Category Archives: Probability

The Parked Cars

“Looks pretty suspicious to me, Molly,” growled Sam Diamond, peering out of the window at the parking lot below through two slats he held apart in the blinds. “What do you mean, suspicious?” asked Molly with a worried tone. She … Continue reading

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The Cinema Queue

One rainy Saturday evening some years ago in lower Manhattan, Jane, a ticket girl, rushed into the  booth of the Roxy movie theatre to prepare things for the night shift. As usual, Eusebio, the evening shift ticket seller, had left … Continue reading

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The Speaker Sequence

One Sunday evening in River City, CNXY was in the process of televising a mayoral candidate debate with ten aspirants so they could practice their persuasive oratory on voters to gain their votes. A random method was employed to program … Continue reading

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Picking a High Card

Jake, now a full club member, was back again at the Happy Valley Card Club on a cold and snowy Friday evening. As usual, there were many people standing around a large rectangular table by the bar, where Charlie, the … Continue reading

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The Four Card Deal

Jake dropped by the Happy Valley Card Club to see what was happening on a snowy winter’s Friday evening in December. Jake enjoyed the conviviality and high-spirited discussions about the probabilities of card games in the lounge by the bar. … Continue reading

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The Three Cards

There was excitement again at the Happy Valley Card Club one Saturday afternoon. People were gathered around a table where a dealer was dealing three cards from a deck face down on the table, then, a bit later, three cards … Continue reading

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The Colorful Tennis Doubles

The Happy Valley Tennis Doubles Tournament was being sponsored by the Bronson Multi T-shirt Company, Inc. which was supplying free T-shirts in three colors, red, gold and blue, that were dispensed free at random by a machine in the lobby. … Continue reading

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The Wine Tavern

One Saturday evening in late winter, Jason, Melanie and Bob were sitting around a cozy table at the newly opened Bacchus Wine Tavern, that was promoting a novel wine pouring system consisting of five different types of wine and a … Continue reading

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Two Bridge Hands

One early and sunny Sunday afternoon at the Royal Banana Plantation Bridge Club, there arose an animated discussion as to whether hand A consisting of five clubs, four hearts, three diamonds and one spade was more probable than hand B … Continue reading

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Days Off

“I heard you have a new job, Dirk,” said Barney, taking a sip of his beer. “Yea, I do, Barney, and it’s a really great job because I get a lot of time off to go fishing at the lake,” … Continue reading

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