Category Archives: Combinations

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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Out Buying Marbles

Lenny was out on the town with his daddy and they entered a toy store. “I would like to buy twelve marbles, daddy,” said Lenny loudly. “Ok, my boy, let’s ask the man,” said daddy. “We have lots of marbles, … 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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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 Tribal Challenge

Dr. Sam Edelstein, a homeopath, was deciding which of the items to select today. Before him, as always, were placed two toads, three plant roots, four beetles, three eggs and a dead snake. Dr. Sam Edelstein’s task was to select … Continue reading

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The Choice of Christmas Gifts

“Jimmy, you can choose two gifts, but they must be from different types,” said uncle Henry. “Hmm, what should I select,” said Jimmy, looking at the five different video games, six books, and four toys on the shelf at the … 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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The Bookstore Shelf

Harry was busy arranging books on a book shelf at the Wide Horizons Book Shop. Harry was positioning two copies of Inferno,  three copies of The Da Vinci Code and four of Origin. A little boy stood there watching Harry. … 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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