I’m In Charge of SCP - Chapter 122
Zhang Jue looked left and right inside the mall but couldn’t figure out what to buy for Yang Xue. So he simply pointed to the jewelry store where the interactive quiz was taking place,
“How about I win the game over there as a gift for your sister rather than choosing what should it be?”
Ning looked at the crowd that had gathered around in front of her and said, “You? Participating in it?”
It’s not that she despises Zhang Jue since the jewelry store dares anyone to participate in this kind of event. The topic is extremely difficult. They have watched it for ten minutes. The host stands next to a dozen people, and none of them can answer the quiz. Is he smarter than them?
Zhang Jue didn’t say anything but laugh, “You never know if you don’t try it, just in case I get it right by mistake.”
Ning hummed, “You just don’t want to spend your money.”
She finished speaking but suddenly frowned. She remembered what Yang Xue had just said. It seemed that she was indeed too concerned about this money thing. But it couldn’t be helped. She had been raised by her grandparents since she was young, and what she lacked most was money.
She needed money to go to school, she needed money to eat, and she couldn’t do anything without money. She once swore that she would make lots and lots of money and marry a wealthy husband to beat the faces of those who once looked down on her.
But Yang Xue’s words overturned her perception, is there something more important than wealth and good looks? How is it possible? It must be Sister Yang Xue’s mistake. It must be.
She flirts about it, and Zhang Jue does not care about it. He laughed and squeezed into the crowd, listening to that host’s questions.
The tall, pretty-faced host stood on the event’s special stage and said with a smile, “That question was a little harder just now, and Mr. James answered it in 20 minutes, which is very rare. So next is our grand finale. This is the last and most difficult question tonight. See if you can win the mystery prize of the store with superhuman intelligence. Please listen carefully to the question.”
The penultimate question that James just answered correctly is an arithmetic problem. The original correct solution is a mathematician’s thesis argued tricky algorithm, but how would these ordinary citizens know? And finally, the calculator that Mr. James used violently cracked after hearing that there were more difficult questions. Instead of being afraid, he waited for the question to come at him.
As soon as the host’s voice came, the crowd in the area quieted down. Either excited or nervous, waiting to see how difficult the last question would be. The host gently cleared his throat and said in a soft voice that was not too small, “Once upon a time, there were five pirates who robbed a hundred gold coins.”
“But because of the distribution problem, a little conflict arose. So, they came up with a method.”
“The five pirates made a plan, they proposed a distribution plan in turn, and the others voted on whether to agree or not toward the plan.”
“If the majority of the people agreed to the distribution, then the reward distribution came to a general consensus. Note that it needs more than half of the entire vote to get it to pass. Otherwise, the personnel will be thrown into the sea. The next person shall continue to distribute the treasure until they are satisfied with the distribution.”
“If all of the pirates are smart enough, sensible, and trustworthy. Then how is the first pirate going to distribute the money to others while also getting the most money without being killed?”
“Each person has one chance. The first correct answer is the winner. Let the game begins!”
So complicated! That long question made those present onlookers a little bit confused. Everyone looked down and thought, each with a sad face, as if they were the pirates who would be thrown into the sea.
“Equal share, twenty gold coins each!” A man in the crowd shouted. The answer was probably the first thing that came to everyone’s mind.
According to the usual experience, it seemed more reasonable. However, the host shook his head.
Another person answered, “Of course, the first person wouldn’t dare to ask for gold coins. He would be thrown into the sea. So, it should be 0, and the others will have twenty-five gold coins each!”
This solution sounded a bit more reasonable, but unexpectedly the host shook his head again. He was signaling that this answer was also incorrect and could not maximize the benefits for the first pirate.
Several minutes passed, and still, no one came up with a correct answer. Because once the answer is available, it will immediately be denied by the crowd. Then the crowd will go on a rally and maybe throw that person into the sea.
Plus, each person only has one chance to answer the question. Even if they are lucky enough to get the right amount, they have to say the specific distribution plan, which is even more difficult. So, the crowd stopped talking before they were completely sure.
Ning and Yang Xue stood on the farthest side of the crowd while still could hear the question clearly.
Although Ning Ning is a liberal arts student, she thinks she has good math skills. But she still couldn’t come to a conclusion in a short time. She asked Yang Xue, “Sister, do you know the answer?”
Yang Xue shook her head, indicating that she was not sure. With this kind of question, the difficulty is not really that hard. You only need paper, a pencil, and a little more time to think about the question. Perhaps most people can solve it.
But the mall is crowded. In this kind of environment, it’s not easy to think quietly, let alone come up with the optimal solution within the time limit. But just because she can’t doesn’t mean everyone can’t.
Yang Xue looked at Zhang Jue in the crowd and smiled heartily. Ning looked at Yang Xue’s eyes, and her heart trembled slightly.
Girls were very sensitive to feelings, and even if Yang Xue didn’t admit it. She could tell that her sister looked at the man named Zhang Jue with a light in her eyes. She was very puzzled as to what magic that seemingly ordinary man had. If it was just under his flowery words, then she must help her sister to expose him.
Her eyes once again looked at the stage.
Five minutes had passed, and the host was secretly proud of himself when he saw that the crowd still hadn’t come up with an answer. He looked at the card in his hand and also showed a surprised expression as if he couldn’t believe the numbers written on it. Such an outrageous answer. An average person would never think of it, I’m afraid. The manager gestured to him inside the store, and the host nodded slightly.
Just as he was about to give a hint, a man with an Oriental face smiled at her.
“Mr. Host, I know the answer.”
That fast? Everyone looked at him in surprise.
That host also smiled, “I may have you remind you, young man. Everyone only has one chance to answer the question. So, if you are confident, then please tell me. How many gold coins can the first person get at most?”
Under the crowd’s gaze, Zhang Jue raised his head and gave an answer that made everyone’s jaws drop.
“The first person can get ninety-seven gold coins.”
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