Darts Quiz Puzzle

We were talking over a cup of coffee the other day about darts, and we discussed the popular darts game Around the Board or Around the Clock. We could remember playing this in two related ways.

In the simplest way of playing each player has to hit One followed by Two, and so on, hitting all the numbers from One to Twenty in order. After hitting Twenty the next target is the Outer Bull, followed by the Inner Bull to finish. The first person to hit all the targets in order wins the game.

In the way of playing above it doesn't matter which bit of the numbered segment you hit - Single, Double and Treble One all move you on to Two. A slightly more complicated way of playing gives benefit to hitting Doubles and Trebles. For example, hitting Treble One (that is a score of three) makes the next target Four (that is one more than the three scored). In this way a good player can advance more quickly.

Clearly, in the first method of playing 22 darts is the fewest in which a player can complete the game - 20 numbers plus the two bullseyes.

In the second method of playing what is the fewest darts needed to complete the game?

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Answer at 9.00 on Monday


  • Matthew

    8 darts.

    T1, T4, T7, T10, T13, T16, T19, Double BULL.

  • Quiz Master Shop

    Phillip, you have to hit outer then inner bull

  • philip smith

    I am not sure about the rules.
    If you get to 20 and you need the inner bull next, is it OK to hit the bull scoring 50 to finish the game?
    my answer.
    Double 1
    treble 3
    This needs 4 darts.

    If you are not allowed to do this it would take 5 darts as you would need to hit 25 before 50.

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