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Take a pack of cards and remove the Jacks, Queens and Kings.

Shuffle the remaining cards, and then lay the whole pack face up on
the table in a snake, like this one:

Place four different coloured counters on the first four cards in
the snake. Then move each counter foward the number shown on its
card (Aces count as $1$). Keep moving each counter until it can't
go any further without going off the end.

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Did your counters all finish on different cards?

Repeat the experiment a few times.

How often did all the counters finish on different cards?

How often did they all finish on the same card?

Can you explain your results?

Challenge
Find a way to arrange the cards so that all four counters finish on
different cards.

Can you do the same with five counters?

This problem is based on a card
trick called Kruskal's Count; you can read more about the original
trick in
this article by Steve Humble.