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Questions tagged [strategy]

A puzzle whose solution is a methodological plan of action for realizing a specific goal.

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100 prisoners' names in boxes, against smart warden

My question, which I do not know the answer to, concerns the classic 100 prisoners and 100 boxes puzzle, summarized below. The solution to this assumes the names are placed in boxes randomly, and gets ...
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Wolves and sheep

All the sheep were living peacefully in the Land of Shewo. But suddenly they were struck by a danger. A few wolves dressed up as sheep entered the territory of Shewo and started killing the sheep one ...
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Blindfold Bingo

Congratulations, you have been selected from among the audience to compete in the fabulous Blindfold Bingo challenge! (cue annoying, yet catchy theme music.) Here you see our perfectly ordinary Bingo ...
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“Balls in Boxes in a Sack” Weighing Problem

This puzzle is based on a competitive programming problem in SG NOI 2019. Let's assume there are $100$ balls with some labels (e.g. with $100$ different marks on them) having different weights of ...
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Writing differences on a blackboard

The numbers 25 and 36 are written on a blackboard. At each turn, a player writes on the blackboard the (positive) difference between two numbers already on the blackboard, if this number does not ...
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Keeping a ball lost forever

Suppose you can make a rectangular maze, where each cell (apart from the bottom-right) can contain an arrow in one of the four directions (up, down, left or right) of your choosing, except for those ...
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What other strategies can I use with this sudoku puzzle?

I have a sudoku puzzle that I have been doing for 270 hours. I never guess numbers and always thought that every move in sudoku had to have a logical explanation. Until the app generated this random ...
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$n$ buttons on a table

A generalization of Four buttons on a table: In a certain room there is a rotating round table, with 4 symmetrically located indistinguishable buttons. Each button can be either ”on” or ”off”, ...
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Finding a line on a plane

Imagine you are on an (in)finite 2d-plane (and confined to walk on it). There's a straight line somewhere on the plane, but you don't know where it is and neither can you find it by looking from afar. ...
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Pick and roll and guess

The caretakers in a Home for the Golden Agers decided to have a guessing game for the old fellows. Two partner teams shall play the game and the winners shall have free access to the fridge for 1 week....
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Another variation of the game of Nim

Two players set several piles of chips. The piles are arranged in a row from left to right. By turns each player takes one chip from one of the piles and adds at will as many chips as he/she wishes (...
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What is the optimal strategy for this triangular board game?

I saw a board game somewhere and I want to know the optimal strategy for it. The game is played on a triangular board with 21 slots: The two players, red and blue, take turns to put numbered circles ...
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Guess the coin toss [duplicate]

You and your friend are put in two different rooms with just a coin and no way to communicate. You both toss the coin at the same time. Your task is for at least one of you to guess correctly what ...
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Important steps and strategies for solving puzzles [closed]

What are the necessary steps for solving any puzzle?
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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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Card game rigging

You and your friend are playing a game with a deck of cards numbered 1 to N. You will first put the deck of cards in whatever order you want. Next your friend will choose an option: "A" or "B". ...
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Space saving dish washing

There are some stacks of dishes on the left side of the sink. There aren't any on the right side. A larger dish can never go on top of a smaller dish (this is valid for all stacks on both left and ...
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What are some tips to solve an environmental-based enigmatic puzzle (EBEP's)?

First, some rough definitions: enigmatic puzzle: a problem where the goal / answer should be well-defined (e.g. enter a certain word or phrase into an form which is accepted; find a clue to a ...
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Maxit negotiations

Your military junta has recently overthrown the government of Malta and taken control of the small island nation. As a way to finance your wise and just dictatorship, you have decided to threaten the ...
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lolcatz can haz ur infinit cheeseboard

This is a problem on an infinite chessboard with pieces called lolcatz. They can move like queens or knightriders, but have a strange disadvantage... ... you've never heard of knightriders? Well, ...
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Rullo solving strategy for 2-4

How to eliminate/nominate candidates without guessing? For the 3s it's quite easy because of the odd numbers but how to get further?! For thoose who don't know the game, here's a short introduction:...
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Master and Slave versus Bob: easy version

Continuation of: "Sub-puzzle: Master and Slave versus Bob the Violent but Honest Psychopath" Continued in: "Master and Slave versus Bob: hard version" Previously I described a game that is played ...
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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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Sub-puzzle: Master and Slave versus Bob the Violent but Honest Psychopath

[I created this as a sub-puzzle to "Strategy to beat the Casino reversed", that has been sitting unsolved for months. You may wish to read that puzzle first, but this is self-contained. My answer to ...
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Another 'Find the Path' Puzzle

Based on user477343's Find the Path puzzle I have produced a slightly larger puzzle based on a similar mechanic. Goal is as follows: Draw a continuous path between the two red dots. The path must ...
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A “Find the Path” Puzzle

I invented a puzzle, inspired by Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection. Is there anything that it could improve on? Was it too easy, or was it too hard? Anything I could add? What must I call it? ...
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If you have 3 random numbers between 1 and 27 can guess the fourth?

Problem: Ashley and Ivan want to impress their friends and come up with a magic trick: One of their classmates comes up with 4 unique random numbers between 1 and 27 and tells them to Ivan. Ivan ...
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How to make a 2v2 rotation with 5 people

I'm running a volleyball club at school and we currently have 5 active members. Is there a way of having everybody play in a duo with everybody else and have one person sit out each game practising? I ...
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Are there basic weighing puzzles requiring adaptive strategies?

Let us define a basic weighing puzzle as such: There are <number> identical balls, except one weighs <more/less/a different amount than the others> A balance scale may be used to weigh two ...
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Classic 2 Guards But With 3 Doors Instead

So the rules are almost the same : You get to ask just one question to whichever guard you want to (just 1 guard; asking both guards is not allowed) There are 2 guards, one tells the truth and ...
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Best strategy for Multiple Blindfolded 3x3 Rubik's Cube event (WCA)

The MBLD event is quite hard on the technique and the memory , testing the 3x3 Blindfolded method. The cube placement strategy as discussed by few officials stand at : Cube Placement The other ...
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Strategy in Coloring a 4x4 empty grid and the one who completes any 2x2 area of the grid is the loser

Alice and Bob are playing the following game: They have a 4x4 empty grid and take turns coloring one square each, starting with Alice. Assume that both players will colour the squares in with the same ...
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Single-pile Nim with Three Players

Three perfectly rational logicians (Alice, Bob and a Quetzalcoatlus) are playing a game. (Charlie couldn't make it, so he asked the Quetzalcoatlus to fill in for him.) The rules are very simple: ...
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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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Radioactive River

You, Alice, Bob, Charlie, Daniel, Elisa, Fred, and Greg are playing a cooperative game called Radioactive River. They have to get across a 20 meter carpet/radioactive river, and they only have: 3 ...
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I Have To Be With Them!

It's almost time for another year of school! But before school starts, Principal Little needs to form classes. Because there are so many people in a class, the parents are always complaining, asking ...
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Guffin factory regulated heist

I work at a guffin factory. I manufacture guffins and have an unlimited access to guffin storage. I can fit up to 20 guffins in my bag, get them home from the factory and nobody will chase me. You ...
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Solution or Origin of logic puzzle

This is not my puzzle and I do not know the solution. This was shared to me by a friend. Their former boss told them this riddle. I was told this question originated from Steven's Institute of ...
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$\verb|Eight Circles|$

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #37: Rare and Endangered 1 Materials Pencil; Eraser; Blank A4 sheet of paper; and A ruler (also to use as a straightedge). Puzzle: Draw a square with a side-...
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Domino Tiling Game

Two players are presented an $n\times n$ grid. They take turns placing a piece on the board until no more moves are possible. The last player able to make a move is the winner. The pieces are $2\times ...
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A dice game, what is the optimal strategy?

Alice was walking on the street when she came across a man playing with a die. She could not help trying to check if the die was loaded and while she was concluding that it wasn't loaded, the man ...
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Clearing the Robot Museum

The grand opening of the Collapsible Robot Museum is just 1 week away in the robot nation of Robotia. The museum is unique because shortly after the museum closes, the building collapses into a flat ...
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Data Sharing Between 3 Players [closed]

Consider a situation in which two companies hold data about individuals: the first company holds individual's names, and their age. The second company also holds the individual's name, but instead of ...
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Snakes on a Plane!! 2

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Inspired by the title of this xkcd comic, but in no way related or affiliated beyond the shared name. It's a well known fact that any ...
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Ten users, three lights but it's a chatroom

This is a variant of the classic problem of m prisoners n lights. (Example may be found here but note that the requirements are not exactly the same) The goal for you, however, is different. You want ...
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Ten users, ten deadly collars and three lights [duplicate]

One day, 10 puzzling.SE users, including you, find yourselves in a horrible prison. Each of you has a deadly collar, presently lethal. It is safe to take off only when all of the 10 collars have been ...
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Two person game, choosing an integer between 1 and 30?

Suppose two players are playing a game. The first player chose an integer, n st. $n \in \left\{ 1,\ldots ,30\right\}$. The second player picks a different one. After that, a random integer x st. $x \...
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Optimal number of weightings in marble problem

Consider $N$ pieces of marble. The pieces of marble look identical to one another. One of the pieces is heavier than the other. In other words, out of the $N$ pieces, $N-1$ have the same weight and $1$...
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Foolproof double betting

Just made up a problem. Have ideas, but no proof yet – came here for professional help. Tonight an important match of Metagame (box/football/baseball/chess) takes place. Everyone is hyped. Everyone ...
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Variant to Minesweeper

The following game is a variant of minesweeper: There is a 7 by 7 grid of squares. Each square either has a skull or a number indicating the number of squares containing skulls surrounding that ...