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Three way duel, which guns to choose?

Alice, Bob and Carole are involved in a game of three way duel. They take turns to shoot in the order of Alice-Bob-Carole-Alice-... until only one surviver is left standing. The rule is very simple: ...
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Social Distancing L-Game

This is a variation of Edward De Bono’s famous L-game, but played on a 5x5 board (instead of 4x4) with social distancing rules in place. More specifically, two players (Blue and Orange) take turns ...
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Thirteen coins game

There are $13$ coins arranged in a circular fashion. Andrew and Bill play a game with these rules: Andrew starts the game A player can remove $1$ or $2$ adjacent coins from the circle during his turn....
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Which gun is Alice's best choice?

Alice, Bob and Charles are involved in a deadly three way duel game. Before the game starts, the referee prepares three guns for the players to choose from. She randomly picks three guns from a very ...
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A Very Odd Game

Barry, John, and Caleb, all perfect logicians, were very bored one day and they decided to come up with a new game (they haven't got a name for that game yet). The rules were quite simple : The first ...
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Recreational checkers problem

Alberto places N checkers in a circle. Some, perhaps all, are black; the others are white. (The distribution of colors is random.) Betiil places new checkers between the pairs of adjacent checkers in ...
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A mix of 2048 and Match 3

I was playing a game and thought of this problem: Rules There are 4 distinct tiles on a $6\times6$ grid. The game starts out with one block on the board. You can shift all the tiles in one of the ...
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How do you force a win in 4x4x4 TicTacToe

I have read in the wikipedia page of TicTacToe that it is possible for the first player to force a win in a 4x4x4 board. I tried to find a strategy on how to do it online but failed. So, how do you ...
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Topological Nim

You and your friend's new favorite game is "topological nim": You take your favorite compact metric space $X$ and a radius $r$. Each player removes an open disk of radius $r$ from the space ...
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Buzzword Bingo Boss Battle!

Two bosses of different companies take turns delivering long speeches. Every speech much “claim” at least one unused square by uttering the corresponding buzzword(s) in the table below. Victory is ...
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Can you Turn MI to MU?

Using the letters M, I, and U, which can be used to create words. Can you turn MI into MU using in each step one of the following rules: Insert a U to the end of a word ending in I. e.g: MI becomes ...
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Noughts and Crosses puzzle

Eques and Knott are playing a game of standard 3x3 Noughts and Crosses. At no stage of the game has Eques threatened to complete a row of three on his very next turn. Suddenly Knott realises he must ...
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Simple game of dice - what is the optimal strategy?

The game is pretty simple, whoever reaches 50 first wins, but there are a few important details: 2 players, one die. Players take turns. Rolled values are simply added up If you roll a 6, however, ...
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Achieve the best outcome by a tactical statement

This puzzle is taken from Schelling's Game Theory: How to Make Decisions by R.V. Dodge, in which bargaining power is gained, paradoxically, by burning bridges and removing options for oneself. Here it ...
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The sadistic chieftain and the lethal truel game

In an adventure to a remote island, you get caught by the xenophobic locals and are about to be executed. But the tribe chieftain, known for his sadistic taste, suddenly changes his mind. "I'll ...
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Ways to destroy a Square Matrix [closed]

Sherlock is solving a case where he came across a puzzle. Suppose you are given a square matrix of size $N$, and a gun with Power $F$. Every cell in the matrix is filled with some number, $x$ (...
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Variant of lion and 100 zebras

Note: This problem remains unsolved, as of 19 April 2020, so do try it out. 400 rep bounty guaranteed for a correct answer This a variation of this question by @Gamow Suppose there are $100$ lions ...
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Lock code game puzzle

I'm trying to solve a lock 3 code game, Can You Crack The Code. From time to time I find myself presented with a puzzle that has 2 possible solutions, but the game only allows one correct answer. For ...
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Who would be the first to defeat an abundant number?

Rupert and Jenny are playing a game. Each player's score starts out as the number $94083986096100$, which is the square of the product of the first 8 primes and therefore has a lot of divisors. We'll ...
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playing “Coins on a table” against a distracted friend [duplicate]

This puzzle is a follow-up of Coins on a table (warning: the link contains the answer to the original question). You are playing a game against your friend Alice: first Alice places one coin on a ...
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Equal distribution of coins to pirates

Ten pirates are sitting around a table. Each of them has an even number of coins. At order of the captain, each pirate passes half of his coins to the neighbor to the right. After that round, each ...
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Removing green marbles from the table

Alice and Bob play the following game that starts with $N\ge3$ green marbles on the table. Alice and Bob move alternatingly. Alice makes the first move. In this first move, Alice removes $x$ green ...
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99 numbers on the blackboard

The numbers 1,2,3, ..., 99 are written on the blackboard. Alice and Bob play the following game, taking turns. Alice starts. At every turn, each player removes one number until two numbers are ...
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A Logician's Game of UNO Flip

Two players are in the middle of an ongoing one-on-one game of UNO Flip, with all its standard rules in effect. Play is currently Light Side Up. It is Player B's turn. Player A has 3 cards remaining, ...
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Unsolvable sudoku net with maximum blocks

Definitions For a $9\times9$ grid $G$ (not necessarily respecting sudoku rules), a subset of cells $S$ is defined to be sudoku-friendly if the values in $S$ do not contradict the rules of sudoku. ...
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Russian roulette

You are challenged to a game of Russian roulette. Your opponent places two bullets side by side in a six chamber revolver and spins the chamber. She explains that the game is single turn-based and ...
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How many people are there?

This is a variation of an old puzzle. The game starts with several people sitting in a circle, everyone facing the back of another person. They are all wearing blind folds, so nobody can see anyone ...
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Masyu-making game

Two players are playing a game on a $4\times4$ board. The players take turns adding either a white circle or a black circle into any empty square, so that the board makes a solvable masyu puzzle (with ...
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The 100 soldier problem

I saw this problem many years ago. I am sure many puzzlers will know its original name. I was reminded of it when reading about Conquering of Regions problem. A Strategy Game Involving Conquering of ...
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Clear board in Othello (Generalisation)

Based on Clear board in Othello If we have an $2m\times 2n$ Othello board ($m\geq n\geq 2$), and the centre $4$ squares have the usual starting position, then for what all values of $m$ and $n$ ...
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Clear board in Othello

Is there a valid set of moves in Othello that allows a win score of 64-0 for either player? And is there record of any such game in the past?
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Marbles on a Mancala Board

I would like to introduce an ancient African board game I've just invented. Until someone comes up with a better name, it's called Marble Mancala. The rules are pretty simple: There are two ...
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Master and Slave versus Bob: hard version

Continuation of: "Sub-puzzle: Master and Slave versus Bob the Violent but Honest Psychopath" and "Master and Slave versus Bob: easy version" The hard version is identical to the easy version (see ...
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Alice and Bob play at cards

To pass the time Alice and Bob play a simple game of chance where cards are drawn in pairs from a shuffled standard 52-card deck. If two red cards are drawn Alice wins the round. If two black cards ...
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Positioning cards labeled with numbers from 0-9

Ann and Bob play a game. On a table there are 10 cards which are labeled with number from 0 to 9 each. Bob is allowed to change the position of the cards with a sequence of his preference. When he is ...
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Game Night at the Binomial Elks Club

The Binomial Elks Club, being predominantly composed of ambitious and competitive personalities, often held game nights in which members enjoyed battling each other for high stakes and bragging rights....
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A pile of chips involving powers of 2

Ann and Bob play alternately on a pile of chips. On each play, any number of chips, which is a power of 2 (including 1=$2^0$), can be removed from the pile. Obviously the number of chips to be removed ...
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A pile of chips involving primes

Ann and Bob play alternately on a pile of chips. On each play, either 1, 2 or 3 chips can be removed except if the number of chips is a prime number. In that case either 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 chips can be ...
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Reverse dots and boxes – Guess the last move

Alice and Bob are playing a game of reverse dots and boxes. The players take turns adding one horizontal or vertical line of size 1 in one free spot on the grid (marked with light gray lines ...
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Need help with an online puzzle / riddle

I found this online riddle at m4tr1x.ws, but now I am stuck. It seems you need to gain deeper and deeper access to this virtual Matrix-style computer system. First you need to create an account via ...
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Reverse dots and… cubes? - Snowflake edition

A Reverse dots-and-boxes puzzle inspired by @jafe Albert and Robinson are playing a game of reverse dots and boxes. The players take turns adding one plane in one free spot on the grid (...
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Reverse dots and boxes, swastika edition

Alistair and Roberta are playing a game of reverse dots and boxes. The players take turns adding one horizontal or vertical line in one free spot on the grid (marked with light gray lines in ...
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The maximum number of SETs with six cards

The SET game works with a deck of $81$ cards. Each card contains a set of symbols with four attributes: color (red, green, purple), shading (empty, striped, or solid), shape (oval, squiggle, or ...
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Reverse dots and boxes

Alice and Bob are playing a game of reverse dots and boxes. The rules are simple: The players take turns adding one horizontal or vertical line in one free spot on the grid (marked with light ...
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Tactical Domino Placement Game

Alice and Bob take turns to place regular dominoes into a $7\times8$ board. The first player who cannot go loses. Is there a winning strategy for either player? Note that in this version the pips on ...
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Optimal play for 2 by 2 dots and boxes

Consider the classic pencil and paper game Dots and Boxes . You can assume the 2 by 2 version (that is with 9 dots). Starting with an empty grid of dots, players take turns, adding a single ...
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I'm a Proper Divisor

Ann and Bob are playing a number game. Ann starts with the number 60. Then she subtracts a proper divisor of 60 from it. Bob then takes the number Ann made and subtracts one of its proper divisors ...
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Knight on a 5 by 5 board

Alice and Bob play a game with a $5\times 5$ chessboard, and a chess knight. Alice begins by placing the knight somewhere on the board. Then, starting with Bob, the players alternate moving the knight ...
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Guessing a number with 250 divisors

Alice and Bob play the following number guessing game. First Alice picks an integer $n$ with exactly $250$ positive divisors. These divisors include $1$ and $n$, and are denoted as $1=d_1<d_2<...
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No point shuffling, just pick your cards

Alice and Bob are playing a card game with the following rules: Alice selects two piles of 3 cards from a standard 52-card deck and places the piles in front of her, face up. Bob can see these ...

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