4 – number of times our truck was stopped by the police
0 – number of tickets Richard ended up getting
60% – odds of the campsite bathroom having toilet paper
13 – max number of inches between butts and the truck seats over rough roads
9 – number of cokes drunk
3 – number of freshly washed items dropped en route to hanging on washing line
1,250 – Malawian kwachas spent on really slow internet
19 – number of times Kevin attempted to dunk a basketball barefoot at Kande beach
0 – number of times Kevin successfully dunked a basketball barefoot at Kande beach
100; 15; 160 – number of yards the guy selling bracelets followed us; number of minutes he waited for us; number of Malawian kwachas spent
Puzzles for Postcards: Special Edition
The basis for this puzzle was thought up by Alex (my younger brother – thanks Alex, your postcard is in the mail!). Enjoy!
At the end of the school year, three rival high schools select their best dart thrower to square off in an epic carnival game duel. The rules are simple:
Each player has a stack of darts. Three balloons, one with each player’s name, hang on a wall 15 feet away. The goal is to pop the other contestants’ balloons before they pop yours.
The order of throws is randomly determined prior to the duel. The player chosen to go first gets one shot to pop an opponent’s balloon of his choosing. If he succeeds, the opponent is eliminated and no longer gets to throw. Then the next player goes, etc. until only one balloon remains. Whoever’s name is on that balloon is declared the winner.
In this particular year, both Fidelity High and Mile High each have a stud dart thrower who hits 100% of his throws and is thus the most popular kid in school. Loser High lives up to its name, as its best dart thrower only hits 40% of the throws he takes.
Assuming every thrower knows his competitors’ hit rates and acts rationally, which school is favored to win the competition and what percent of the time will that school do so?
Picture of the Day: Mr. Turtle thinks about jumping into the mint sauce but decides against it