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« on: Nov 07, 2010, 07:40PM »

This is a new game, somewhat related to the earlier ones. The person whose post number is directly in the middle of the number of posts (say the 20th post in 40 posts) is the winner. This may seem hard at first glance, which is why I chose it. However, I have kept it to my heart that trombone players are smart at things besides our instruments, unlike so many of my friends tell me. Evil
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 07, 2010, 07:50PM »

Well, you are first and right now I am last.  Nobody is winning.  With the next post I am winning.  But after that, Katy Bar the Doors!
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 07, 2010, 08:20PM »

For Bruce, the First Middle.
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 07, 2010, 09:53PM »

not so fast
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 08, 2010, 03:13AM »

And now the torch passes from invisibility to Jim ;-)
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 08, 2010, 07:14AM »

Thank you, smart people for understanding this game. :D :D :D
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 08, 2010, 07:18AM »

But you just made it so nobody was winning :/

Oops, now it's Sly Fox Way cool
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 08, 2010, 07:14PM »

Well, this post makes Bruce the winner.  Congratulations!  :)
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 08, 2010, 07:29PM »

Actually  not.  That post made NOBODY the winner (even number of posts).

Bur this post actually makes me the winner!! Amazed Amazed Amazed

Somebody post to take it away! Evil Evil Evil
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 08, 2010, 07:32PM »

Me me me me...
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« Reply #10 on: Nov 08, 2010, 07:47PM »

Actually  not.  That post made NOBODY the winner (even number of posts).

Bur this post actually makes me the winner!! Amazed Amazed Amazed

Somebody post to take it away! Evil Evil Evil

Okay, now wait a minute.  I need to figure this out.  For someone to have the post that is actually the MIDDLE post, there has to be an odd number of total posts, correct?  So, for instance, if someone's post is number 9, that makes the person whose post was number 5 the winner because there are now four posts on either side of post number 5. 

Or, in the case above, there were 7 posts, so the person with post #4 would have been the winner at that point. 

Right? 

So this post, number 10, leaves us with no winner unless there's a person at number 5.5 since that's the official midway point of ten posts. 

Or am I splitting hairs (or posts) here?  ;-)
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« Reply #11 on: Nov 08, 2010, 07:55PM »

Correct.
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 09, 2010, 01:59AM »

Actually, the numbers are replies, so you have to add 1 (original post) to the total.  Reply 10 (Post 11) does make a winner, while Reply 11 (Post 12) does not.

My head hurts. ;-)
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« Reply #13 on: Nov 09, 2010, 07:06AM »

That's why I mdae it. :D The winner is in the middle of the total posts, not replies.
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« Reply #14 on: Nov 09, 2010, 07:11AM »

sounds like you might need higher math skills  Eeek! Amazed Don't know :-0
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« Reply #15 on: Nov 09, 2010, 07:17AM »

sounds like you might need higher math skills  Eeek! Amazed Don't know :-0

Winner=Author of reply (((Replies+1)/2)+0.5) | ((Replies+1)/2) ends in 0.5

Note that an odd numbered reply results in a value that has .5, and hence is a whole number.  The vertical bar can be interpreted as "Given".  An even numbered post has no midpoint (odd-numbered reply)

<Edit: found logical error and fixed it.  Only an odd number of posts can have a middle.>
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« Reply #16 on: Nov 09, 2010, 08:30PM »

Wow that just made my head hurt and all I did was walk in here.
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 06, 2010, 04:06AM »

Pudding Singles--Just saying Sing it!
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 06, 2010, 04:56AM »

Let's see...

Gemma is Post #18 (Reply 17).  To make her the winner, we need 17 more posts.  I'm the first.

Incidentally, I just made Jim Archer (Reply 9) the winner!  Congratulations, Jim!
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 06, 2010, 03:19PM »

I post and I wait...

I'm waiting....

still...yeah, you know.
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