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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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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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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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Haydn and Beethoven are celebrating Mozart's birthday

They decided the following game is suitable to the occasion: taking alternating turns they say numbers, keeping the following rules: In the first turn, Haydn says the number $2$. After that, the ...
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Rubik's cube two-person game

I will define the game as follows: There are two players, the "Solver" and the "Unsolver". The Solver's goal is to return the cube to it's standard solved state. Likewise, the Unsolver's goal is to ...
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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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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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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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Cutting three sticks

Cosmo plays the following (single-player) game with three wooden sticks: He first checks whether he can form a triangle from the three sticks (which means: whether the longest stick is at most as ...
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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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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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Tic-Tac-Toe Without a Predefined Board

On a warm and uneventful summer day, John and Mary passed the time by playing games of Tic-Tac-Toe, taking sticks and drawing in the soil. John and Mary are both child prodigies, so within two rounds ...
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Money Game with $1025$ cards

Alice is playing a game with Bob. They have $1025$ cards, with the numbers $0,1,2,\cdots , 1024$ written on them. Each card contains exactly one number and each number is written on exactly one card. ...
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The Number Guessing Game

Two people are playing an interesting form of a number guessing game, with the following rules: One person is the guesser, and one person is the thinker. The thinker thinks of a number from 1 ...
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Rook Game on a Chessboard - Take 2

This question is inspired by this puzzle. You have an $m \times n$ chessboard with $m \le n$. Alice and Bob alternately move the rook (horizontally or vertically, through any number of squares). As ...
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Four stones on a Go-board

On a standard $19\times19$ Go-board there are four stones: two white stones in the lower left and the upper right corner, and two black stones in the lower right and the upper left corner. Alice (...
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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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Spider and fly on a cube

A spider and a fly play a game with a cube of side length $s=1$ and with a positive real number $d$. First, the spider picks its starting point $S$ somewhere on the surface of the cube. Then the fly ...
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How long can this list of numbers get?

One afternoon, you start writing some whole numbers on a (very large) sheet of paper. First you write a one-digit number, then a two-digit, and so on, with each number one digit longer than the last. ...
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Making a 10 digit number divisible by 3

Alice and Bob play the following game, taking turns. Alice starts and writes a single digit from 0 to 9 at the blackboard. At every turn, each player adds a single digit at the right of the current ...
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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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What's the optimal score in the MU-game?

Mary and Ursula play a game by alternately writing letters into a $9\times9$ grid. In every move, the player picks an empty square and then writes her initial letter (M or U) into it. Mary has the ...
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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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What is the name of this line-connecting game?

Can you tell me what is the name of the game I used to play in school? It's a game for two players. You need grid paper and two pens. The game is played on a 10x10 arena, shifted by half a grid to one ...
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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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Strategy to beat the Casino reversed

Let's consider Strategy to beat the Casino puzzle, but reverse it - fix number of losses and ask a question about amount of rounds: Two players, A and B, and the Casino play a game. The game consists ...
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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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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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Winning strategy in a calendar game

Consider a two-player game. The players move in turns to pick either a month or a day. The winner is the player who picks the date December 31 ($12/31$). The following rules apply: The game starts ...
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Who wins the AI-game?

Anna and Isadora play a game by writing letters on the blackboard. In the first round, Anna starts by writing down the letter $A$ or the letter $I$. In the $n$-th round with $2\le n\le 999$, Anna ...
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Outmaneuver your opponents in the duel

A, B and C are in a three way duel. Starting with A, they rotate in the order of A-B-C, each firing one shot at a time. They stand close to one another, so that each can kill one of the others or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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A Tic-Tac-Toe variant with three marks - winning strategy and chances

We start with a usual $3 \times 3$ grid, $3$ different marks (say, $X, O, I$) and $2$ players. Player $A$ has to make a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line made of $3$ identical marks (XXX, OOO or ...
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Dim - A Game with Pebbles

Alice and Bob play a game with a pile of $n$ pebbles. They take turns, with Alice going first. On their turn, a player can remove any number of stones from the pile which is a proper divisor of the ...
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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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Birthday girl's casino game

My daughter's birthday is coming up. Here's a fun party game we can play to celebrate. (Bring your wallet!) I have a pair of 6-sided dice, and a standard deck of 52 cards. You place your ...
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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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20 coins on the table

Two boys , Brian and Gabe, decide to play a game. They lay 20 coins on the table. Each player took turns taking 1, 2, or 3 coins. Whoever took the last coin won. Brian thought if he went first, he'd ...
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Fight Battle 21

Based off a very, very well-known puzzle The new RPG, Fight Battle 21, is now here! Now with the same three characters as the previous 20 editions! Knight: 6 HP, 60% chance to deal 3 damage Archer: ...
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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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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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Lights out game on a chessboard

Alice and Bob play a game with an 8×8 grid of lights, all initially on. They take turns choosing a light which is on and turning it off, with Alice going first. However, the grid is rigged such that ...