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Table Tennis Serve (Posted on 2013-07-17) Difficulty: 3 of 5
In a game of table tennis, 24 of the 37 points played were won by the player serving, and Smith beat Jones 21-16. Remembering in table tennis that service alternates every five points, who served first?

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The number 24 is irrelevant re finding who was first to serve.
Since the decisive point was obtained in the 8th "fiver", i.e. the even belongs to the winner - so the loser (Jones)was the 1st to serve.

Still, we need to show that 24 winning points can be achieved by the server e.g.   5:0, 2:3,   1:4, 3:2,   4:1, 1:4    and   4:1,    1:1.

Added later:
All the above is wrong: assumption, conclusion and example.
Please see other posts.

Edited on July 17, 2013, 3:02 pm
  Posted by Ady TZIDON on 2013-07-17 11:08:18

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