November 13th, 2019 at 11:31:44 AM
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d5 x e6# e.p. -- Assuming Black's last move was pawn to e5, white can take it en passant for a discovered checkmate by the black bishop. This one had me stumped until that last hint.

ETA -- I see that Gordon is smarter than me as he only needed one of Charlie's hints to solve it.

Last edited by: Joeman on Nov 13, 2019

"Dealer has 'rock'... Pay 'paper!'"

November 13th, 2019 at 5:19:32 PM
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Quote:gordonm888The only way this can be solved is if the black pawn on E5 has just moved forward two spaces. In that case P(D5) X P(E5) en passant. The pawn on D5 goes to E6 uncovering the white Bishop's attack on the Black King, Checkmate. Thank You CP for hint.

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!!

(Joeman places and Grandmaster CP gets the assists.)

This problem caused quite a stir at the site I saw it at (which wasn't a chess site). Some loved it while others panned it siting some of the reality issues mentioned here. In the designer's defense, it's meant more to be a logic problem where the solution actually leads you back to the preceding turn (although you obviously need to know the rules of chess).

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Direct Delivery

You put the chess magazine down as you're greeted by three other designers. The four of you sip coffee and talk in your booth area. Just as you start to explain your missing package problem, a passing delivery guy stops, stares directly at you and asks if you're John Smith. [For purposes of this thread narrative, you are.] You smile and sign for the delivery.

Neither you nor the other designers at your booth are wearing name tags yet. How did the delivery guy guess you were John Smith?

Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.

November 13th, 2019 at 6:42:55 PM
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Quote:Gialmere

Direct Delivery

You put the chess magazine down as you're greeted by three other designers. The four of you sip coffee and talk in your booth area. Just as you start to explain your missing package problem, a passing delivery guy stops, stares directly at you and asks if you're John Smith. [For purposes of this thread narrative, you are.] You smile and sign for the delivery.

Neither you nor the other designers at your booth are wearing name tags yet. How did the delivery guy guess you were John Smith?

The other 3 designers were all female????

So many better men, a few of them friends, were dead. And a thousand thousand slimy things lived on, and so did I.

November 13th, 2019 at 6:53:00 PM
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The obvious answer is the rest were female.

Another option is you were wearing something different from the others - e.g. a company colour which matched the "John Smith, Big Blue Company"; a dog collar which matched the Reverend John Smith; etc.

Another option is you were the nearest to the door and hence were lucky enough to be the first to be asked.

Another option, assuming one is upposed to pick up hints in the question, is you were "explaining your missing package" which the delivery man overheard.

Another option is you were wearing something different from the others - e.g. a company colour which matched the "John Smith, Big Blue Company"; a dog collar which matched the Reverend John Smith; etc.

Another option is you were the nearest to the door and hence were lucky enough to be the first to be asked.

Another option, assuming one is upposed to pick up hints in the question, is you were "explaining your missing package" which the delivery man overheard.

November 14th, 2019 at 5:07:07 PM
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Quote:gordonm888The other 3 designers were all female????

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!!

It'll be interesting to see how long this type of riddle (relying on gender assumptions) lasts in the 21st century.

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Ferris Fizzbin

One of the women designers you're talking to is none other than Heather Ferris. Being a big Star Trek fan, she has designed a casino version of the game called Fizzbin which appears in the original TV series. This is a nonsensical card game that Capt Kirk makes up on the spot to confuse and distract some guards so that he, Spock and and McCoy can get the jump on them. Many fans have made home versions of the game over the years.

For Ferris Fizzbin six community cards are dealt to the middle of the table à la Hold-em. The number of pocket cards a given player receives varies from 0-6 based on several silly factors such as the day of the week, where you sit at the table, if it's day or night etc. The highest ranking hand is a Royal Fizzbin. This consists of one queen, four clubs, two jacks (aka a half fizzbin), three aces and two diamonds.

What is the minimum number of hole cards you'll need to have a shot at a royal fizzbin?

Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.

November 14th, 2019 at 5:35:33 PM
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Quote:GialmereQuote:gordonm888The other 3 designers were all female????

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!!It'll be interesting to see how long this type of riddle (relying on gender assumptions) lasts in the 21st century.

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Ferris Fizzbin

One of the women designers you're talking to is none other than Heather Ferris. Being a big Star Trek fan, she has designed a casino version of the game called Fizzbin which appears in the original TV series. This is a nonsensical card game that Capt Kirk makes up on the spot to confuse and distract some guards so that he, Spock and and McCoy can get the jump on them. Many fans have made home versions of the game over the years.

For Ferris Fizzbin six community cards are dealt to the middle of the table à la Hold-em. The number of pocket cards a given player receives varies from 0-6 based on several silly factors such as the day of the week, where you sit at the table, if it's day or night etc. The highest ranking hand is a Royal Fizzbin. This consists of one queen, four clubs, two jacks (aka a half fizzbin), three aces and two diamonds.

What is the minimum number of hole cards you'll need to have a shot at a royal fizzbin?

Assuming four clubs and two diamonds means four cards of the club suit (and not the four of clubs), etc, and that the game is played with a normal 52 card deck:

You have to have a club in your hand. The rest can be on the board.

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.

November 15th, 2019 at 4:54:30 AM
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I agree with unJon, but the odds against getting a Royal Fizzbin are astronomical! :)

A Piece of the Action Might be my favorite Original Series episode. Now get me some of them fancy heaters! ;)

"Dealer has 'rock'... Pay 'paper!'"

November 16th, 2019 at 9:46:01 AM
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I would have explained it differently.

You must have 4 clubs + 2 diamonds so that is six cards. But you also must have three aces, which means at least one ace that is not a club or diamond. So, you must have a minimum of 7 cards, which is one more card than the six on the board. So , one hole card is the minimum.

So many better men, a few of them friends, were dead. And a thousand thousand slimy things lived on, and so did I.

November 16th, 2019 at 1:48:58 PM
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Quote:unJonAssuming four clubs and two diamonds means four cards of the club suit (and not the four of clubs), etc, and that the game is played with a normal 52 card deck:

You have to have a club in your hand. The rest can be on the board.

Quote:gordonm888I would have explained it differently.

You must have 4 clubs + 2 diamonds so that is six cards. But you also must have three aces, which means at least one ace that is not a club or diamond. So, you must have a minimum of 7 cards, which is one more card than the six on the board. So , one hole card is the minimum.

Two Winner! Winners! Two Chicken Dinners!!

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McNugget McNumbers

You finish building your booth setup just as the doors open and the public enters. It's a busy morning. Although your game is not getting much placement interest, the spectacle of punters wagering on a dealer flipping a coin is unusual (or perhaps absurd) enough to draw a lot of attention. By mid-afternoon, however, the crowds start to thin. With the initial excitement wearing off, you find yourself exhausted from little sleep and even less food intake. You decide to take a break and head to the food court for a quick bite.

You get a burger and fries at McDonald's and sit down to eat. At a nearby table, a crowd of CE attendees from the Wizard of Vegas website is hooting and hollering. From what you can tell, they are bidding on who can eat the most Chicken McNuggets. The highest bidder purchases the required number and proceeds to gorge on them.

You glance at the menu and see that this food court McDonald's sells McNuggets in boxes of 6, 9 and 20. So if you want 32 McNuggets you would buy a box of 20 and two boxes of 6. Of course, if you wanted 16 McNuggets you would have to buy 18 and have 2 extra. You wonder if these extras effect the rules at all.

At this particular McDonald's, what is the highest number of McNuggets that CANNOT be exactly bought with a combination of the available boxes?

Have you tried 22 tonight? I said 22.

November 16th, 2019 at 2:21:55 PM
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Once you're 6 or higher you can make any multiple of 3 using boxes of 6 or 9.

Thus all numbers >3 of the form 0 + 3n can be made.

You can make 20, then 26 and so can make all the numbers >23 of the form 20 + 3n (which is the same as 3n + 2).

You can make 40, then 46 and so can make all then numbers >43 of the form 40 + 3n (which is the same as 3n +1).

So once you've got to 46 you can make all the numbers as they will be one of 3n, 3n+1, 3n+2..

Counting back 45 can be made from boxes of 9, 44 can be 20 + boxes of 6, and 43 cannot be made (as it is 3n+1).

Time to open my bottle of wine - https://www.vintagewineandport.co.uk/vintage-wine/1943-wine !

Thus all numbers >3 of the form 0 + 3n can be made.

You can make 20, then 26 and so can make all the numbers >23 of the form 20 + 3n (which is the same as 3n + 2).

You can make 40, then 46 and so can make all then numbers >43 of the form 40 + 3n (which is the same as 3n +1).

So once you've got to 46 you can make all the numbers as they will be one of 3n, 3n+1, 3n+2..

Counting back 45 can be made from boxes of 9, 44 can be 20 + boxes of 6, and 43 cannot be made (as it is 3n+1).

Time to open my bottle of wine - https://www.vintagewineandport.co.uk/vintage-wine/1943-wine !