Ask Mar­i­lyn

Los Angeles Times - - PICKS - By Mar­i­lyn vos Sa­vant

Say you have four spe­cially marked dice. Two play­ers each se­lect one, and the player who rolls a higher num­ber wins. The faces are 1-1-1-5-5-5, 2-2-2-2-6-6, 3-3-3-3-3-3 and 4-4-4-40-0. You’re given the first choice. Which die should you choose?

—Tom Moore, Ojai, Calif.

Here’s a brain-bending chal­lenge for you, puz­zlers: I’ll tell you which die is the strong­est (mean­ing that it will score more wins when played against all the other dice), and you fig­ure out why it doesn’t mat­ter which die you choose! The an­swer will ap­pear June 29 at Pa­rade.

com. (Click on Ask Mar­i­lyn.) OK, ready? The strong­est die is 2-2-2-2-6-6. Have fun!

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