Questions tagged [strategy]

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

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Wikipedia's degree of Kevin Bacon [closed]

My challenge to you is to get from the Ghengis Khan page on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genghis_Khan to the sharpie page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpie_(marker) using only ...
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How to solve sitting arrangement questions with 100% accuracy?

There are questions of sitting arrangement like persons sitting in a circular arrangement facing inward/outward or both, or a linear arrangement or box arrangement etc. Sometimes a few data points are ...
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The Resistor Game Show

You were one of $n$ contestants chosen to participate in a game show. Each of you will secretly select a resistor of your choice, with a resistance between 0.01 and 10,000,000 ohms. Once everyone has ...
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By what rules are they changing the switch?

First of all, I don't know the answer to this question; I have some ideas, but nothing rigorous. Apologies if it's not on-topic. I have solved the puzzle now. Suppose there is a light switch in a room....
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What's the optimal strategy for Wordle?

Wordle is a game by Josh Wardle in which you try to guess a 5-letter word in at most six attempts. After each guess, the letters which are not in the word are highlighted in grey, the letters which ...
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How can the princess escape the prince?

This is the story of the sister of the princess in this puzzle. I will shamelessly copy-paste some parts of this post. I have no reference to give for this version as I adapted a Computer Science ...
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Form an equilateral triangle

Alice and Bob take turns to mark points in $\mathbb{R^2}$ (i.e. infinite 2D plane). Alice can only mark $1$ point on her turn, while Bob can mark $4$ points. They're free to mark their points anywhere ...
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Can Alice form a unit square?

Alice and Bob take turns to mark points in $\mathbb{R^2}$ (i.e. infinite 2D plane). Alice can only mark $1$ point on her turn, while Bob can mark $N$. They're free to mark their points anywhere as ...
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Removing coins from a pile depending on the previous move

Alice and Bob play a game taking turns. There is one pile of $n\geq2$ identical coins on a table. Alice starts and with her first move she takes away at least one coin from the pile, but not all of ...
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Minimum number of questions?

This is an interesting puzzle which I've been racking my brain to solve for some time. I've found different variations of this puzzle but it does not seem like this one has been asked before. Here it ...
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Card game with equal piles

You and your friend have come up with a new two-player card game. There are 15 distinct cards numbered 1 to 15. The first player orders the cards in some order of his choice and places them face down ...
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Inferrence strategies for hidden pieces on a chessboard

This is a potentially off-topic question, however, the reason I'm asking it here is in the hope of gaining the perspective of puzzlers in tackling such a problem. That is, I am more interested in the ...
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Alice and Bob play neighboring sums game version 2

Alice and Bob are playing the neighboring game which is originally a single person game with the aim of getting the highest points at the end. You start with an empty 4x4 grid. At each turn, you can ...
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Police and Thieves

I played this game when I was young, but cannot find it online. It is played on a checkers board (e.g. the black squares of a chess board) between two players P and T. The game goes as follows: P ...
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Can the cop catch the thief?

The cop and the thief, both mathematical points, live in an open interval $(0,1)\subset \mathbb{R}$. That is, their universe is a line segment of length 1 without the 2 endpoints. We know that both ...
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Pawns and kings, what is the optimal play for white?

White to move. Source: wu riddles
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Blindfold Tic-Tac-Toe

You are playing the classic game of 3x3 Tic-Tac-Toe. You are blindfolded and you cannot see the grid, while your opponent can see it. When making a move you call out a cell. If that cell is taken you ...
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Egg drop problem for infinite floors [closed]

This is a modification of the infamous egg drop problem, which I have seen formulated as in the following manner: Given $e$ eggs and a building of $f$ floors, how can we find the lowest floor at ...
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What is the most STAMINA-efficient strategy to escape the well?

You are roleplaying as an adventurer under the direction of a sadistic DM who has just thrown your character down a well. In order to escape, you have unlimited chances at a STAMINA check, difficulty ...
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Three-player Nim

Suppose I'm forced to enter the game of nim with two players who are perfectly logical people. The rules is simple: We play a set number of rounds. In every round, a random number of marbles (between ...
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Longest chain of checks and captures

On a standard size chessboard, with white to move, make a configuration of chess pieces and moves, so that with every move by white the black king repeatedly becomes checked. With every move black ...
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Remove the magic from a 3x3 Magic Square

It's commonly stated that there is only one solution to the 3x3 magic square. This is simply because every variant found is simply a rotation, reflection or both of any other variant. Once such ...
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The Thieves and the Gold Bars II: Greed and Distrust

Two thieves, Bo and Jo, steal 7 gold bars and are driving away when their car is wrecked in an accident. They-and the loot- is intact. They are at Point A at 8 PM and must go to Point B which is 1 ...
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Scrabble with prime numbers!

How to Play Overall, gameplay is very similar to typical Scrabble; however, unlike typical Scrabble, you'll be using digits instead of letters (we'll cover your tile bag later). The objective is to ...
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Clearing the Snakes

While space was being cleared for a new building, a bunch of scitales came out of the water to munch on the worker's lunches, before falling asleep in the way of everything. You, having a knack for ...
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Can you destroy the kingdom without getting caught?

You are a shapeshifter that takes on the form of their victims and you've infiltrated the opposing kingdom's ranks, disguised as a lowly pawn . The opposing king has you presently assigned to the ...
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Strategies for Circuit Board Puzzle from NYT

The New York Times publishes a collection of variety puzzles each week, and new to the rotation recently is one called "Circuit Board". Here is an example of a puzzle (I added coordinates ...
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Catching the Vegetable-Goose [closed]

After an altercation involving giant bees, you have been sentence to some hard labour, specifically harvesting barnacle-lambs: a gourd-like fruit that grows geese in its shell While working, you get ...
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Spiders on a cube

Two spiders are trying to catch an ant. All are constrained to move along the edges of a transparent cube. The speed of the ant is $1$. The speeds of the spiders are $v_1$ and $v_2$ respectively. What'...
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How long can you survive at the devil's playground?

The devil has trapped you in his playground. The devil knows that you can't cross over the burning boundary of his circle, so he allows you to choose a position within the circle before he starts to ...
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Secretly press different buttons

Consider a game played with 12 people. 9 are randomly assigned to Team Good and 3 to Team Evil. Players on Team Evil know their teammates, but players on Team Good don't. Two of the players on Team ...
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Optimal parking at a concert

You are going to a concert. The road to the concert has 100 car parking spaces arranged in a straight line. The spaces are numbered from 1 to 100, where space 1 is in the beginning of your journey and ...
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How to achieve a yellow cross on Rubik's cube from three yellow edges on the top layer?

I have finished the first and middle layers on a Rubik's cube and now I would like to complete the yellow cross on the third layer. Every instructions manual I have seen assures that there are one of ...
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Reunite the Stars

On an infinite plane, the Prime Star has disintegrated into four constituent stars, the North Star, the South Star, the East Star and the West Star, each traveling at a constant speed of 1 in their ...
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A Glutton and a Split Check

N, T, A, B are arbitrary constants in this problem. I have only definitively solved the N=1 subproblem, so, if the general problem cannot be solved, I will be satisfied to mark as accepted a solution ...
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Sorting kids by hat colours [duplicate]

I have taken a group of students on a school trip. I want to organise them into two groups and so I have given each one a coloured hat. Some hats are red, while others are blue. Each child can see ...
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Five friends and two motorcyclists

Five friends Alice, Bob, Carole, Dylan and Emma are heading to a common destination 100 unit distance away. They start together. Grandma Alice walks at a speed of 1. Bob and Carole walk at speeds 4 ...
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√2 without pressing √ on a Scientific Calculator

You have to calculate $\sqrt{2}$ on your scientific calculator by only pressing these buttons: ...
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Nanobots Algorithm

Four tiny robots or Nanobots with dimensions 1 x 2 nm are on their initial 2 by 2 state. They shall be transform to phases I , II & III subsequently for specific tasks (see figures). Each nanobots ...
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The Novice Chess Team that Won Every Match of the Season

Devious High School had a newly formed chess team that played against all the other high schools in the area this year. These matches are played with a 5-player team who, at a match, sit next to each ...
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The Blindfold CASIO fx-570EX Puzzle

You and your friend are playing a game with the CASIO fx-570EX calculator. The game proceeds as follows: Your friend types a number, then presses a left parenthesis, and then types another number(e.g....
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Elementals and Aliens

Rules/Story You have been kidnapped and locked in the maze under the bathhouse you work at by 5 aliens: a Mercurian, Venusian, Martian, Jovian, and Saturnian. Currently, the aliens are spread ...
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Mastermind: What should I guess next? That depends

Bob was playing a popular adventure game on his computer, and he came across a Mastermind minigame. Here's the results of his first four guesses: Bob has never been great at solving logic puzzles on ...
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General Approach to Solving Cryptarithms

I have recently started honing my problem-solving skills, starting with number-related puzzles. Cryptarithms have appeared frequently, so I was wondering whether there is some sort of general approach ...
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Transform a pile of cards in reverse order

There are 52 cards on a table and numbered in order from 1 to 52 with number 1 on top. The following operation can be repeatedly done: split the pile into two piles without shuffling and take cards ...
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Two dimensional Mastermind

You have probably played the classic game of Mastermind with 4 pegs and 6 colours. It turns out that the codebreaker can always find the pattern in 5 moves or fewer. Now consider the 2D version of the ...
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100 prisoners and a secret number (sequel)

Inspired by this brilliant puzzle by @DmitryKamenetsky! Much to the annoyance of the guards, the sly prisoners bribed a guard and learnt about the number in the envelope in advance, and the first ...
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100 prisoners and a secret number

There are 100 prisoners numbered from 1 to 100. They know their own numbers. There is an interrogation room with a table and an envelope. The envelope contains a secret number - an integer chosen ...
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A three-way bet

Alice, Bob and Carole are playing a betting game. At the beginning, they have 20 chips in the common pot. They move alternatively in the order of Alice, Bob and Carole. In their move, a player ...
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How should you bet?

Alice and Bob are playing a betting game. Each has 20 chips to start with. They move alternatively starting with Alice. In their moves, they name a number $n$ and toss a fair coin: if head, they get $...

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