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  1. UN Mafia III

    Agree. Our job today is to best-guess the secret countries, and keep them safe. Since only Thalia know who they are, we should comb thru her posts. Try to see when she targeted specific country(ies) without an (otherwise) apparent reason. That said, does lynching China today make sense? Thalia's point (2) above advocates lynching China, so we know that would benefit her. Unfortunately, I acted last night so I can't un-quarantine Thalia today - she can't be lynched. After more thought ... this post just reiterates FB and MM. We may be screwed.
  2. 1000 people in a circle

    Great puzzle from the past, resurrected by TinkuVNCK. Because the OP seems to have left the forum, I'm marking mghoffman78 as first solver upvoting plasmid for heroic calculation of the answer upvoting guru_bhai for an "elegant proof" upvoting TinkuVNCK for a cute, quick-and-dirty algorithm upvoting fritzb for a nice closed form solution Good work all.
  3. UN Mafia III

    (1) Not likely ... Deception Rule #1: Bury the lead when you're lying; don't lead with it. (2) You agree killing China before Sweden is best. Plus, it lets you breathe a little longer. (3) It exposed the rest of us, but why wouldn't you want to know? Oh, you're one of us. I get it. (4) It seems that's all you've got left to try.
  4. UN Mafia III

    Sounds good. Host: araver 1. Thalia - quarantined by Sweden 2. bonanova - voting for Maurice 3. Molly Mae - voting for Maurice 4. Flamebirde - voting for Maurice 5. maurice - voting for Flamebirde 6. MikeD - Lynched D1 as United Kingdom 7. plasmid - Invaded N1 by China
  5. UN Mafia III

    Because plas is US? Did you claim?
  6. UN Mafia III

    Suppose China and Sweden are outed. Do the goodies ensure a win, and, who is targeted first?
  7. UN Mafia III

    If if matters, I'm throwing another shrimp on the BBQ. I'm also the reason, through a fantastic guess, that you're alive (yer welcome, mate.) I'm not following all the what-if's here, but if the claim is true that the goodies win if we all claim, then I'm happy to use the occasion to publicly opine that DJT is an SOB for the way he treated my PM. EDit: btw, after D1 does everyone voted for get lynched?
  8. UN Mafia III

    Good outcome indeed. High cunning and great fortune at their best. So maurice's identity is known? Have to think about that. Edit: moreover, one thinks he's clear, another wants to target him. I have an uneasy feeling about China ...
  9. UN Mafia III

    I played in two games, a year or two ago, which were organized in hopes of re-convening the forums. Rookie sent out invites to past players. I think I even won in one game as the baddie. Here, (1) I'm puzzled by maurice's silence, unless he signed up and forgot, (2) I voted MikeD to get him to talk, then thought he would stay in a tie vote and not be lynched (and was preoccupied by another matter and missed checking in in time to remove my vote,) (3) have no clue as to who China is unless it's you, but only because China would be wise I think to actively deflect suspicion, more that any other player, and you have posted as much as anyone. But that's flimsy evidence. I hope I survive the night if only to learn an identity or two. But I wouldn't mind dying if learning my identity would help the goodies win. btw this could be slippery garbage even if I hadn't played before ... I have it in me....
  10. UN Mafia III

    @Thalia, good points. I've played only a few Mafia games. I wish I had accepted Unreality's invite to play, back in the day, and learned it better. Coupled with a hope for a few more games to follow this one. My comfort zone is math and logic, where all the needed info is provided, just needing insight and clear thought. This is more fun, actually, and with experience I might get better. Or, I'm a very slippery guy and everything I just said is garbage. . When does the night end?
  11. UN Mafia III

    OK. And I won't suggest Thalia. Except there is the intellect needed to pull off a great ruse. (meant as a compliment.) My idea about maurice is that he seems to be a no-show, not a night killer. C'est la vie.
  12. UN Mafia III

    One last plea for mercy, now based on maurice being a better target.. (Edit: anyway, if I die, I'll get to watch the experts. I fear I've just screwed things up. Could maurice be China? Probably not since China acted N1. Could maurice be Sweden?
  13. UN Mafia III

    @Thalia Understand, (with apologies to the players.) Hanlon's Razor. Seriously, what do we know about maurice?
  14. UN Mafia III

    Taps watch. Oops. RIP MikeD. Would love to hear from maurice.
  15. UN Mafia III

    Oooops. In my post I was thinking plasmid was killed but typed araver. My bad.
  16. UN Mafia III

    Sad to see Araver gone as his analyses are usually pretty insightful, and I rank myself still as a newbie. Anyway that said, I'm fairly certain that y'all want me in the game for reasons stated in a previous post. Hello MikeD: Players: 1. Thalia - voting for bonanova 2. bonanova - voting for MikeD 3. Molly Mae - voting for Thalia 4. Flamebirde - voting for bonanova 5. maurice - quarantined by Sweden 6. MikeD 7. plasmid - Invaded N1 by China
  17. Signups for a Mafia game?

    I would cast a mild vote for G / B / Indie game because I'm such a novice. Having said that, the present rules are nicely done.
  18. Signups for a Mafia game?

    I'll jump in. (Host): araver Players: 1.Thalia 2.bonanova 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Backups 1. 2.
  19. Another quiet night at Morty's. Until Alex came in. I bought a bunch of factory reject dice the other day, he said. They're OK except the numbers are all wrong. Mostly they have extra two's and three's, but this one [he held one up, far enough away so the numbers could not be read] has all different numbers. Still, the numbers aren't 1-6. I have a wager for anyone here who thinks he's a genius. I'll roll the thing three times against that wall over there. The bottom and back die faces won't be visible, but I'll give you the sum of the four faces that are visible. As a bonus, I'll give you the sum of the top and front faces. I'll buy a pint for anyone who can tell me all six numbers on the die. If you try and can't figure it out, you'll buy me a pint. He rolled the die three times and called out the numbers: Roll #1 = 28 and 18 Roll #2 = 18 and 7 Roll #3 = 22 and 6 Jim thought for a while, then said, no way. There's too many possibilities. So did Ian and Jamie. Davey paused to scratch his beard and said, I'll try. Would you have taken the bet?
  20. Last night at Morty's - Alex's weird die

    Hi Kt.Kpop. Welcome to the Den, and congratulations on solving the puzzle. Feel free to post some of your favorites here, too. Interesting twist phaze. Is this an accurate paraphrase? Arrange 2,4,5,7,8,11 (differently) on three dice in such a manner that throwing each of them once cannot disclose enough information to deduce the six numbers separately. My intuition says that it is possible. But proving it seems to require a list of every combination of all possible throws, 24 possibilities for each throw, and the application of a program that is verified to find a solution if one exists for each set of three throws. Proving something does not exist is always harder. Still it's interesting.
  21. Well the issue is what 0,000...1 means. That question must be answered before asking whether it has a value, and if so what the value is. The expression contains a string that is both infinite and terminating. A terminating string can be counted. Each digit occupies a numbered place. What place does the 1 occupy? This expression implies that a finite string that terminates with a 1 can contain an infinite sub-string of zeros. That fact is equivalent to saying that any explanation of the meaning of the expression must contain a contradiction. We can construct the sequence 0.1 0.01 0.001 0.0001 0.00001 ... and ask whether the sequence converges. Yes. It easily can be proved to converge to zero. But the proof never mentions 0.000...1. So it does not apply to the OP. Regarding your student's proof I question the assertion 1 - 0.000....1 = 0.999.... Why? Because it equates an infinite string to a terminating string. I would say 1 - 0.000....1 = 0.999... - 0.000...1 = 0.999...8 whose meaning is equally problematical. Saying that it evaluates to unity carries the same difficulty as the original question.
  22. Good-natured Trump jokes

    An airplane was about to crash. There were four passengers on board but only three parachutes. The first passenger said, "I am Steph Curry, the best NBA basketball player. The Warriors and my millions of fans need me and I can't afford to die." So he took the first pack and jumped out of the plane. The second passenger, Donald Trump, said, "I am the newly-elected US president and I am the smartest president in American history, so my people don't want me to die." He took the second pack and jumped out of the plane. The third passenger, the Pope, said to the fourth passenger, a 10-year old school boy, "My son, I am old and don't have many years left. You have more years ahead so I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute." The little boy said, "That's okay, Your Holiness, there's a parachute left for you. America's smartest president took my school bag."
  23. Celebrity Interview

    So you're a writer, Bill. Care to share some of your work? Sure. Here are a few bits of it: FF?