# Puzzles

## The ace of spades

I have three packs of playing cards with identical backs. Call the packs A, B and C.

I draw a random card from pack A and shuffle it into pack B.

I now turn up the top card of pack A, revealing the Queen of Hearts.

Next, I draw a card at random from pack B and shuffle it into pack C. Then, I turn up the top card of pack B, revealing another Queen of Hearts.

I now draw a random card from pack C and place it at the bottom of pack A.

What is the probability that the card at the top of pack C is the Ace of Spades?

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