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Picking From the Wrong End of the Wall (Article ID 69) 

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Abstract:  If a player picks a tile from the wrong end of the wall and racks it, that player’s hand is dead. If it goes unnoticed until more than one player has picked a tile from the wrong end, the game ceases, and the tiles are thrown in. It is implied but not written in Mah Jongg Made Easy or a Bulletin that, if a player picks a tile from the wrong end of the wall but does not rack it, they may put it back. 
 
Question from a player:  What happens if I pick a tile from the wrong end? 
 
Answer from the NMJL:   “If a player picks a tile from the wrong end of the wall, racks the tile, the player’s hand is “dead”, and the other players continue playing from the proper end.”

Source:  Mah Jongg Made Easy 2020 page 22 #21 [b]


Other answers from the NMJL:

If a tile is taken from the wrong end and racked, the player’s hand is dead and the game proceeds from the proper end.  If it is noticed that more than one player has picked a tile from the wrong end, the game ceases and the tiles are thrown in.” 
 
“If you pick a tile from the wrong end and rack it, your hand is dead and the game continues.  If two or more players pick tiles from the wrong end the game is thrown in and is started over.”  
 
Source for other answers: National Mah Jongg League Bulletin Q&A (2018, 2019) https://www.nationalmahjonggleague.org

Picking From the Wrong End of the Wall (Article ID 69) 
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