Bunny and I were at the Cracker Barrel playing the ever
Game. As I was struggling with the game (I am phenomienally
bad at that game—so bad I have my computer do it for me) when
Bunny asked, “What's the maximum number of pegs you can leave on the
That's an interesting question, and I was curious if there is any way to
do worse than ten pegs left.
Well, I forced my computer to play a bazillion times and the results are
interesting: ten pegs are the most pegs you can have left on the
board. What's more interesting is that discounting rotations and
reflections, there is only one way to leave ten pegs on the board
(six if you want to count reflections, rotations and reflected rotations as
Even eight pegs is pretty darned tough as well, with only two solutions
(or twelve if you include rotations, reflections and rotated
So, if leaving one means you are a genius (and there are several thousand
ways to leave just one peg), what does it mean to leave ten?
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