OK, here is the puzzle……

During a high stakes poker competition preceded by a sit-down dinner, Dick, Tom, Harry and Fred played together. At the end of the evening, all four had more cash than when they arrived. In other words, none of them lost although they were playing for money. How could this be?

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    1. If what I think you’re thinking is what I’m thinking, it’s not even a puzzle. Thus I don’t think it’s what I’m thinking.

    1. I found a fourth and a fifth answer.

      I suppose it is the fifth answer. But if it is, I want you to make excuses for blaming 86% of the parents that they would not hand over their “rioting” child to the police. Because that is the same issue as this puzzle!

  1. I appreciate it must be difficult to come up with original puzzles every week, but I suspect most of those of us who click on the link have been disappointed more often than we’re challenged recently.

  2. Got an obvious answer straight off. Then realised that a totally fantastical answer was equally valid and decided that if the answer doesn’t involve the dinner then it’s probably wrong.

  3. Can think of at least a few answers. Not sure if any happen to be the “right” answer, but I won’t feel bad if they’re not with this sort of puzzle.

  4. Um, was it something to do with the bank heist that happened the same evening? They were caught because forensics found traces of Fred’s salmon mousse.

    I also have 3 other answers, the second of which I suspect is right.

  5. There are so many possibilties and no way to eliminate them, so I’ve decided that they are all magic ghosts who can generate cash by winking

  6. One very obvious answer occurs to me, but this is wide open to multiple explanations. I guess the “right” answer will be the one that makes the least number of assumptions.

  7. If this can be shortened to just the poker and reworded to say all of them gained more (cash or whatever) than they lost at poker, then I’m stumped. Otherwise I have many different answers which jumped out at me. The second (not involving the dinner) is nicest and I hope what Richard is thinking.

  8. Once again Clever Dicks giving the answer away. Why is it that some people find it impossible to leave a comment without doing that?

    1. OK, but I disagree. I was a little stumped, although I could think of a couple of possible solutions, but some of the comments above led me to what I’m certain is the right one. We shall see…

    1. How did you time yourself? With an atomic clock?

      I don’t like this puzzle – it seems too vague.

      Have a great bank holiday weekend everyone.

  9. As often happens, my answer will be right in my world. I’m also imagining that Harry and Fred are short for Harriet and Freda, for a bit of gender equality.

  10. First I got annoyed because if we’re allowed to add premises, only the imagination limits the number of answers.

    Then I read some pretty obvious hints in the comments and found the answer (yes, I went looking in the comments, sorry!).

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