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Tommy from Oswald Road Primary School gave a
very clear general way of describing where you would want to stand.
If there are $8$ or more players, be $8$th.
If there are fewer than $8$ players, keep subtracting the number
of players from $8$ as many times as you can, but don't get to $0$
or less. The remainder you are left with is the position you should
Well done, Tommy. Amanda from Knights
Templar wrote this in a slightly different way and explains where
the number $8$ has come from:
If the number of people is less than $8$ (the number of words) then
you do $8$ - the number of people $= n$. You position yourself
where $n$ is said, so if $ n = 5$ you would make sure you were
$5$th. If the number of people is more than the amount of words
($8$) then you just go $8$th as then the last word would end on
Thanks to both of you and to Ed,
Llewellyn and Alistair from St Peter's. I wonder how you reached
these conclusions? It would be interesting to know what you had
tried to get you this far.