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Daily Riddle with an Answer: Clever Teacher and the 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' Game

Afouda Bamidele
Jun 27, 2021
09:00 A.M.
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Riddles are a great form of entertainment. However, they can also be used as tools of learning. Today's #Riddleoftheday involves a clever game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors."

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There are various forms of activities that can be used to spice up a boring day. Riddles and puzzles are good examples of ways to lighten up the atmosphere. However, these brain teasers can also serve as educational tools.

Therefore if you are in search of a fun way to boost your brain cells, then keep reading to stimulate your mind with today's riddle. This creative puzzle is guaranteed to get you excited for more.

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The Unplayable Game

There was once a teacher who found it difficult to educate her students. She couldn't make them learn their facts. However, the children happily followed the rules of the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" game.

Using the same logic, the teacher created a game of her own. She planned to educate the children with rules similar to their game. The class would be divided into three teams, Rock, Paper, and Scissors.

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The teacher would ask the students a question, and the team that knew the answer would raise their hands. If a member of the Rock team answered correctly, they could eliminate a student from the Scissors team.

However, if a student from the Scissors team answered correctly, he or she would eliminate a member from the Paper team. At the same time, a member of the Paper team could eliminate a member from the Rock team.

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Thereafter the teacher would continue asking questions until there was only one team left. Then, the last team standing would be declared the winner. The members of the team would also receive chocolate as gifts.

Alas, before they could play the game, a smart student spotted a flaw in the rules that made the game unplayable. Do you think you can find the error? Here is a clue to help focus your train of thought.

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Hint: Imagine what would happen after one team lost all its members.

Answer: The flaw in the rules exists in the elimination process. After one team loses all its members, the team that it eliminates members from will always win. If the Scissors team is the first team to lose all its members. It is now impossible for the Paper team to lose any members.

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However, the Paper team can still eliminate members from the Rock team, eventually winning. If the Rock team answers questions, there would be no one left to eliminate, so nothing would happen.

Therefore, it means that the best strategy for each team would be to avoid answering questions until one team is eliminated. If all the players know this, the game would never end, thereby making it unplayable.

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