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Digital Dice by Paul J. Nahin

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9. The Forgetful Burglar Problem

Were it not better to forgetThan but remember and regret?

—from Letitia Elizabeth Landon’s Despondency, with the following problem as a counter-example.

Imagine an old-time medicine-man show, wandering from town to town, selling narcotic-laced bottles of “Doctor Good” to the local hicks. Imagine further that the star of the show indulges in his own product just a bit too much for his own good, and so can’t remember where he has already been in his travels. If he should put his tent up in a previously visited town, ...

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