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Two players playing the SET game

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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Addition hangman

Addition Hangman is a game for two players. The rules are The first player (the Chooser) chooses an addition problem $x+y=z$, where $x$, $y$, and $z$ are positive integers. He writes the addition $x+...
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Stakes on a table [duplicate]

Two men sat at a square table, each with a very large number of stakes. They had entered a contest of wits, or so they called it. The winner of the contest would be the last person to place a stake ...
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The Finger Game

There's a game called the finger game. It's played by two players who each start with one finger on each hand up. The players take turns using one of their hands to tap one of their opponent's hands. ...
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Heaps of marbles

Alice and Bob play the following game with two heaps of $10,000$ and $20,000$ marbles. Alice and Bob move alternatingly. Alice makes the first move. In every move, the active player may (i) either ...
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Titanic Tic-Tac-Toe

Xavier and Oliver were playing tic-tac-toe on the Titanic using a wooden board and metal X's and O's. As the stern of the ship sank lower and lower they found, to their annoyance, that the pieces ...
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Find the minimum number of guesses

Your friend will pick a 4-letter word and you will make guesses in order to find it. -A word can contain only the letters A, B, C, and D, and they can be used more than once. (AAAA-DDDD). -In your ...
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Two prisoners and the prison ward

Two prisoners are imprisoned at opposite ends of the prison. They cannot meet, nor exchange any kind of information. However, one day they are brought together by the ward who tells them: "I shall ...
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The match between the seventh and the eighth player

12 players took part in a chess tournament and any two of them played exactly one match against each other (1 point for victory, 1/2 point for draw, 0 point for loss). After the tournament the top-...
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Making all stones black [duplicate]

1000 white stones and 1 black stone are arranged in a row. A move consists in selecting one black stone and changing the color of the 2 neighbouring stones (or changing the color of 1 neighboring ...
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The game with cookies on a red and a blue plate

Aabzaari and Basharat play a game, alternating turns with Aabzaari going first. At the start of the game, there are 20 cookies on a red plate and 14 cookies on a blue plate. A legal move consists in ...
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The game of 1036

Mahmoud and Zomhan play a game where they alternatively write numbers on a board. In each turn, a player takes the old number $N$ written on the board and replaces it either by the number $T$ of ...
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Squic Squac Squo

Two players take turns writing an X (first player) or an O (second player) in a 9 by 9 grid of cells. A player wins if they manage to occupy four cells which form the vertices of a square of any ...
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Removing chips from the table

Alice and Bob play the following game with $n\ge2016$ chips on the table. Alice and Bob move alternatingly. Alice makes the first move. In every move, the active player removes $k$ chips from the ...
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Largest tile possible in 1597 (2048 with Fibonacci numbers)

1597 or 2584 is a variation of the game 2048 where pairs of tiles numbered with consecutive values in the Fibonacci sequence are merged into a new tile with the next value in the sequence. An ...
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Twenty coins and no balance

On the table there are $20$ coins that carry the letters $A,B,C,\ldots,T$. The values of these coins are $1,2,3,\ldots,20$ Euro (but the assignment of values to letters is secret). Fredo knows the ...
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Pop the Last Bubble

Having bested the silly clown, you go to your packaging job. It is a slow day, so you decide to teach the game you learned to one of your coworkers. There are no balloons around, so you use bubble ...
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Optimal game of Bluff (not the wikipedia one)

Rules Basics 52 well shuffled cards are dealt equally to both players. Player 1 starts the first hand. The game consists of a number of rounds, which are played as follows. On each round, players ...
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Pop the Last Balloon

A clown approaches you, holding 99 red balloons. He proposes a game where the two of you will take turns popping some nonzero number of balloons. The only restrictions are: On the first turn, the ...
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A lonely pawn on the chessboard

Alice and Bob and the referee Conny play the following game with a pawn on a standard $8\times8$ chessboard: In the beginning, Conny places the pawn into the center of a randomly chosen square. All $...
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Blackboard problem with polynomial

The blackboard contains the two numbers 0 and 120. Each minute you are allowed to write an additional number $ x $ on the blackboard if $ x$ has not been written before on the blackboard and if $ x $ ...
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A prime number game

Alice and Bob play the following game on a $9\times11$ chessboard. First Alice divides the chessboard into $33$ smaller rectangles of dimensions $1\times3$ and $3\times1$. Then Bob labels each of ...
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Precision Tag - can the lion win?

This is a spin-off motivated by Lopsy's interesting variant of Gamow's lion and zebras puzzle. It arose from a line of enquiry that tried to extend the vertical run past 5000km (or characterise the ...
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Blackboard cleaning

The blackboard contains 30 integer numbers from 1..2000. Each minute you are allowed to elect some positive integer number x and subtract x from some (chosen by you) of the numbers on the blackboard ...
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Ninety-nine non-negative numbers

Alice and Bob play the following game with $99$ numbers $M_1,\ldots,M_{99}$. In the beginning, the $99$ numbers take the values $1,2,4,8,16,\ldots,2^{97},2^{98}$. Then Alice and Bob alternatingly ...
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The Devil's Brother

The 1933 movie "The Devil's Brother" (also known under the title "Fra Diavolo") takes place in the Northern Italy of the early 18th century. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy play the fierce robbers ...
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Rock-paper-scissors

Sheldon, Leonard and Wolowitz play a sizzling game of rock-paper-scissors for three players. In every round, each player simultaneously shows one of the three shapes. Rock beats scissors, scissors ...
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How to beat Count Dracula

Abraham Van Helsing and Jonathan Harker play a game against Count Dracula. The three players agree on the following rules: Count Dracula and Van Helsing enter the crypt, while Jonathan Harker ...
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Alice, Bob and Carol, and many cookies

Alice, Bob and Carol sit around a round table. Initially Alice has $n$ cookies, while Bob and Carol have none. Alice divides her cookies evenly between Bob and Carol; if there is a leftover cookie (as ...
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Five-hand poker

Both players are dealt $26$ cards from a regular $52$ card deck. He discards $1$ and makes $5$ hands (from the remaining $25$) in any order, each with $5$ cards. His score is given by the sum of ...
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The Buzzer Game [closed]

Two players, A and B, are each given air horns. Also present is a device which will at some random point produce a noise. If the device produces a noise before either player, they die. If both players ...
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The Trickster's Game

While walking around the streets of your local city, you encounter a strange woman sitting atop a gigantic pile of dollar coins. "Would you like to play a game?" she asks. Intrigued by the strange ...
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Non-Greedy Chocolate Eaters

A variant of Greedy Chocolate Eaters (created by my significant other, who doesn't like chocolate all that much) Alice and Bob are playing a game with a rectangular bar of chocolate scored into $m \...
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Rocks and Lever (Game) - Goofspiel

I am not sure if there is a name associated with this game but I do not know of one. There was this 2 player game I had once played, and I am wondering if there is a winning strategy. The game is as ...
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Golden Pancakes

Alice and Bob play a game with two stacks of fluffy, golden pancakes, of sizes $p$ and $q$. They alternate turns, with Alice starting. On their turn, a player must eat some number of pancakes from ...
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Unsolvable static minesweeper puzzle? (+ 3D twist!)

You have an $m$ by $n$ rectangular grid. Each cell may contain a single bomb or a number (or neither, but not both). If a cell has no bomb and is adjacent (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) to ...
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Chomp (Game with a Poisoned Chocolate Bar)

In the game of Chomp, two players start with a chocolate bar, which is scored into an $a$ by $b$ array of squares (where $a\cdot b>1$). The square in the lower left is poisoned. The players ...
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Game against the Devil

While browsing through S.E you notice a spider crawl right out from under your keyboard! Startled, you twitch your hand and left clicked your mouse. You look up in shock as you notice that you just ...
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Alternate Face Up Poker with Alice and Bob (on the floor)

I was so convinced that the "correct" answers to this excellent question were wrong that I took out a deck of cards to prove it. Then I realised that I was changing one of the rules. So here's the ...
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Face Up Poker with Alice and Bob

Alice and Bob are going to have a poker night. They have invented a variant where there are no secrets, and no randomness, called Face-Up Poker. Here's how it works. A standard 52 card deck is ...
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eXtreme Nim: A Game With *Lots* of Pebbles

Two children are playing a game with several piles of rocks. Each turn they do the following: They choose some pile of rocks. They count how many rocks are in this - let this be $n$. We remove this ...
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Unsportsmanlike Aliens

It was the first meeting of the humans and the aliens, and things were going well: The humans and aliens had learned to understand each other's language and found that both were hoping for a peaceful ...
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Eat sweets and start your own business!

The manager of the local sweetshop, one Minty Ball, has announced a grand closing down sale. They sell $n$ varieties of sweets: toffees, sherbets, fudge, and so on. Let's just call the varieties $V_1,\...
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Devious auction game

Saw this on TV today: A man is auctioning a real $20\$$ bill. There are a vast number of bidders. A person may make as many bids as he wants. The starting bid is $5\$$. No $2$ bids must be ...
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A two-player game

This is from the current weekly math challenge from the newspaper Le Monde. Alice and Bob play the following game, in turn: A number between $1$ and $10$ is written on a blackboard. At each of their ...
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Blessings of Ares

Two gladiators are about to do battle in the coliseum. Before the battle, they enter separate rooms and pray to Ares, the god of war. Ares blesses them each with random amount of power, which you can ...
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The Impossible Game?

You meet a clever, and dark man. He wants to steal your mind and sell it to the dumbies (an imaginary species of shadows that have an IQ of less than -150) He offers you to play a game, if you win, ...
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Tree-pruning game with the devil

You won the coin-flipping game against Satan, but being the devil he is, he decided that that game was much too easy, and reneges on his promise to let you go. Instead, he gives you a new, more ...
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Checkers with the devil

After however much inordinate time passed for the tree-pruning game to finish, you ended up winning, and Satan was infuriated. He was sure he'd come up with a game keep you in hell. But once again, ...
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2 bishops versus a lone king

There are 4 pieces on the board, the white and black kings, as well as 2 white bishops (on differently colored squares). The only way a stalemate occurs is if the black king is not in check, but ...