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Columns for June, 2022

Two Last-Trick Problems

Martin Tompa
June 27, 2022

Today, as a special bonus for my faithful readers, I’m going to give you two puzzles for the price of one. As another bonus, I will reveal to you that both puzzles have to do with the question of how to win the last trick. The two puzzles bear a lot of similarity to each other, at least on the surface. I made the right play on only one of them when they came up.

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Martin Tompa

Martin Tompa (tompa@psellos.com)

I am a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where I teach discrete mathematics, probability and statistics, design and analysis of algorithms, and other related courses. I have always loved playing games. Games are great tools for learning to think logically and are a wonderful component of happy family or social life.

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