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Contestants on the TV show "Survivor" faced off in a series of challenges for a grand prize of $1 million. Most of the challenges were physical like hiking many miles or diving underwater. But one challenge was mathematical. The game had 21 flags and contestants were organized on two teams A and B. The two teams took turns removing flags, with team A going first. Each team had to remove 1, 2, or 3 flags on a turn. The team that took the last flag won the game. One of the teams, with proper strategy, can always win the game. Which team is it, and what is the winning strategy?

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