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Usenet Newsgroups : rec.puzzles Hall of Fame

The rec.puzzles Hall of Fame is a compilation of over 500 of the most popular puzzles that have been posted and discussed in the rec.puzzles newsgroup. In most cases a detailed solution has been provided.

Many of these puzzles also appear in Braingle's own collection.

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Categories : decision : five.pirates.p

Five pirates on an island have one hundred gold coins to split between
them.  According to tradition, the most senior pirate has the right
to propose a distribution.  A vote is held and if half or more of the
pirates vote in favor of the proposed distribution, it is made.  If it
is voted down, the proposer is killed and the process continues with the
next most senior pirate.  What is the best strategy for the most senior
pirate to take?


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