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# this is a cry for help to all them smart people

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In a card game played with number cards from 1 to 9, you win based on the total value of your cards. If you have five cards that total 5, you beat someone with cards that total 25. How could that be?

Jun 14, 2020

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In a card game played with number cards from 1 to 9, you win based on the total value of your cards. If you have five cards that total 5, you beat someone with cards that total 25. How could that be?

In Blackjack, and ace is worth either 1 or 11, at the holder's choice.  Five cards that total 5 could only be five aces.  If the Blackjack rule that an ace can be worth 1 or 11 were applied to the game in question, then the five cards also total 55.

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Jun 14, 2020
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The Blackjack analogy above calls to mind what we might consider a corollory:  If the card game in question is in fact Blackjack, then the player with a total of 25 in his hand has exceeded a total of 21, and thus has "busted" as the jargon calls it.  I wish I had thought of this at the same time I posted the above; I believe it's a more elegant solution.

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Guest Jun 14, 2020
edited by Guest  Jun 14, 2020