I was playing the game Minesweeper earlier today and came across the following situation:

Stalemate? Minesweeper Arrangement

(Look at the bottom-middle section of the gameboard.)

It seems to me that either of the two diagonal pathways (for mines within the open square) could potentially work as a plausible choice... Is there a strategy, or at this point would it just become a 50% guessing game?

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    $\begingroup$ It's just a 50/50 guess. The original game and most clones will have these, though some will reject them so that the player never encounters them. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 19 at 22:38
  • $\begingroup$ @DanielMathias I figured, just wanted some confirmation from y'all... unfortunate though. $\endgroup$
    – Joe Kerr
    Commented Jan 19 at 22:40
  • $\begingroup$ This one: chiark.greenend.org.uk/%7Esgtatham/puzzles/js/mines.html guarantees to avoid guessing situations. $\endgroup$
    – quarague
    Commented Jan 20 at 13:02
  • $\begingroup$ I used to get these a lot in the app on my phone. I got to where I would try to find them as early in my solve as I could and then make my guess as soon as I was sure it was 50/50 so I didn't feel like I wasted a whole game only to lose on a guess. $\endgroup$
    – Stevish
    Commented Jan 22 at 20:09


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