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Strategy to beat the casino over the long haul

$A$ and $B$ are attempting to beat the casino again, and the rules are the same: Each round, $A$, $B$, and the casino simultaneously decide to show a $0$ or a $1$. If all three numbers match, $A$ ...
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Say 100 and win

Our good friends that like games, Alice and Bob, play a game called "Say 100 and win". The rules are: In the beginning they use one regular 6 faced die to get a random number between 1 and 6. Let's ...
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A game with 330 pebbles

Anastasia and Barnabas play a game that starts with $330$ pebbles in a bowl. The game consists of two phases. The first phase looks as follows: First Anastasia announces an integer $A$ with $2\le A\...
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Strategy to beat the Casino

Two players, $A$ and $B$, and the Casino play a game. It involves showing zeros or ones: each player picks $0/1$ and also the Casino picks $0/1$. If the Casino and both players $A$ and $B$ show the ...
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tuco, Blondie and Sentenza play a game with a single die. Tuco has the first roll, then Blondie, and then Sentenza, and so on. As soon as a player tosses a six, that player drops out of the game and ...
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A matchstick game

On the table there is a $9\times9$ grid made of matchsticks, so that each of the $81$ little squares is bordered by exactly four matchsticks. Alice and Bob play the following game. Alice and Bob move ...
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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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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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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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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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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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A game with 52 cards

Alice and Bob play the following game with two (identical) standard decks of $52$ cards. First Alice secretly arranges one deck of $52$ cards in a long row on the table. All cards are face-down, and ...
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Titanicker Tic-Tac-Toe

This is something of a follow-on to Hugh Meyer's enjoyable "Titanic Tic-Tac-Toe." Fortunately, our intrepid heroes Xavier and Oliver have wrested away a bit of wreckage that some fellow named Jack was ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Let's revisit this later (a two player knight's game)

Alice and Bob play a game on the following irregular chessboard. (Note the blacked out squares are not legal moves.) Alice starts the game by placing a knight on any square she chooses. They then ...
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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 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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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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The knight's game

Alice and Bob play the following game on a standard $8\times8$ chessboard. In the very beginning, Alice picks a square on the chessboard and places a knight on this square. Then Bob and Alice ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Greedy Chocolate Eaters

Alicia and Bobby play a game with a rectangular chocolate bar, scored into an $m$ by $n$ grid of squares. The children alternate turns, with Alicia going first. On a child's turn, they must break ...
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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 ...