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1. ## HoustonHokie

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3. If Cody picks the joker to begin with, does the host tell him when she goes to remove it from the deck?
4. yeah, but I think that's cheating... need to stay inside the grid (although most puzzles need you to think outside the box, this one does not ). The blank square is the one just northeast of the 7 & 4 at the top. Famous puzzle, famous answer, so I'll refrain from posting. But I finally remembered where I'd seen Prof. Templeton's avatar before...
5. Here's what I've never understood about the gossip ring in these type of puzzles: And here's the other thing I don't get:
6. Looks like bushindo was saying the prisoners were limited to 49 bits of information. A name and an ordinal would be one bit each. I agree that it makes sense for them to alphabetize themselves prior to dividing, but I'm not sure how to divide or how beneficial it would be to only know part of the equation. The prisoners could only memorize their own ordinal plus the names and ordinals of 24 others. So, when they got to the jar room, how do they open the jars? Do they go 1-50, but if they come across a name they know that's higher than 50, they open 1-49 plus that jar? Or do they open all the jars matching ordinals they memorized, plus the first 25 others in line? I have no idea how to calculate the odds that names would get put where they belong. Say they know 3 and 6 from memory, and happen to come across 4 & 5 in the initial 50 jars. They could sort 3-6 properly in that case. But if they only came across 4, where would you put it? Presumably you'd want it in 4 or 5 (because it's between 3 & 6), but which? And what do you put in the other jar (4 or 5)? It would have to be something out of order, and that would be a big problem. It almost seems like the extra information is enough to confuse, but not to help. The more I think about it, the more I think you're limited to a sort and search procedure unless you know every name.
7. But we can do better...
8. Yes, actually, it would.
9. Okay, just the line this time
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