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## February 2020 - Challenge

In the famous Snakes and Ladders game, there is a board with 100 squares. You start at square 0 (just outside of the board) and then proceed to advance based on your move, which is dictacted by the throw of a fair dice. If your piece lands on a square that is at the very bottom of a ladder, you climb it. If your turn lands you at the head of a snake, you slide down to the bottom of its tail. And if your turn takes you out of the board (a square > 100), you stay in the square where you are at the time the dice was thrown.

Your challenge this month is to design a game with 10 ladders and snakes altogether that will lead to an expected number of moves (rounded to the 6th decimal place) of 66.978705.

As an example, the standard game of 19, with 9 ladders and 10 snakes:
[1,38],[4,14],[9,31],[21,42],[28,84],[36,44],[51,67],[71,91],[80,100],[16,6],[47,26],[49,11],[56,53],[62,19],[64,60,],[87,24],[93,73],[95,75],[98,78] has an expected 39.225122 moves (again, rounded to the 6th decimal place).

Bonus '*' for getting to at least 12 digits after the decimal point to 66.978705007555420778.

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Challenge: 28/01/2020 @ 12:00 PM EST
Solution: 03/03/2020 @ 12:00 PM EST
List Updated: 03/03/2020 @ 12:00 PM EST

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