What can the Second Prize Possibly be?

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You are guaranteed to win one of the following five prizes, the letter says. (And it is completely free! Just 6 dollars shipping and handling.)

a) a high-definition huge-screen TV,

b) a video camera,

c) a yacht,

d) a decorative ring, and

e) a car.

Oh yeah, you think, a worthless decorative ring, and throw the letter away.

But once I got a letter with the following promise:

You are guaranteed to win two of the following five prizes, the letter said. 

a) a high-definition huge-screen TV,

b) a video camera,

c) a yacht,

d) a decorative ring, and

e) a car.

Now, one prize will be a worthless decorative ring, but what will the second prize be?

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7 Responses to What can the Second Prize Possibly be?

  1. HighSchool says:

    two decorative rings, clearly

  2. Harrison says:

    I agree, they never said two distinct prizes.

  3. Harrison says:

    (The real question is, are the decorative rings Cohen-Macaulay?)

    (GK:!!!)

  4. tobiasosborne says:

    I agree with highschool, but it could be the yacht: you can’t give those things away! The docking fees alone cost as much as a car a year. (A friend of mine recently accepted the offer of a free yacht. Not such a good deal for him in the end ;) )

  5. Kevin C. says:

    A matchbox car.

  6. PhilG says:

    The video camera. A low res webcam without power supply or recording media could be made extremely cheaply.

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