# Petals Around The Rose

A link to this game resurfaced at a local forum. I remembered it took me a while to solve it, one or two years back. Basically I carefully read through this story about Bill Gates and constructed the formula that gave the right answer everytime. But I never found out why the name of the game was important until today.

Discard all even throws, sum the total number of dots on the remaining odd dice and subtract the total number of odd dice. In a nutshell, whenever a 3 is thrown add 2 to the answer, whenever a 5 is thrown, add 4, otherwise do nothing. The answer turns out to be completely visual. Read this link. Now read the last sentence in that bill gates piece. I suspect that I got the same formula that he did.

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### 3 Responses to Petals Around The Rose

1. Hui Chen says:

My first response is RightClick->ViewPageSource, and win everytime. To play game is to win. Knowing directly how it’s designed is the best way for this purpose.

2. Leszek says:

The bigger puzzle for me was the name “petals around the rose” too.

I actually went to look at a rose to look for pattern.

The name of the puzzle is misleading though: do you know of any flower with two petals, nevermind a rose? Shouldn’t the game be called petals around the stem of a not-neccessarily-real flower?

3. hmm says:

I was confused by the fact that the dices was colored (and also ordered) on the screen… I had to run over the Bill Gates story to abandon that kind of thinking (as the game works with real dices too). After that I managed to have it fast, from a quite short list of examples (6) written down to a piece of paper; and the name of the game actually helped me, as I was looking for something similar from the beginning.