# Puzzles – 15

## 11 thoughts on “Puzzles – 15”

1. Catatonic |

95 games ?

• Can you tell me your logic? You’re in the “close, but no cigar!” category ðŸ™‚

regards
J

• Catatonic |

Haha !

I started by 96 games, and kept on diving by 2. When there were 3 games, then I added the one game to make a total of 4, and again divided by 2.

I wasn’t confident, anyway. ðŸ˜€

2. Hmm. Did you remember to include the final at the end, after that division by 2…? ðŸ˜›

regards
J

3. Catatonic |

97 it is !

Veteran’s apprentice ðŸ˜€
I will need your inputs to get this concept crystal clear ðŸ™‚

P.S. Tennis tournaments

• How is 95 + 1 = 97? ðŸ˜® There is no play-off for the 3rd/4th place (yeh world T20 nahin hai dost!)

regards
J

• Catatonic |

play-off ! Lol..

Oh.. I am sorry. Realised my mistake; I was adding 4 instead of 3.
Can we generalise for an odd number of teams ?

P.S. really acting catatonic ðŸ˜¦

4. Yes, there is a 10-second solution ðŸ™‚ But we’ll leave that for Thursday…

regards
J

• Catatonic |

Looking forward to that ! ðŸ™‚

5. Nandh Kishore |

Sir,
there is a different way of looking at this problem..
It takes one game to eliminate a loser.
So, in order to have a distinct winner, you will have to eliminate the remaining 96 players.
So, in order to eliminate 96 other players, 96 games are played.. which eventually helps in deciding the winner !

-Nandh

• That’s exactly the method and answer given? What’s the problem?

regards
J