Which of these actors did I place last? Explain why.

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The person you placed last is

Ian McKellen (centre photo)

First of all the actors, in order, are

1. Hugh Jackman
2. Lee Remick
3. Halle Berry
4. Gregory Peck
5. Ian McKellen
6. David Warner
7. Famke Janssen
8. Billie Whitelaw
9. Patrick Stewart

Each of these actors

Appeared in either X-men or The Omen (O-men).


If we replace each actor with an X or an O depending on which movie they appeared in we get a completed tic-tac-toe grid as follows
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For this to have been a valid game it must be that the two winning lines for "X" were formed at the same time and so the last placed X is the central one.


Triple T stands for Tic-Tac-Toe.

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    – Stiv
    Commented Jan 18, 2023 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv thanks, had to type quite quickly. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Jan 18, 2023 at 13:50
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