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The mathematics of Monopoly have long interested me as well, and that notion brings us to today's Brain Game. Like yesterday's puzzle, the answer to this one isn't as obvious as it might first appear. Please read carefully before answering!

As a collection, which color group of Monopoly properties costs the most for a player to purchase and fully develop?

Here is the ANSWER.

ANSWER:

No, it's not the dark blue properties (Park Place & Boardwalk). In fact, the dark blue group is #4 on the list. The red group is #3, the yellow group is #2, and the correct answer to today's Brain Game is: THE GREEN GROUP.

The key reason the dark blue group lags is that there are only two properties in the group, while most other groups are made up of three properties.

Here's the breakdown:

GREEN PROPERTIES: $3,920.

Pacific = $300, N.C. = $300, Penn. = $320. Total green properties = $920.

Houses/hotels = $200 each, so to develop 4 houses and then a hotel = $1,000 per property.

Total green properties = $920 + hotels on all three $3,000 = $3,920 to fully develop.

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DARK BLUE PROPERTIES: $2,750.

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Park Place = $350, Boardwalk = $400. Total blue properties = $750.

Houses/hotels = $200 each, so to develop 4 houses and then a hotel = $1,000 per property.

Total blue properties = $750 + hotels on both $2,000 = $2,750 to fully develop.

OTHERS: 

The YELLOW GROUP ($3050) and RED GROUP ($2930) also cost more to purchase and fully develop than the dark blue properties, even though the purchase price and house/hotel prices of each property are less expensive.

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