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The Flawed Game

Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.


Puzzle ID:#39837
Fun:**** (3.15)
Difficulty:** (1.34)
Submitted By:coolguy5678Aza***!




A teacher was having trouble getting her students to learn their facts, but she noticed that her students often played the game "Rock, Paper, Scissors". She made a game with similar rules in order to encourage the students to learn their facts.

The class would be divided into three teams: Rock, Paper and Scissors. The teacher would ask the students a question and the class would raise their hands if they knew the answer. If the first person to answer the question correctly is in the Rock team, he or she would choose one player from the Scissors team to be eliminated. Similarly, if a player from the Scissors team was first to answer the question, then he or she would eliminate a member from the Paper team. Lastly, if a player from the Paper team was first to answer correctly, he or she would eliminate a member from the Rock team.

The teacher would then continue asking questions until only one team still has members. That team would be declared the winner and all its members would win a small chocolate.

However, as soon as she explained the rules to the class, one particularly smart student immediately found a large flaw that made the game unplayable. Can you do the same?


After one team loses all its members, the team that it eliminates members from will always win. For example, say the Scissors team is the first team to lose all its members. It is now impossible for the Paper team to lose any members, but the Paper team can still eliminate members from Rock team, so it will eventually win (if the Rock team answers questions, there would be no one left for them to eliminate so nothing would happen). This means that the best strategy is actually to avoid answering questions until one team is eliminated. If all the players know this, the game would never end.

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Dec 30, 2007

Great job Coolguy! Very nice teaser!
Dec 30, 2007

The enemy of your enemy is your friend.
Dec 30, 2007

I knew the answer because I reviewed this teaser. Great one! Keep up the good work!

Negative+Negative=A cow?
Jan 03, 2008

What is negatvie + negative = a cow?

Jan 13, 2008

negative + negative = a cow?
as if the mooooo?

btw, yeay, i answered correctly!
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Feb 14, 2008

So once rock was out, wouldn't it make sense for paper to beat scissors? This seems so trivial and obvious it makes this puzzle a little silly.
Feb 16, 2008

But Scissors' skill eliminated Rock in the first place, so it's own skill was its downfall. So it pays off not to have too much skill.
May 04, 2008

Good Job Coolguy. Nice Teaser, but not really my thing
Aug 15, 2014

Cool game idea - tell the teacher that whichever team is the first to eliminate a team is the winner.
Sep 21, 2015

A possibility though would be that if each group had 1 member left, then the team that eliminates another team would not always win.


Rock(1 person left)
Paper(1 person left)
Scissors(1 person left)

1.) Rock finishes (eliminates) scissors off.
2.) Paper finishes off rock.
3.) Winner is paper, not rock (team that eliminated other team first)

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