Pop Quiz Time

Here’s an interesting page I stumbled across earlier – Bill Gates and Petals Around the Rose. This page describes a dice game that people having been playing since at least the 70’s. It’s a fun little mental exercise.

First, you roll five six-sided dice (5d6 for the hardcore D&Ders), then you guess the answer. There are only two rules:

  1. The name of the game is Petals Around the Rose, the name is significant.
  2. Every answer is zero or an even number.

I did a little Googling and found a Flash version of Petals Around the Rose. With this you should be able to play the game long enough to figure it out.

It took me about 30 minutes plus a page of graph paper full of notes to finally get it.

Just be careful if you decide to do your own search, some sites give away the secret. I wouldn’t want to have to give anyone a zero on this quiz for cheating.

2 Replies to “Pop Quiz Time”

  1. Lots of free time on your hands, huh? Anything that takes a page of notes should not qualify as a “game”.

  2. Actually, Paige figured it out without taking any notes. She’s a clever girl. That’s one of the reasons I married her.

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