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Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

To play the game, take cards alternately. You win if you get all the occurrences of the same letter. (e.g. AN, ON and LINE contain all occurrences of the letter N)

Can you devise a strategy so that you never lose?

Can you explain your strategy?

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Look at all of these games. What do you notice about the strategies they employ?

We suggest tackling them in the order given.

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