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Coins on the round table (Posted on 2002-09-08) Difficulty: 4 of 5
This game is played by two players at a round table. They each take turns placing identical coins onto the table's surface. No two coins can overlap, and the entirety of the coin's surface must rest on the table. The loser of the game is the first person who is unable to put down a coin because there is no more room.

Which of the players has a winning strategy? What is it?

Mouse over for a hint: The player who goes first has a winning strategy.

See The Solution Submitted by levik    
Rating: 3.7692 (13 votes)

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  Subject Author Date
Pick a coin as big as the table. Not!jduval2007-08-04 09:07:08
re(2):John2005-08-26 17:45:56
Some Thoughtsre(2): Win, starting anywhereFederico Kereki2003-11-28 23:33:22
re: Win, starting anywhereSilverKnight2003-11-26 11:34:43
SolutionWin, starting anywhereFederico Kereki2003-11-26 11:29:49
re: Symmetry?TomM2003-01-27 15:10:08
Hints/TipsSymmetry?Alan2003-01-27 11:02:01
SolutionNo Subjectdanny2002-12-11 12:55:17
re: "novice"TomM2002-09-12 05:23:53
"novice" epitomized with this answerJoni2002-09-11 17:03:21
heres a stupid answercrazy-kook2002-09-10 14:11:30
re: One strategyTomM2002-09-08 13:19:47
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