Bamboozlers: Ten of Spades
A mathematical brain-teaser for card enthusiasts.
Lay out the Ace through ten in four rows so that each row equals 18.
See Figure 1.
You can show them how the cards will be laid out by putting the cards face-down in the above sequence in a random order. Or you could just hand them the packet of cards and allow them to figure out how the rows are to be formed. If you don’t have a deck of cards handy, then simply write the numbers one through ten onto the back of some pieces of paper, sugar packets or paper coasters in a restaurant.
When they give you a hard time for not playing with a full deck, tell them that you can’t help it because you were born that way.
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