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Check out what the John Ehret Patriots in New Orleans, Lousiana, USA, Noticed and Wondered about this Problem of the Week Scenario!

Here’s the story:

The Hopi Indians invented Totolospi, a game of chance. The game is played with three cane dice, a counting board, and a counter for each player. Each cane die can land round side up (r) or flat side up (f).

The moves of the game are determined by tossing the three cane dice with these rules:

Toss Move
three round sides up (rrr) player advances 2 lines
three flat sides up (fff) player advances 1 line
any other toss of the three cane dice player doesn’t advance

And here’s how they used Twitter to share what they noticed and wondered!
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Two wine merchants enter Paris, one with 64 casks of wine and the other with 20. Since they do not have enough money to pay the customs duties, the first merchant pays with 5 casks of wine and 40 francs, and the second merchant pays with 2 casks of wine and receives 40 francs in change…

So begins a challenging Math Forum Problem of the Week with an international theme. One thing that might be challenging about it is there is a lot of complex vocabulary. If English is not your first language, or you aren’t familiar with francs, casks, duties, etc. it’s hard to get to the math!

Can you help us? We’d like to translate this international problem into many languages, including plain English. Read More→

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