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Brain Game: Got a Spare?


It's Free-for-All Friday here at the Brain Game. What say we knock back a few... pins?

Kirk is a great 10-pin bowler, and can toss a lot of strikes, but he tends to throw a very bad ball once a game, even at his best. He's never bowled a 300, but he's come close. Given these three scenarios, which one COULD result in the highest score?

1. Kirk throws a 1 on his first ball in the first frame. 2. Kirk throws a 1 on his second ball in the second frame. 3. Kirk throws a 1 on his last ball in the last frame.

Here are the ANSWERS.

NOTE: Remember to follow the proper scoring sequence of bowling!


In #1, Kirk's maximum score would be 290. (a 1/ spare, then 11 strikes)

In #2, the maximum would be 280. (1 strike, a 9/ spare, then 10 strikes)

In #3, the maximum would be 291, the highest of the three. (11 strikes, then a 1)

Have a great weekend!