Thread: Math Q&A Game
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Dec30-05, 10:29 AM
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Quote Quote by matt grime
naturally, it being radio 4, the first method was the one used. so ask a question (hoping to breathe life into this thread)
Sticking with the radio show puzzles, here's one from Car Talk.

Three different numbers are chosen at random, and one is written on each of three slips of paper. The slips are then placed face down on the table. The objective is to choose the slip upon which is written the largest number.

Here are the rules: You can turn over any slip of paper and look at the amount written on it. If for any reason you think this is the largest, you're done; you keep it. Otherwise you discard it and turn over a second slip. Again, if you think this is the one with the biggest number, you keep that one and the game is over. If you don't, you discard that one too.

The chance of getting the highest number is one in three. Or is it? Is there a strategy by which you can improve the odds?