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Summer Maths Puzzles - Teaser Puzzle £8.19

£8.19

Two players play a game.

  • They each start with an unlimited number of coins of denominations: 1p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p and 100p.
  • They take it in turns putting coins into a pot one at a time.
  • The winner is the person who places the final coin into the pot reaching the target total of £8.19.
  • A player automatically loses if they exceed the target total.

Given that they are both perfect logicians and strategists, who wins? 

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    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons