Okay, here's something else I bought while on vacation in Tokyo for the New Year: I left this issue of Kindai (Modern) Mahjong magazine with a friend and though we live maybe 45 minutes apart, I only very recently picked it up from him. Kinma is a mahjong magazine, yes, but most of its pages are actually taken up by manga about mahjong.
Yeah, that's Fukumoto's Akagi on the cover, yeah that Washizu looks like he's in trouble this time. I won't spoil but I think Fukumoto's finally trying to wrap up his Planet Namek situation.... at chapter 245. Will the magazine really survive Akagi finally ending?
Mudazumo also runs in this magazine, along with whatever ol' Katayama (Super Zugan) is up to and a host of other series. Someone should translate this stuff. Dammit all!
Anyway, we're not actually here to talk about that, maybe next post. I want to show you a little supplement that came with this particular week's issue, and share a tiny morsel of what's inside.
This is a quiz book by our pal Takunori Kajimoto, who does a lot of this kind of writing. It isn't limited only to "what would you discard" questions like Kajimoto's manuals(recommended, though their English translation is VERY questionable and more than a few of the questions/answers are totally incomprehensible). In addition to more typical questions, there are also questions about table manners, questions that take the whole table situation into account, and even questions where you have to figure out what could be in a hand. (If Mr. Kajimoto sees this and wants me to take it down, by the way, then down it goes.) Here is one of those.
The four tiles at the end are hidden from view.
The question goes like this. Player is non-dealer, and is in Reach with a three-sided wait. This hand could be 1600 points, 3900 points, or 12000 points. What are the four hidden tiles?
The answer is in the next post, which I will wait a bit before putting up. This is a one-shot; I just wanted to give an idea of what the quiz book is like, not actually post the thing.