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You just got hired as the new bartender at The Unfriendly Bar! Your manager lets you know that you're only responsible for customers sitting at the bar in the stools. There are 25 stools in a row at the bar, all fixed to the ground (and no more can be added). However, all of the customers that come in hate each other. When someone sits down, they will sit down as far as possible from every other person (excluding you). A person will never sit down next to someone else. If there is a choice of two seats that are equally far/close from others, they will randomly pick one. You want the largest amount of people possible to sit at the bar so you can get the most tips possible.

Where should you tell the first person that comes in to sit, in order to fit the most people at the bar?

Also, what is the largest amount of people that will fit at the bar?

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There are two possible answers that are mirror images of each other

Not sure if anyone needs a hint, but if you do, here (in my opinion it's a pretty big hint, (unless you've already figured it out) so if you're doing well then don't look!

try to work backwards, seeing how many people you can fit at most

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Initial seating position is @ 9. This will ensure all odd seats are filled, having 13 customers.

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Also, if I'm at bar that night and there are some overly attractive females, then I will fit a couple of them on my lap :D

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Hm, well, maybe you'd have to position the first person at seat 1? Then the next will fill 25, the next 13, then 7 or 19, .... Ohhh.... nevermind that... but I know the max of people would be probably 13 people, on all the odd numbered chairs.

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I would work at a more friendly bar. It's no fun there and one should enjoy one's job :P

You just got hired as the new bartender at The Unfriendly Bar! Your manager lets you know that you're only responsible for customers sitting at the bar in the stools.
So your not a bartender, your a maitre di of the bar.

There are 25 stools in a row at the bar, all fixed to the ground (and no more can be added). However, all of the customers that come in hate each other. When someone sits down, they will sit down as far as possible from every other person (excluding you). A person will never sit down next to someone else. If there is a choice of two seats that are equally far/close from others, they will randomly pick one. You want the largest amount of people possible to sit at the bar so you can get the most tips possible.

Where should you tell the first person that comes in to sit, in order to fit the most people at the bar?

...any odd No. chair should work or seat at first or last chair

Also, what is the largest amount of people that will fit at the bar?
you need to get thirteen in so direct them all to odd chairs, leaving 25 spaces if there are more customers they will have to fit in the even numbers and reduce the tips, but please the management, though the customers may not come back next time.
25 new friendly customers, who love to tip
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you need to get thirteen in so direct them all to odd chairs, leaving 25 spaces if there are more customers they will have to fit in the even numbers and reduce the tips, but please the management, though the customers may not come back next time.

How do you mean you will have thirteen and 25 spaces? Also, a customer will never sit next to another customer.

...any odd No. chair should work or seat at first or last chair

Nice try, but not quite. There is a specific answer (and it's mirror image, so 2 choices total) that will allow you to seat more people than any other choice.

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By beginning seating at anywhere other than 9 or 17, you will end up with someone in an even position thus no tips for bartender to blow at strip club later on. Just take 9 + 25 = 34, 34/2 = 17, 17+1 = 18, 18/2 = 9, and through repeated iterations you'll find you'll never have an even number

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My answer

Either place the first person at seat 9 or at 17. This will ensure every odd seat filled.

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I didn't acknowledge it earlier because once you get it you should know, but largeneal got it right. Nice job! and now so did imran!

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