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A Game You Can Always Win

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The 100 game was created by the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson — who you may know for writing Alice In Wonderland under the pen name Lewis Carroll.

Carroll’s Oxford students were amazed. On February 5, 1856 he wrote in his diary: “… the trick of counting alternately up to 100, neither putting on more than 10 to the last number named, astonished them not a little.”

The Universe in a Handkerchief: Lewis Carroll’s Mathematical Recreations, Games, Puzzles, and Word Plays, by Martin Gardiner

The Diaries of Lewis Carroll Volume I

Arithmetical Croquet

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1. fark inze says:

vsus

2. Shaji Mathew says:

5:28 this is what my brother says all the time!

3. ach 2 says:

Vsause2: you're fir-
Me: no you're first
Him: fine, 6
Me: 5
Him: wait, you're using my trick

4. Nick says:

I rule the world

5. drip frisk says:

bro became einstein in 9 minutes

6. Rognes Dowseeg says:

There’s 2 of you?

7. DF says:

8. thehotdogman93 says:

Here's another game you can always win:
Pick any whole number between -♾️ and ♾️…

If that number is evenly divided by 1, you win.
That wasn't so hard now was it?

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10. King Rat says:

I did this in 6th grade on a small scale level. Pick an number 1 to 3 and get to 20. I realized that if I go first and make sure I am always a multiple of 4, then I will always win.

What if the opponent starts, is there any way to always win?

12. BOMBO says:

you can win by being the first to 9, then 19, then 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89 and then 100

13. Jason Neuvelt says:

I played this when I was nine.

14. soobaa chow says:

u think there’s maybe a different series to make sure you win but if ur second

15. Jenk Hafouz says:

You practically increase the ones didget by one every time example like 12 then 23 then 34 then 45

16. Mark Heisler says:

And I guarantee you I’d only play once with you starting and you are down a friend. Win win

17. unknown says:

At beggining i was like , 11, 11 , 11 weird time to see if pattern is 11s

18. Frozen Fire says:

me playing with someone else who saw this video

19. Christian Kirby says:

We had a puzzle in my seventh grade math class where it was something similar to this. We had two people who both took turns adding up to 3 to get a total of 20. Said 2 people were my teacher and a random student who volunteer'd. Whoever said 20 won. The general rule was if you kept it a multiple of 4 before passing it to your opponent you always won 100% of the time. Meaning going second gives you a 100% win rate as you cant get to 4 from 0 adding only up to 3.
Example 1 being player 1 and same with 2
1. 3
2. 4
1. 6
2. 8
1. 11
2. 12
1. 15
2. 16
As you can see player 1 cant make any move here that wont give player 2 the win. Of course player 2 was guaranteed to win the game from the beginning as long as you remember the pattern. Player 1 can pick 17, 18, or 19 and still lose to player 2.

Edit: maybe I should have watched the whole video first because he goes over this too but from 20 counting down…

20. DashingClasher says:

There was a similar challenge like this with flags on survivor, with the same theory.

21. Matthew Conroy says:

What if your opponent picks 10 on their first turn?
Edit: I guess you just keep picking 1 until they stop picking 10 or you get to 89 and are guaranteed victory after their turn.

1 / 0
12
23
34
45
56
67
78
89
Notice a pattern?, i sure di

23. Many Game Player says:

i tried it against my mom but still i lost i think its fake cuz i tried it no mistakes

It worked against my dad Lol

25. G4merVJPF says:

I think getting to 89 is just the main goal for me

26. Davide 462 says:

well, if you say 1 the other person can just say 99

27. Omelet Flipper says:

who are you?

28. Nampledamp says:

[1] bet(s) you'll always win.

29. slappy D says:

I am king of nim

30. Noodle Mousey says:

I swear all numbers are so closely related to each other

31. Planet Universe says:

i tested this on my parents…
i won
it works!!!!!!!!

32. The_Demon says:

I got the pattern while they were playing

33. Unsqeakable8989 says:

My friend: I wanna start

34. Sean Gaming says:

nice

35. Dex _ says:

me : 1
her: 99

36. 8bitpokie says:

But what if both players try this strat?

37. 5orys says:

How would a game like this work if both players use the strategies.

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Question: Where to obtain friend?

40. CJ_DJ1542 says:

Proof that Kevin is going to take over control

41. Andrew Moulton says:

The best one on one challenge yet! Skelator vs Mr. T! Brilliant!

42. TheDailyCuber says:

Played it w/ my mom and took some time to subtract then she called me a cheater, What do i do now XD

43. bacon boi says:

So if you are first then you win?

44. Katya K says:

what if you both use the same stag on ech

45. Sim Ev says:

Isn't this game of 'even' man out?

46. NX Vanta says:
47. Linda Cruz says:

Lol i did this to my mom

48. Md. Mizanur Rahman says:

I could not accept the first trick. Because if you say 1 after 89, it becomes 90. So how???

49. mc2w says:

this a bit too trivial to be honest. it's obvious that whoever lands on 89 is guaranteed to win. from there you go backwards..

50. Vsauce2 says:

three curious bros