POSTED ON BEHALF OF JOHN BAYLIS

**A Clarification**

At the monthly meeting on the 5th March, someone raised the point that I hadn't said how many stones were in the pile. This is true, but no, it wasn't an omission!

Which player, if any, has a winning strategy depends on the size of the initial pile. So to re-phrase the question; for which size piles can the 1st player force a win, and for which can the 2nd players do so? And what are the winning strategies?

And just to show I'm a generous sort of guy, here's a hint:

*"Start mentally experimenting with small piles, and that should give you a feel for what is going on in general.........................."*