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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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Leveling up and Getting Items! v2

This is follow up question to Leveling up and Getting Items! You are playing an online RPG game with 9 friends of yours (10 people in total) and in the game, there is a 2-player dungeon where you ...
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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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Strategy for solving many-clue detective puzzles [closed]

There are some puzzles that require sorting out many possible clues, such as The SErial Killer's killer and Mysterious Murder Mystery 3. They are often mysteries. What is a good way to organize ...
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How to share this cake? [closed]

You invite all your friends to a birthday party. Three of your friends came. At the party, you need to share your cake equally with everyone. The friends that came aren't your best friends, so you ...
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Burning Island - how to survive the fire? [closed]

A man is stranded on an island covered in forest. There are no other humans or animals, he is the only one who lives on the island. One day, when the wind is blowing from the west, lightning ...
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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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The Monster and the Chessboard [duplicate]

You have a standard checkerboard with 64 squares and a coin in each square, randomly facing heads or tails up. There is an evil monster in the room with you and he arbitrarily selects some square and ...
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Eat sweets and start your own business!

The manager of the local sweetshop, one Minty Ball, has announced a grand closing down sale. They sell $n$ varieties of sweets: toffees, sherbets, fudge, and so on. Let's just call the varieties $V_1,\...
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Roulette tournament?

You have been invited to play in a French Roulette tournament. The tournament-specific rules are as follows: You start with 100 tokens Play lasts for 5 rounds Minimum bets based on color, low/high (1-...
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An Indefinite Hiatus from Prison: The Recapturing

A prisoner has escaped from the maximum security prison in puzzlevania! Apparently, the prison's security system - which was composed of guards who either always tell the truth or lie and doors with ...
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Lalozik Pattern

Vasily Lalozik is a professional cryptographer and develops new security schemes for banks. But he has one problem: David Banes. The American Bank is the largest bank in the world; Banes has his ...
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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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What's a good Boxes Strategy?

What would be the strategy for the game Boxes? (Boxes is the game in which players connect dots on a grid and whoever encloses a box gets a point, along with an extra turn, until all lines are made)
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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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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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Ball Weighing Riddle

A twist on the classic, "how many weighings to find the odd weight ball in 9 balls". Suppose there is n balls. There are two types of balls. One type weighs less than the other. In the set of balls ...
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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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What is best strategy to multiple turn prisoners dilemma, when your opponents actions are hidden?

Best strategy for multiple turn prisoners dilemma is called tit for tat you start with cooperation and then repeat your opponents answer from previous turn. Is ...
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Shedding some light [duplicate]

There is a room with a single light bulb in it. Outside the room there are three light switches. You cannot see inside the room at all. Only one light switch turns on the light bulb. You may only ...
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Logic Coin Question [duplicate]

Please view comments to see how it is not a duplicate.... I am looking at it from a CPU perspective. If there are 23 coins that are on a screen, and there are two players and you get to pick if you ...
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Another Unconventional Dice Blackjack game - is Nash equilibrium here?

This question is similar to This Dice Blackjack game - is there Nash equilibrium?, but the game rules are completely different. This Dice Blackjack is game for two. It is also played with fair six-...
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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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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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Can a group of professors determine their average salary without learning any information about each other's? [duplicate]

A group of at least 5 jealous professors are locked in a room. There is nothing else in the room but pencils and one tiny scrap of paper per person. The professors want to determine their average (...
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How many doors are there? [duplicate]

You wake up in the center of a large, homogeneous, nearly-circular room. Along the edge of the room, are many doors, each looks identical to the last. When you stand at one door and look across the ...
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Shooting an invisible rabbit [duplicate]

An invisible rabbit sits on one of the posts of an infinite fence. A local farmer cannot stand this fact and wants to shoot the rabbit down*. Every time the farmer shoots her gun, the rabbit jumps to ...
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One Hundred Prisoners and a Rubik's Cube

Say there are 100 perfectly intelligent prisoners (who don't have incredibly good memories) who are jailed for life (and also live eternally). The warden decides to play a game with them. There is a ...
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How could I have avoided this mistake in Minesweeper?

The puzzle grid pictured below is a prime example of the classic rush to judgment: I was so sure of my decision, but when I double-clicked to clear more cells, the cell to the left of the one I had ...
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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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Where the hell is Vincent?

Vincent was a software engineer working at Bell Inc, and well...he's gone insane. He is said to suffer from clinical schizophrenia, autism and severe anxiety. But there's one golden fact about his ...
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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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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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This Dice Blackjack game - is there Nash equilibrium?

This dice Blackjack is game for two - bettor and dealer. It is played with fair six-sided dice. Bettor: Bettor starts the game. Bettor can roll dice as many times he/she desires while the sum of ...
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Is there any specific way to play Solitaire?

I am interested in finding out if there is any specific way (algorithm) to play solitaire (not the card game)
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Taking a ball from basket challenge [duplicate]

I have 10 red balls, 10 blue balls, and 2 baskets. You are free to choose the numbers of red balls, and the numbers of blue balls to put to the first basket. Then you have to put rest of the balls to ...
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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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Speeding up half way [duplicate]

On my way to the supermarket, I walk at a certain speed. I want my average speed for the back and forth trip to be twice that speed. At what speed should I go back home to reach that goal?
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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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Find your market [closed]

There are 100 people from different nationality, gender, profession etc in a ballroom are taken as captives by an underground gang. Each of captives are given 5 dollar bills. And said After 30 ...
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What Land Grant Would You Select? [closed]

A king has just decided to divide up very large parcel of land and provide land grants to subjects that want to start a farming operation. This particular king and his advisors were into circular ...
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Kill for a young body [closed]

FROM 2013 Real Playing Game. Here's the trailer. You are an old, deathly-ill multimillionaire. A biotech company has developed some brain transfer technology and offers you the chance to ...
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What's your price for the eggs? [closed]

I came across this problem some years ago in a book (which I won't mention, and request others to not mention if they know). The solution is quite elegant and difficult to arrive at by mere trial and ...
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Minimum number of steps required to cut this bar

What is the minimum number of steps required to cut this chocolate bar which is a single piece into at least 30 single pieces? 1)Image for chocolate bar 2)Image for single piece ...
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Binary manipulation game

I made a (for now, 2 player) game once that deals with manipulating binary numbers on a single list. Here are the rules. Rules For now, take $n=5$. If possible, provide a solution for generalized $n$...
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The Trek to Mount Tarantoola - Redux!

Opal awoke with a start- exhausted in her trek, she had momentarily slipped into a dream of a hastily written and terribly vague puzzle that was based entirely too much on an improvised scene she had ...
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How many Questions will you need to Guess the Card?

Suppose your friend grabs a random card from a deck. Now you can ask questions about that card. You can only ask yes/no and greater/less than questions. How many questions do you need to determine the ...
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Bowser and Mario in a Pinch! [duplicate]

Our little hero starts off in a round (or square) pit with very high walls, an escape does not seem possible. However also in the pit is Bowser! How did that happen? Both of them are now facing off ...
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If 27 x 147 = 3969 What is its square root WITHOUT using complex / long calculationx [closed]

Basically what you have to do is find √3969 without using complex /long calculations
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The Maze With An Unknown Size

You awake in the middle of a maze. You do not know how large the maze is. You do not know how many paths there are. How can you assure you get out in the shortest amount of time? This assumes the ...
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The best barber in town

You are in a town with one barber shop and two barbers, one with good hair and one with terrible hair, there are no towns nearby so everyone in town must get there hair cut at this barber shop. ...