Questions tagged [strategy]

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

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n - archers and many arrows

Suppose there are n archers in a standoff and want to kill each other until there is just one archer remaining. However everyone's chance of hitting (and thus killing) another archer is not fair. ...
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Number exchange game

Inigo and Vizzini are to have a battle of wits to the death. The rules are: Inigo is given two independent random numbers uniformly distributed between 0 and 1. Inigo chooses one of the numbers to ...
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Nerves of Steel (a dice game)

A carnival offers a game, called Nerves of Steel. It is played with a standard die, except that the "six" has been replaced with a skull. You start by paying $7, then rolling the die. Each time you ...
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Color the Table

Color each cell of the table with following rules: Yellow and Orange cells are adjacent, but Red and Black are not. Cell with number 3 is White, Green, Blue or Red and the cell with number 5 is not ...
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Pirate Puzzle Double Twist

Five pirates, fresh from their first bout of pillaging, return to their island base to celebrate and divide up the treasure. While this was their first time working together, the start of what they ...
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Sliding Bolt Puzzle - fastest solution (time-wise)

This is a follow-up question for the Sliding Bolt Puzzle. If you have not solved it yet, you might want to head there first, as the extended discussion of its solution in this question will contain ...
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Optimal building strategy puzzle with airdropped mining bases

The general from Optimal Building Strategy Puzzle is in a conflict with another general. This general is from another faction with 3 major differences in his technology: Instead of the worker having ...
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Queen chasing a knight (chess pieces)

There is a player who controls only a queen, while his opponent controls a knight. Both pieces start from opposite corners of the board. The aim is to kill the knight, without having your queen killed....
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Optimal next move in minesweeper game?

In order to solve this minesweeper game, what is the optimal next move? A description of the game can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minesweeper_(video_game) I do not have the answer ...
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Battleship Game with only one Aircraft Carrier

Two guys are playing regular battleship game with only one Aircraft Carrier, with dimensions $5\times1$. Their table is regular $10\times10$ Battleship game grid board. One guy places his Aircraft ...
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Lots of Gold Golden Coins and a Scale

Following my previous question: Lots of Gold Stacks and a Balance Scale You are given 10 stacks, each stack consisting of N golden 10g-coins and a digital scale with perfect precision that shows ...
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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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99 chips into more chips

You are at a casino in Vegas and you have earned 99 chips by playing poker! While you are checking out a slot machine, someone comes to you and congratulates you that you have a chance to make more ...
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The Great Houdini's awesome card guessing trick (2)

The Great Houdini is performing again! Everybody wants to see the famous magician and the magic show is sold out. Today Houdini shows the following sophisticated trick: A guy from the audience ...
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7 Numbered Balls Game

You are walking on the street and notice a guy gambling with some other guys and you start to watch. The game principle is pretty easy. There are 7 balls in a pouch and you have 3 balls to draw ...
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Reverse the order of 8 poisonous substances

8 very poisonous substances named s1 to s8 are kept in a safety room. The substances are kept in ascending order (s1,s2,s3,s4,s5,s6,s7 and s8). In the room there are 3 robots. First robot can "rotate ...
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Picking A Number Game

Alice and Bob play a game starting from Alice where Alice and Bob are supposed to write a number to the board, Then the game goes through several rounds between Alice and Bob with the rules below: ...
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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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I am caught when I was about to steal some candies

I am a eight years old boy, I love candies, but my mom does not want me to eat any more candies because I start to have black teeth :( but I still love candies so... Today when I was about to steal ...
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Four-in-a-line Puzzle

Disclaimer: This is an open-problem, I don't have a complete solution for this puzzle yet. We are playing a $2$-player game: you as a challenger and me as a judge. Initially, there is an empty ...
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Guess n binary digits

There's a N (1 ≤ N ≤ 1 000; N is pair) digit binary number and you have a maximum of 2050 guesses to find out which is it. With each try, you will know one of the following: You got it right (100%); ...
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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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Getting Stuck on Purpose

Consider the following building floor plan, with a set of rooms labeled A-G and an Outside:                   ...
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Middle weight puzzle

There are 100 white and 101 black balls. All the balls have different weights. Balls of the same colour look the same. White balls are numbered from lighter to heavier (from 1 to 100). The same is ...
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You Sign Me Right Round

This is a 9x9 grid, with a sign in the center cell like shown. You can add signs to this grid one at a time following these rules: Each sign placed must point to the next sign placed Placed signs ...
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Reverse dots and boxes, swastika edition

Alistair and Roberta are playing a game of reverse dots and boxes. The players take turns adding one horizontal or vertical line in one free spot on the grid (marked with light gray lines in ...
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Forty-six genuine and two fake coins

Inspired by this puzzle. In the country Dragonia, there are only two types of coins: genuine ones and fake ones. All genuine coins have the same weight, and all fake coins have the same weight. It is ...
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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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The mini-facebook puzzle

The database of mini-facebook only has space for the data of 100 participants. These 100 participants want to establish as many mini-facebook friendships among them as possible. However, mini-facebook ...
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Coin inverting game

Header and Tailer play the following game. At the beginning, the juror lays out a row of $n\ge5$ coins on the table that alternately show heads and tails, with the leftmost coin showing heads. ...
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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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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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Thirteen coins game

There are $13$ coins arranged in a circular fashion. Andrew and Bill play a game with these rules: Andrew starts the game A player can remove $1$ or $2$ adjacent coins from the circle during his turn....
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How do we get those dang Illuminati?

The Illuminati just stole our office They shot JFK and have committed numerous crimes against humanity (not really) but we usually let that slide. But for stealing our offices, we have decided to ...
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The Greedy Box (Or: Another crazy guard offering his prisoners freedom)

Two prisoners, in separate cells, are watched over by one eccentric and whimsical guard. One day he (inevitably) decides to give the prisoners a chance to earn their freedom by playing a game with ...
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Lost In Boston: How do I Get Home?

I'm posting this from my phone again because I've gotten hopelessly lost in Boston, really want to go home, and desperately need the help of some clever people on the internet. Please help me - I'm ...
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A puzzle of trust and lies, allies and spies

Here is a puzzle involving distrust and asymmetric knowledge. (It was inspired by, but not exactly following, the board game The Resistance: Avalon.) There are ten resistance fighters trying to ...
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How to deal with conjugate-pair pseudocycles when solving Sudoku

In single-solution regular Sudoku puzzles, sometimes you may encounter a combination of possible cell solutions such as: {2,7} in A1 and A7 (same row) {2,7} in A7 and B8 (same box) {2,7} in B8 and E8 ...
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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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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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16 Two Colored Line up

We have a different type of puzzle which consists of 4x4 board with numbers on it; Your task is to put numbers in the correct order as given in the diagram above. In each step, you can take one ...
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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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3D Chess - Stale NBA (kNight-Bishop Assault)

This is my very first chess puzzle. Any constructive feedback is more than welcome. Thanks! Introducing 3D Chess! To make things simple for the first time, we are using a $3\times3\times3$ ...
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Gettings most jewels in a square 5x5

Playing an online game I came across a small puzzle (a mini-game in game). The game is about getting jewels in a row - a player needs to get 5 in a row / column or a 5-square-diagonal. Let me show you ...
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How will Y lose the game?

X and Y are playing a game. There are eleven coins on the table and each player must pick up at least one coin but not more than five in a turn. The person picking up the last coin loses. X starts. ...
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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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2016 coins and a balance

On the table, there is a balance with two pans. The display on the balance tells the difference between the weight in the left ban and the weight in the right pan (measured in gram). There are also $...
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Find the term which does not fit into the series given below

C4T, F10R, I20P, L43N, O90L It can be easily seen that the first letters are 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th and the last ones are 20th, 18th, 16th, 14th, 12th. But I cannot understand the logic of numbers ...
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Is it always safe to click first in the lower lefthand corner of a Minesweeper puzzle?

I always start a Minesweeper puzzle in Windows by clicking the cell in the lower left corner. Even though I have never seen a bomb there, how sound is this strategy? Is it possible that some time in ...
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Surviving Captain Nefarious

Captain Nefarious has captured you and two of your friends, Alice and Bob. Being a villain, he has a natural desire to monologue, so he sits you down (guarded, of course by his Largely Incompetent ...