
You may use only these keys.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + =
Take turns to add a singledigit number to what is already on the calculator.
The winner is the player who makes the display show 30.
If you go over 30 you lose.
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If the target was 53 instead of 30 what strategy could you use to win?
Investigate for other targets and different available calculator keys.
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Here is the URL which will take them to Multipile Nim which is a different game but based on similar principles.
You might also like to try Simple Nim with pens and pencils.