9 Aug 2013

IrMO 1991 P1 Q4: Upper Secondary Mathematics Competition Question

Eight politicians stranded on a desert island on January 1st, 1991, decided to establish a parliament.

They decided on the following rules of attendance:

(a) There should always be at least one person present on each day.

(b) On no two days should the same subset of politicians attend.

(c) The members present on day N should include for each K < N, (K ≥1) at least one member who was present on day K.

For how many days can the parliament sit before one of the rules is broken?

[IrMO 1991 Paper1 Question 4][slightly edited]

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