Mathematics Challenge by John Baylis

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    POSTED ON BEHALF OF JOHN BAYLIS

    Each month we propose to offer a Mental Challenge. Kindly, or not so kindly devised by John Baylis.

    We hope to offer a small prize or at the very least a round of applause at the April monthly meeting so get your thinking caps on! LAST ONE WINS!

    “Two players alternately take stones from a pile. The only rule is the number of stones taken at each turn is 1, 2, 3 or 4. The winner is the player who takes the last stone.”

    Question One: “Does either player have a winning Strategy?”

    Question Two: “Under what Circumstances?

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