I've encountered a problem while chilling and playing minesweeper today.

I reached the end of the game, but with two remaining slots and only 1 of them is a mine. I can't think of any logical way where I could have finished solving this without a coin flip and hoping for the best.

Was there anything I could think of to actually know the last mine location? Like, is there any known pattern? Is this normal for you? I don't remember encountering these problems back in the days.

Please find the board below:

Unsolvable by logic puzzle

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    Just from experience, I have a lot of games that end up as coin flips.
    – Showsni
    Commented Apr 30, 2022 at 23:08

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On harder difficulties is a common situation, as discussed here. There's no strategy for those cases, only luck is involved:

There is no way of getting any further information about the likely location of the one mine that remains in these two spaces. It's a 50-50 chance--a toss of a coin. When you find something like this, you're probably better off taking a guess right away, rather than saving it for later--so if you guess wrong, you won't have wasted a lot of extra time solving the rest of the board.

An example of unlucky board:

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