# A Game You Can Always Win

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The 100 game was created by the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson -- who you may know for writing Alice In Wonderland under the pen name Lewis Carroll.

Carroll’s Oxford students were amazed. On February 5, 1856 he wrote in his diary: “... the trick of counting alternately up to 100, neither putting on more than 10 to the last number named, astonished them not a little.”

The Universe in a Handkerchief: Lewis Carroll’s Mathematical Recreations, Games, Puzzles, and Word Plays, by Martin Gardiner

www.amazon.com/Universe-Handkerchief-Carrolls-Mathematical-Recreations/dp/0387256415

The Diaries of Lewis Carroll Volume I

www.amazon.com/Diaries-Lewis-Carroll-I/dp/B011UZLQ60

Arithmetical Croquet

www.mscs.mu.edu/~mikes/159/croquet.txt

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Vsauce29 months ago^{+4352}three curious bros

THEMAN 28055 days agoSilt doesn't work if the other person always makes it 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90

Stephen 456 days agoLike 75% to win 25% to lose yuor chances

The Wither Empire28 days agoDA BOIS

The Wither Empire28 days ago+young thug’s intern DA BOIS

Hippe 789Hour agoLol I challenge my mom and I said if I win I want $10 so now I got $10

Trung Crafter7 hours agoU playing with urself so u can win both way...

GENIUS!

Iwas topro15 hours ago(Haven’t finish the video ) I already understand make the sum to always 11 that’s what I think

Goldleaves The art queen17 hours agoI guess I’ll just play with myself

Jadon Rogers17 hours agoI already know about something similar to this but thank you.

Kawii Pandacorn19 hours agoWhat ever your first number is keep adding it to 1 you can find how do get to one hundred your first time

Kawii Pandacorn19 hours agoThe first game

Kawii Pandacorn19 hours agoi know how to win

Zihao Luo21 hour agoHow to win say one first

Terrarian Doge21 hour agonow how about a game that you can only *lose*

Zombie Hunter21 hour agoKevin? What about other person who’s name I forgot

Jdt001 !Day ago2:57 I made one of these in the game first to 21

You always have 4 in between because you can’t land on 21 and you can only add 1-3 so I made it where I always land on 20 if I can hit 4,8,12,16,20 i did that thing where you work it out backwards

Nirnoy KhanDay agoI am say the 100 laters

Epic PenguinDay agoKind of confused but okay.

StarzicalDay ago*What if they go first*

LilOkami2 days agoA game you can always win if you bother doing Maths in your brain.

BloxBuilder1652 days agogood, but i lost xd

AYDEN SMESTUEN2 days agoa game u will always win

*has no friend* lol

Shannon McQueen2 days ago“Play with my self”

AJXV35 ///2 days agoOnly a true master mind can win this

- _-

lizscoan2 days agowhat if both people use the trick?!

Gaming Universe2 days ago"A game you can always win" Ft. Lester from GTA 5

Landon Johnson2 days agoAnyone else think he sounds a little like hiccup from how to train your dragon

ThAnOs2 days agoYeet

JOR-EL GAMER2 days agoIts a prank

JOR-EL GAMER2 days agoI got $100 dollars playing that

FrankieDeuce2 days agoReminds me of the game "nim"

HotKee2 days agoPosted on my bday

D4RK AuraZz3 days agoAt 1:11 and pretty sure hes doing 11- opponents number, not sure

Annah Z's Videos and Vlogs3 days agotoo much math though KSKSKSKSKSKSKKS me no smart

Bottled Gacha3 days ago*laughs in having 1 friend*

Sabiya Arfan3 days agoYou look like Ant McPartlin

Unikue S3 days agoI could tell how to do it with out watching the rest of the video cuz all u do is add a number with whatever the other person chose that will equal 11

(Nvm lol)

Caleb Arulandu3 days agothe second I heard this game, I saw the pattern

Valawn3 days agoMy friend puch my dodo He was so mad!

DankBoi Gucciboi4 days agoWtf wasn't expecting that

Tim Bianchi4 days agoWsauce.....lol

Aperture Emplojee4 days agoI think the best strategie is to allways to even it out to 9

Ofc if the oponent dosent care that mutch but if they do start dooing it closer to the end otherwise play diferently

Denki Kaminari4 days agoWhat if you play with someone who does the same thing? Who will win?

bidule truc4 days agoYou have chubby cheeks

DatBoyDaniel4 days ago_i guess ill just play with my self_

ItzMeChanel xX4 days agoTwins?

andrew Lock4 days agoIs this patched

Xoruam4 days agoFirst 30 seconds:

If, somehow, this isn't yet in any VSauce out of context compilation, it needs to be.

Mr. Razor Doge4 days agoThank you now I can beat my friend all the time

Ak Zeenix4 days agoWhat is you dont have any friends?

Matthew Olson4 days agoi tryed this game with my brotherand it did not work

Christian Johansen4 days agoI can't wait to try this on my teacher

Pyxelz4 days agoIsn't that just pim

Lavi Legos4 days ago0:23 you do you

Angery Pepe4 days ago"Games you can always win" what if 2 people who watched this vid are playing the same game that you can always win?

Alejandro pena5 days agowhat if both of you know the strategy?

Lazy Wizard5 days agoThis game can be ruined by a third player. That will makes you unable to control the sum anymore.

JakobMad5 days agoA game you can always win. Grab a loaded gun (M1911) and play with your friend! You must start because you wont win!!!!!

lau kidd5 days agoHold on am I the only one that doesn't understand what he is saying

The End Cow films \\ TECF5 days agoOr you can just add 1 to the number that equals 10 after being added to your opponents number

EvanGamer5 days ago6:42 pun intended?

ryan engfelt5 days ago^{+1}u wont win because there is a way around. u would have to add up to nine always, so if the person said 2, i would say seven. or if they started with nine, you would say ten, or if they started with 3, you 6. because the sum would always be nine between u 2, so it would be up to 89, and it would be there turn. so whatever number they said then, you would say what added up to 100. GET DESTROYED!!!!!!!!!!

6 Tiny Pawsteps5 days ago*Ill just play with myself*

lollipop girl lps 835 days agoImma choose the number 1 no matter what so the game of me and myself is fun

Krzys J5 days agoIts easier just to let them gi first and then pick a number that with theirs = eleven

5000 subs without vids5 days agoWell bet my friend watched this already so can't win in this case unless I play with a friend that lives under a rock🤔

javor sirup5 days ago"I guess will see in the mirror"

Me:*breaks mirror*

RapidFireRocket6 days agojust play 100.

Dark Rainbow6 days agoTom Scott played a Sumerian game with the professor who rediscovered it. Go find.

Jacob Greenwood6 days agoThe game.

You all just lost.

BunnyPlayz6 days agoyaa.. so it's 3 am .-.

BunnyPlayz6 days agoo and I have no friends...

Sev6 days agoI did this in class and was one of the only to figure it out

CloudyPlayz _YT6 days ago0:23 any other dirty minded people?

Lewis Lewis6 days agoYou can win at 21 if you get to 16

Neo Gamboa6 days ago^{+2}“I guess I’ll just play with myself”

Me: ...

Davinzkii6 days agoi played with a friend and i did something wrong because he got 89 on me :C and i started

Kanyegriffin 916 days agoPlay with myself

Ernie Bautista7 days agoWhat if you said 99 at the beginning or -1

Genji Shimada Das7 days agoDoesn't the 2 player losses?

TheSatIsBack7 days agoBut can you not just add 100 if you're starting???

MakiHarukawa DGRPV37 days ago0:23 that sounds wrong XD

ZenyX CZ7 days ago69k likes (lenny)

Erik R.7 days agothis is so cool!

Felix Kolenda7 days agoI learned this in third class

BDLifesTruth7 days agoYO IF VSAUCE IS A CLAN COUNT ME IN

jsste8 days agoa game that you can always win, h1z1 in the morning in eu servers

PepedeMemez8 days ago^{+4}what if you don't go first

mario kart6 days ago^{+1}This was covered in the video: simply play a number that lands you back onto the 11n+1 sequence (1, 12, 23, 34, 45, 56, 67, 78, 89, 100)

For example, if your friend starts on a 7 you would play a 4, landing you on 12 where you just play as usual. (friend plays 8, you play 3. Friends plays 2, you play 9 etc until you are on 89 where you are guaranteed to win as long as you continue with the 11- whatever your friend plays)

Example game:

You (total) | Friend (total)

x (0) | 4 (4)

8 (12) | 5 (17)

6 (23) | 8 (31)

3 (34) | 3 (37)

8 (45) | 2 (47)

9 (56) | 4 (60)

7 (67) | 5 (72)

6 (78) | 4 (82)

7 (89) | 9 (98)

2 (100) And you win!

The only way you can lose is if your friend knows the strategy and they start first in which case, you are dead.

Sigurd Ahlgreen Pedersen 5A Hou Skole og Børnehus8 days agothexvid.com/video/fx2z5zd_rbo/video.html

Coping with the constant struggle of life8 days ago0:23 lol me being single

Krew Kersavage8 days agoa way to simple it is to just make sure the second digit number like 2 in 20, is smaller by one by the first digit number like 5 in 75.

chrisfan60008 days ago^{+3}0:21 THAT SOUNDS WRONG

TryRobot275 (known as redRobots)8 days ago^{+1}I can just say 100 lol

LOL Boy3 days agoThat is not how it works

Fuck YouTube8 days agoGames for the modern day causal trash gamer.

Vincent Styf Masreliez 99 days agoif both do that

1000 subscribers no videos challenge9 days agoSorry but, 'I guess I'll just play with myself'

Pranab Mohanty9 days ago^{+1}But I chose 6

Martin M. MASIL9 days agoJust say 100

ACoolMinecraftGuy9 days ago^{+1}he's just making it so the sum is 11

Kingk _Playz9 days ago6:41 *MATCH UP* With the series.

Nuclear Salt9 days agoWhere is micael

10,000 subs with no videos oh yeah yeah9 days ago^{+4}Next video: How to always win fortnite

Wings of Karma9 days agoIs it weird that I could instantly tell you just did whatever number plus theirs equals 11?

Marcus Licht9 days agoWhat if i cant count to ten