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# Ponder This

## August 2000

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WINNING 121 TO 8 AFTER ONLY 2 ROUNDS
Did you know it is possible for you to win 121 to 8 after 2 rounds only?
You win the cut and deal first.
Notes: Jd and 5d = jack and 5 of diamonds (suits don't matter after). Bracketed numbers like (3) is the order cards played during pegging.

 YOU HIM/HER POINTS POINTS CRIB: 5 5 5 Jd 21 NIB: 5d HAND: 4 4 4 6 29 4 9 10 K 4 (2) 6 2 (1) 9 (4) 4 2 (3) 4 (5) 4 6 GO (6) 4 14 (7) 10 (8) K 1 ROUND#1: 74 5 CRIB: 4 4 7 7 TOO LATE! NIB: 4 HAND: 5 5 5 6 23 4 5 Q K TOO LATE! (1) 6 (2) 4 (3) 5 5 (4) 5 2 (5) 5 6 GO (6) 5 13 (7) Q (8) K 1 ROUND#2: 47 3 TOTAL: 121 8

43 TO 0 AFTER 1ST PEGGING ROUND
Playing 2 against 2, and during the 1st pegging round of a deal...a team can get 43 points and the opponents ZERO.
PARTNERS : A-C & B-D
B plays first:
 A1 1 2 2 D2 10 K Q B9 10 J K C1 1 2 9

Player   Card   OnTable   Points   Cumulative
B9900
C91822
D22002
A22224
BGO
C224610
DGO
A2261222
BGO
C127022
DGO
A128224
BGO
C129630
DGO
A1301343

...THE OPPONENTS QUIT!!

15 two, 15 four, and the rest don't score
Well, well: cribbage again.
The game starts and Jack wins first deal.
The first pegging round just ended; John pegged ZERO points.
But Jack (as usual!) pegged the MAXIMUM possible points.
What 4 cards did Jack have, and what 4 cards did John have?
Hint: Jack did not have a 5.

(n) represents the order in which the cards were played):
 hands: 1 3 5 7 2 3 4 6 JOHN JACK ON TABLE POINTS TOTAL POINTS EXPLANATION (1) 3 (2) 3 6 2 2 pair (3) 5 (4) 4 15 5 7 run(3-5),15 (5) 1 (6) 2 18 5 12 run(1-5) (7) 7 (8) 6 31 9 21 run(1-7),31

6card Crib
New cribbage game:
• each player gets 6 cards
• that's it: no discards or deck cutting
• no change in the pegging and point counting
OK; first deal: your opponent plays first; this first deal ends with you getting the maximum points possible while your opponent gets ZERO points; includes the pegging points and the hand points.
Enter in ascending order: 1-2-3-4-5-6
(Jacks Queens Kings = 10)

Brackets ( ) indicate total on table, [ ] indicate pegging points.
OPPONENT     ME
Cards (order pegged)9 4 3 10 7 K6 4 5 5 6 4
1st pegging round9(9)6(15)[2]
4(19)4(23)[2]
3(26)5(31)[5]
2nd pegging round10(10)5(15)[2]
7(22)6(28)[4]
3rd pegging roundK(10)4(14)[1]
Pegging points:  016
Hand points - 8 15's:16
- 8 runs:24
- 3 pairs:6
TOTAL POINTS062

Note: could be played slightly different, and opponent could have a different card or two, but YOU need 445566 !!

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