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Recreational mathematicians will mourn Monty Hall's demise for he devised a most intriguing problem in his 1960s show 'Let's Make a Deal'

Devangshu Datta 

Devangshu Datta Game-show host Monty Hall (1921-2017) died on September 30. Recreational mathematicians will mourn his passage for he devised a most intriguing problem in his 1960s show, Let’s Make a Deal. Here’s how it went. A contestant stands in front of three closed doors. Behind one is a new car. The other two doors hide live goats (really!). The player is invited to pick a door and receive whatever is hidden behind it. (If you’re vegetarian and/or anti-personal vehicle, you may think of this in terms of three locked boxes, one of which contains a large cheque and other two ...

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 22:17 IST
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