Can you explain how this card trick works?
Imagine you have six different colours of paint. You paint a cube
using a different colour for each of the six faces. How many
different cubes can be painted using the same set of six colours?
Given a 2 by 2 by 2 skeletal cube with one route `down' the cube.
How many routes are there from A to B?
Bilbo and Frodo have just consumed a plateful of cherries. Each repeats the rhyme 'Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief' over and over again as he runs through his own heap of cherry stones. Bilbo finishes on 'sailor', whereas Frodo finishes on 'poor man'. What would they have finished on if they had run through both heaps together?
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