The Flawed Game

A teacher was having trouble getting her students to learn their facts, but she noticed that her students often played the game "Rock, Paper, Scissors". She made a game with similar rules in order to encourage the students to learn their facts.

The class would be divided into three teams: Rock, Paper and Scissors. The teacher would ask the students a question and the class would raise their hands if they knew the answer. If the first person to answer the question correctly is in the Rock team, he or she would choose one player from the Scissors team to be eliminated. Similarly, if a player from the Scissors team was first to answer the question, then he or she would eliminate a member from the Paper team. Lastly, if a player from the Paper team was first to answer correctly, he or she would eliminate a member from the Rock team.

The teacher would then continue asking questions until only one team still has members. That team would be declared the winner and all its members would win a small chocolate.

However, as soon as she explained the rules to the class, one particularly smart student immediately found a large flaw that made the game unplayable. Can you do the same?


  1. Lets take a simple example...suppose a player from rock team is so intelligent that he answers all the questions...he will eliminate all the members of scissors the game cannot progress.

  2. @jainendra game can still progress and in your case this is biased condition,you can not assume one team to give all the answer.

  3. ok...there would always be a time when only players from two teams would be this case though one team can eliminate players from other but vice-versa is not true...hence despite giving correct answers, the other team is bound to lose...i think the game can still be played but it just becomes biased at this moment.

  4. @jainendra yes this is the scenario, when player from one team can eliminate other team but vice-versa is not possible.


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