# Last friday's riddler express solution?

Anyone else ever go to 538’s Riddler or Riddler Express? I enjoy some of the challenges though most of them i just skip because i haven’t the foggiest idea how to solve. That was not the case for last friday’s riddler express.

As an aside, does GoActuary support LaTex and the [spoiler][/spoiler] tag formatting?

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Is this straightforward? Can’t you just ignore all the instances where you don’t win? Because there are two conditions for winning. You either successfully land three conservative throws, or you land one aggressive throw. So, then you work out the 8 combinations where you win, then take the maximum probability from those 8 scenarios. Is it that simple? It’s been a while since exam P and even longer since combinatorics in college, so I’m rusty. Also I believe the highest probability of a win is 51.2%

I think the highest probability of a win is considerably above 51.2%, because you know the result of each toss before making the next. So there’s a 40% chance you win with a 3 on toss 1 (aggressive) because then you waste the rest. Add 12% for an aggressive complete miss then an aggressive 3. Just those get you to 52%. Then you have the 30% chance of a 1 on first toss, plus 2 1’s thereafter, and some other chances.

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I get 85.48% for throwing aggressive until 1 point or 3, then either conservative or wasted thereafter, depending on where you are.

I didn’t evaluate tries starting with conservative.

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I know I’ve seen that latex is possible here. Possibly used it. Don’t remember how

Search and found this. LaTeX enthusiasts - #29 by SpaceLobster

Lots of tips about Latex. Thread claims it works (except in signatures). As with spoilers, tags may have to be on separate lines. (That thread seems to say they must be.)