the day trying not to be "angry" and channeling my earlier wp - and missed it - I would love it if you posted the puzzles bird...somehow - losing my top 20 spot seems less important overall

Oh well - long time coming

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 9:24 PM

So sorry to hear this, Kaelin! Prayers and positive thoughts going out to you. You have a big family to lean on here. God bless!


Bigbird  (Level: 236.3 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 24th Aug '08 11:09 PM

Kaelin - That's very sad. I'll PM it to ya at some point.

Glad you all didn't beat me up for the puzzle. I realized that we probably didn't have a whole lot of players here, but I figured I don't know anything about football and did those, or hockey and did those, or Welsh!

I never learned how to play until after I retired from work (the first time). PMB is absolutely right - I decided it was time to pick up my Eastern US Jewish roots and learn the game. And Barry is also right - I'm just about the youngest player in my group.

Come on over and join me - I'll teach ya all!

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Mon, 25th Aug '08 6:02 AM

I've only played the computer solitaire version, but enjoyed the WP nonetheless. Sadly, it didn't like me, kicking me off midway through the first puzzle then, after a reset, not counting my score, even though I finished before 8:15 p.m. Or has that rule changed under 2.0?

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Mon, 25th Aug '08 7:25 AM

Good puzzle Alice/Bigbird Never have seen anybody play it but it wasn't too hard to do the puzzle. I was raised in a poker, whist & bridge playing town. Even us kids played bridge, usually quite badly, after we'll all had a few White Russians. I think the youngans are into poker these days

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