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Topic: Brussels sprouts
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John Conway

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Re: Brussels sprouts
Posted: Sep 10, 2003 9:58 AM
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On 9 Sep 2003, Gereon Kaiping wrote:

> Is Brussels Sprouts a really senseful game or is it only a Joke on the
> real sprouts game? I ask, because in "winning Ways" it says "Find a
> good beginning Strategy for the first player", but M. Gardner writes
> in his "mathematical carnival" that every Brussels Sprouts Game ends
> in exactly 5n-1 turns.
>


Yes, that's the joke. However, the game almost certainly gets more
interesting if you make adding the cross-bar optional. JHC





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