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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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Some Thoughts re(2): Win, starting anywhere | Comment 10 of 12 |
(In reply to re: Win, starting anywhere by SilverKnight)

Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa... I stand corrected: I forgot the part about not overlapping; I just assumed the new coin had to cover some uncovered space.
  Posted by Federico Kereki on 2003-11-28 23:33:22

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