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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**New problem:**

**B is walking along the street in Vegas and runs into "Mad Archil."He tries to avoid him but Archil is faster and catches up. "Hi, living legend, care to make a wager?" Now everyone knows about Mad Archil.The guy is capable of winning or losing millions of dollars but mostly losing them. His last escapade resulted in him beating a large casino out of 40 million! B knows that Archil is a horrible gambler but also knows that he can not cover the bets Mad Archil likes to make. Mad Archil assures him that he is almost broke and has only 100 dollars in his pocket. He says let's flip a coin. If it is heads then you pay me 1 / 2 of what I have in my pocket, if not I pay you half.B immediately accepts the wager and they play. Mad Archil keeps the score of the coin tosses and amazingly by the 70th throw of the coin, Mad Archil is totally wiped out. He accuses B of using a loaded coin until he notices that there were exactly 35 heads and 35 tails! He stares in disbelief as B walks away with the dough.**

**A says) Hard to believe the story is true. 35 heads and 35 tails should have made it an even bet. I do not see how he lost all his money. B is obviously lying.**

**B says) Nope, that is what happened.**

**C says) Clearly a 50 - 50 proposition. Sadly B, you wasted your time.**

**D says) Yep, A is right. No advantage either way.**

**E says) What do you have in your pocket A? Care to make me the same wager Archil did?**

**The question is did B make a good bet?**

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Wait, so, do they give 50 dollars each time or ...?

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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Hi M;

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi anonimnystefy;

No, half of what is left in his pocket. If he loses the first bet he loses 50. If he now loses the second toss he loses 25. Or he wins the first toss, he now has 150, he loses the second toss he now has 75.

Hi ElainaVW;

The correct phrase is RIPOSTP! But you are at least correct with the reference. I see you now have that book?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**ElainaVW****Member**- Registered: 2013-04-29
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I see you now have that book?

Your brother was kind enough to loan me your copy. Interesting comments in the glossings?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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What happens if he has an odd number of dollars in his pocket?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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He wins half of it or loses half of it. The arithmetic was done after each toss using a TI - 92. at the end they decided on the rounding.

Your brother was kind enough to loan me your copy.

Yes! That was kind of him.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'Humanity is still kept intact. It remains within.' -Alokananda

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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Do you have a proof or something like that?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'Humanity is still kept intact. It remains within.' -Alokananda

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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Is Gardner related to Lewis Carrol?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'Humanity is still kept intact. It remains within.' -Alokananda

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I never heard that. I tend to doubt it.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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*Last edited by phrontister (2013-06-12 21:34:25)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Aah yes...didn't think of looking at it that way. Thanks.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Thanks for looking at the problem.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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