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Well, if you promise to be nicer to your friend in future, I will give you a schedule that not only lets everybody play that person the same number of times but does the same for every golfer of the eight, so nobody can deduce whom you had in mind. The following schedule involves seven games. Each player thus has 21 "playwiths", three with each other player. ABCD EFGH You can repeat this as often as you like, or reassign labels after each seven games. RD  


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