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Ping Pong Poise (Posted on 2004-05-13) Difficulty: 1 of 5
Down at the hunting club recently, an intense game of ping-pong was being played out between Lord Pencey and the Earl of Worchestershire. Locked in the fifth set at 20 apiece, Lord Pencey had a proposition for the Earl.

"I say, old chap, this game is getting on, isn't it? We'll miss the scones if this continues much longer. How about we place a little wager to get this over and done with right now?"
"Sounds fine by me, my good man. What do you propose?", replied the Earl of Worchestershire.
"I'll tell you what," retorted Pency, "I'll lay down my bat right now, if you can throw a ping-pong ball so that it will go a short distance, come to a complete stop, and then reverse itself, right back into your hand. But you can't bounce the ball off any object, or tie anything to it. Yes?"
"By jove," chortled the Earl, "That's impossible! If you can do that, I'll happily let you have this game and I'll even make you a nice, hot cup of tea!"
"Well," smiled Pencey, "Here we go..."

How did Lord Pencey manage to show up the Earl of Worchestershire, take the game and enjoy his cuppa?

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answer Comment 16 of 16 |
Since there is no restriction on whichever direction the ping pong ball may be thrown, it seems obvious that Lord Pencey must have thrown the ball upwards into the air. 
  Posted by K Sengupta on 2007-09-11 04:39:24
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