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Puzzle ID:#49199
Fun:*** (2.57)
Difficulty:*** (2.73)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:ThinksForFun*

 

 

 



With opposing forces you will collide
Your goal is to get to the other side
To defeat your opponent you must pass him by
To do so, your strength must in strategy lie
The points number as the hours of the day
But are not collected in any way
The bar is a good place, one might think
But no one there partakes in a drink
In fact, it is the worst place to be
A visit there hinders your victory
Some hits you may sustain in battle
Let not such your composure rattle
In reverse directions your courses are bound
Your movements restricted by spots that are found
Before the victory cry may you shout
You have to get in, before you get out

What's going on?


Answer

A game of backgammon


Explanation:

With opposing forces you will collide
Your goal is to get to the other side
{In backgammon, you must move your
{game pieces around the board in the
{opposite direction of your opponent.

To defeat your opponent you must pass him by
To do so, your strength must in strategy lie
{Although backgammon uses dice,
{strategy is a significant component in
{determining the game's outcome.

The points number as the hours of the day
But are not collected in any way
{There are 24 triangles on the board
{known as points, which are used as
{markers to position the game pieces.

The bar is a good place, one might think
But no one there partakes in a drink
{There is a middle spine on the backgammon
{board known as "the bar".

In fact, it is the worst place to be
A visit there hinders your victory
{The bar is where game pieces are sent
{after being knocked off the board, or "hit"
{by your opponent. This is undesirable
{because it inhibits your progress.

Some hits you may sustain in battle
Let not such your composure rattle
{If a hit (described above) occurs, don't
{get too frustrated.

In reverse directions your courses are bound
Your movements restricted by spots that are found
{Each player's game pieces move in opposite
{directions. The legal moves are determined
{by the roll of dice. The "spots" refer to the
{value of the dice after having been rolled.

Before the victory cry may you shout
You have to get in, before you get out
{In order to win the game, you must
{"bear off" or remove all of your game pieces
{from the board. But before you can do this,
{all of your game pieces must be moved
{into the portion of the board known as your
{"inner table".

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