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The highlight of Gill's fourth birthday party was a game of musical chairs. The game got down to herself, nurse and me. Only two chairs were left - the hard chair and the comfy chair, with a big gap between them. The music stopped and we all piled onto the nearest chair, some on top of one another. If Gill's bottom was firmly in contact with one of the two chairs, in how many different ways could this have happened?


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This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.