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Experienced with the Catalyst framework, Perl, VB.NET, PHP & VBscript.

Currently working in Rustington UK.


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3) is the best by far I've heard... it beats my solution! (now I just need a way to market this idea! - I'm thinking wineboxes with wrapping paper! :D.
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2) helped me come up with the solution. But I don't have the rep to answer my own question for 8 hours.. basically leave cards in your office.. move to your left through each office and choose to take or not take a card till you're at the last office.. take any cards that remain and you're the secret postman for those remaining cards (find somebody with to few cards). Solved!
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I like the idea of 2) in that it removes the need for a third party. It would require a modification of covering your eyes until it is your turn to draw. It does suffer from the same problem as Daniel's solution, in that when you're down to the last two people they have a 50% chance of having themselves or their partner left on the table and knowing who's buying their gift. To avoid this a solution that requires you to know which cards are yours can only be solved by everybody drawing at once - which means you know who's buying your present. Nice idea but it doesn't work :(.
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Good point.. a third party (like a computer) is a good solution.
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I can see what you're thinking.. But surely the Last two sets of people know who's buying there present.
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