IMO Problem 6

Five identical empty buckets of \(2\)-liter capacity stand at the vertices of a regular pentagon. Cinderella and her wicked Stepmother go through a sequence of rounds: At the beginning of every round the Stepmother takes one liter of water from the nearby river and distributes it arbitrarily over the five buckets. Then Cinderella chooses a pair of neighboring buckets, empties them into the river, and puts them back. Then the next round begins. The Stepmother’s goal is to make one of these buckets overflow. Cinderella’s goal is to prevent this. Can the wicked Stepmother enforce a bucket overflow?

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