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## #1 2007-01-31 03:23:07

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### Cheat the devil

Here's a puzzle I wasn't able to figure out myself, until somebody told me the (an) answer:

When you die, the devil sets you a challenge - if you win, you get to go to heaven, if he wins you go with him to hell. You sit down with him at a fairly large, perfectly round table. Next to each of you is a huge bag of circular coins, all of the same size. You get to go first, and you take it in turns to place coins on the table, one at a time, so that the coins are not on top of any other coins. The winner is the person to place the last coin.

Come up with a strategy for placing your coins so that you can garuntee going to heaven.

(by the way, you'll never run out of coins because there's so many)

## #2 2007-01-31 03:28:55

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### Re: Cheat the devil

im stumped.

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## #3 2007-01-31 03:34:06

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### Re: Cheat the devil

Last edited by Patrick (2007-01-31 03:35:23)

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## #4 2007-01-31 03:45:58

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### Re: Cheat the devil

Patrick's solution is the one I was thinking of.
(And I was thinking of it because I already knew the answer. )

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## #5 2007-01-31 03:47:47

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### Re: Cheat the devil

put one coin down then steal the bag of gold coins and on the way to heaven by yourself an ice cream

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## #6 2007-01-31 04:46:14

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### Re: Cheat the devil

#### espeon wrote:

put one coin down then steal the bag of gold coins and on the way to heaven by yourself an ice cream

Ah, but you're missing the most important detail - what flavour of ice cream?

## #7 2007-02-03 20:16:43

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### Re: Cheat the devil

vanilla of course! either that or hazelnut. OR BOTH! BWAHAHAHAHAHAWQAHAHAHA! im going to be happy with loads of money in heaven. and they probably will give you a nice suite in a heaven hotel because you cheated the devil the natural enemy!

Did i get it right?

Last edited by espeon (2007-02-03 20:18:19)

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## #8 2007-02-04 12:11:42

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### Re: Cheat the devil

You need money in heaven?

## #9 2007-02-04 21:01:45

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### Re: Cheat the devil

no but it probably helps

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