My guess is this game is just rigged:
Show BOTH teams that they are missing one fruit (and remove it silently from their orchard)
-> Mistrust is everywhere and excitement (for the watchers) is guaranteed...
By her reaction, and considering the likelihood that the person who did this didn't benefit from it... I'm guessing it was the paladin who gave away the extra fruit.
Oh, this is interesting.
Itâs certainly possible that this is the game beign rigged. Obviously the Smile Foundation has the ability to trick the teams. But thatâs a dangerous thing for the gameâs orchestrators to do. Games like this only work if everyone involved assumes the rules are fair and arenât going to be violated, and if people realize that the administrators are the ones cheating theyâll stop playing. Itâs still a possiblity, mind, but consider the other possibility:
That someone on each team willingly conspired with each other to get 1 more apple to the Red Team, That sounds more like what the Smile Foundation is trying to accomplish: this gameâs obviously about tretchery.
If we assume the administrators arenât involved (because if they are, itâs almost certainly going to be revealed later as a plot point) then one or more of the people on each team betrayed the other members of their team and the âcommunityâ at large. The question then becomes who was it?
Iâm rating a lower chance that itâs infinate and Bindy, if only because the plotâs made a point of telling us that the two teams tried to avoid having them meet face to face.
Glasses accountant guy hasn't said anything about all this. He seems a little suspicious.
So far my theory is that the Red team actually had 1 more apple from the start (this might be contradicted in some way from a past page, I'm mostly just spit-balling here). This might have been set up in secret by the Organizers as a way to sow discord among the players early without outright cheating (I'll let you decide how much this move would be considered cheating).
Or maybe the Red team might have known about it, and decided to get an early lead (unlikely, as you'd think that Bindy would have told SOMEONE on the Orange team about it, if only to indirectly help her boss).
Maybe the other team just found one of the hidden apples in their rooms? :D
These counts would suggest to me that BOTH teams have cheaters, to be honest. If trade #1 was a single piece of fruit to each side, and all trades afterwards were an exchange of five each, then those numbers should either end in a 1 or a 5. However, one ends in an 8, while the other ends in a 9. Thus, either they changed trade amounts during the montage and it wasn't important enough to show, or both sides have dirty cheaters on them, and their side's just happen to be a little more greedy.
About the math, do keep in mind it was the first 3 trades that were 1 each, then from there out it was 5 each. There have been 10 total rounds of 3 trades.
So Math wise it should look like 3(3 trades of 1 item) + 135(9 rounds of 3 trades of 5 items). Unless I got something super wrong which is possible, 138 is the value both teams should have without cheating.
A thought occurs to me, we have 2 teams we know are active....and another team we don't know about that are just 'watching'.
Could that other team be the one that's interfering with the outcome?
(If I remember the plot well enough that is)
@Taran first round was a trade of 3 fruits in total actually 1 per person
all the other nine rounds had 15 fruits 5 per person so 138 would be the correct total.
@UnknownID: I think that's quite likely, yes. Another possibility is that the host is in team red and took advantage of a secret apple stash.
Oh, I thought it was just Tobi's trade that was one. I guess I misunderstood.