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Indeed, Q E S since by definition, S is the set of all friends of P. Now we claim that for any two distinct (m - I)-element subsets S1 and S2 of S, Qs 1 =I= Qs2 • Assume for a contradiction that this is not the case, that is, there exist S1, S2 C S with Qs1 = Qs2 • Take any m-element subset of S1 U S2. Then the people in this set have two mutual friends, Qs1 and P, contradicting the given. It follows that each (m - I)-element subset S' corresponds to a different person QS'· Now, the number of m - 1-element subsets of S is since n ::: m + 1 and m ::: 3.

USAMO 2000 submission, Cecil Rousseau] GivenS ~ {1, 2, ... , n}, we are allowed to modify it in any one of the following ways: (a) if 1 f/. S, add the element 1; (b) if n E S, delete the element n; (c) for 1 :=: r :=: n - 1, if r add the element r + 1. E Sand r + 1 f/. S, delete the element r and Suppose that it is possible by such modifications to obtain a sequence 0 ~ {1} ~ {2} ~ · · · ~ {n}, starting with 0 and ending with {n}, in which each of the 2n subsets of {1, 2, ... , n} appears exactly once.

X 2 15 ways to arrange the students around the table. Such a seating arrangement is called a good working relation. Hence there are a total of 14! x 15! x 2 15 good working relations. We call a seating arrangement good if it allows the teacher to match up boy/girl pairs sitting next to each other without having to ask any student to change his or her seat. We want to evaluate x, the number of good arrangements. There are two types of good seating arrangements: (a) A good arrangement that generates exactly one good working relation.