Can you solve the wizard standoff riddle? - Dan Finkel

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  • Published on: 22 May 2018
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    You’ve been chosen as a champion to represent your wizarding house in a deadly duel against two rival magic schools. Your opponents are a powerful sorcerer who wields a wand that can turn people into fish, and a powerful enchantress who wields a wand that turns people into statues. Can you choose a wand and devise a strategy that ensures you will win the duel? Dan Finkel shows how.

    Lesson by Dan Finkel, animation by Artrake Studio.

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COMMENTS: 40

  • TED-Ed
    TED-Ed   1 years ago

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  • cherry-wave
    cherry-wave   4 hours ago

    With my bad luck I would loose no matter what haha

  • isabella
    isabella   17 hours ago

    How didn't I notice the Hamilton reference until now

  • SwHappy ・w・
    SwHappy ・w・   1 days ago

    For the apple riddle you could eat half of four red apples and you would have technically ate 2 apples and if you ate the two poison ones you would have ate equivalent to 1 poison apple so you would still live

  • RandomKid 394
    RandomKid 394   1 days ago

    My Logic:1. Take the Noether 90002. Cast on enchantress3. Cast again, illegally, on the other wizard4. Technically, you forfeited, so you lose. But no one else can win...5. To prevent a draw, you and the wizard who got out second, will fight6. As long as you go first in the rematch, you win!

  • Game Hacker
    Game Hacker   1 days ago

    Bonus riddle is easyBring them to a lab to check for toxic material

  • Epicmonk117
    Epicmonk117   1 days ago

    We all know the answer is to bring the Wand of Fireballs and turn them both into piles of ash. Wizards are notoriously bad at evading area damage.

  • Kyletan 101
    Kyletan 101   1 days ago

    Become a cat boom 9 lives solved this puzzle to the extreme and gained 8 extra lives

  • Roy's Hall
    Roy's Hall   1 days ago

    You could put yourself on the mountain top

  • Pocket Player
    Pocket Player   1 days ago

    If you cast out of turn, you stay alive and forfeit.

  • Honda CRV
    Honda CRV   2 days ago

    Probably the red apple 🍎 bowl

  • Super_ Pie75
    Super_ Pie75   4 days ago

    4:15 who got the Hamilton reference? No? Only me ok :/

  • Sebasthianne
    Sebasthianne   5 days ago

    Under that logic, if you miss on purpose with the 60% wand, there's a 40% chance you'll fail to miss and hit one of your oponents or yourself. But besides that, this was presented as a statistics problem, not a lateral thinking problem, so you can´t expect someone who's trying to solve the riddle to apply real world logic. At least it's not as egregious because the answer is the same either way, but to me it feels like a cheap way to get an answer where you have favourable odds because you thought 38% chance wouldn't feel as satisfying for the audience.

  • sliced banana
    sliced banana   6 days ago

    My answer:Take the wand with 100% hit rate with itHit your self and relax in the top of the mountain Let the two wizzard fight if 70% miss and he has a chance to be a statue by the 90%Now its your turn use your wand against the 90% and it is surely turning her into dust since you got 100% hit rate

  • carterdabeast
    carterdabeast   6 days ago

    who else realises the satues have penises......

  • Tobias SN
    Tobias SN   6 days ago

    I choose to not participate because I do not feel like risking my life today.

  • Hermione Granger
    Hermione Granger   1 weeks ago

    .....HA i would say no cuz i refuse to eat random apples

  • Sonicopi
    Sonicopi   1 weeks ago

    Your best bet is to just use the 100% wand on yourself because you don’t want to live as a statue/fish for the rest of your life

  • Jeonn The box
    Jeonn The box   1 weeks ago

    These riddles have great potential but... but because of one thing: Why you wont tell everything? I didnt know you are allowed to purposfully miss! It makes these riddles so annoying, when you cant know the answer, because you werent told the full rules! Are we expected to think that there exists a rule, that we have no idea of, and have to guess what that rule is? Great potential, but that is the problem with all these youtube riddles.

  • Garv Mehra
    Garv Mehra   1 weeks ago

    You can't show the information correctly

  • No one/Nobody
    No one/Nobody   1 weeks ago

    First take the 60% and then miss And then swap the 60% to 100% then boom Win because the 90% hits the 70% so Gg

  • Jakub Sulm
    Jakub Sulm   1 weeks ago

    Wait this doesn't make sense . It said if more then 1 person is left alive after round 1 they'd be all turned into cats. His solution was to 1. miss on purpose (that counts as your turn ) 2. 2nd wizard hits 3rd one (counts as his turn ) and then its the third wizard's turn (shes dead but its still her turn) and obv she does nothing . That ends round 1 and you should be all turned into cats. But in the video he goes on to the first wizards turn! that doesn't make sense , the round is already over .

  • Lakanus
    Lakanus   1 weeks ago

    This was really easy. The only confusing part was the 100% Wand didnt technically harm them but you added an explanation at 6) saying they all eliminate the opponent.

  • AKIN HOCA
    AKIN HOCA   1 weeks ago

    SELAMLAR AND RESPECT FROM TURKEY

  • Nurii Lol
    Nurii Lol   1 weeks ago

    ... but i'm not throwin' away my shotAnyone get the reference??

  • Max Kuftinec
    Max Kuftinec   1 weeks ago

    Newt-Niz and Leib-Ton are quite controversial names.

  • Ryan The juggernaut
    Ryan The juggernaut   1 weeks ago

    Just use the 100% wand on the other wizard and when the girl wizard use the wand there’s breaking the rules because the other one is still alive so you win because your the only one still there

  • Jay Liu
    Jay Liu   1 weeks ago

    0:56 I'd forfeit the duel and not die

  • PSH Mps
    PSH Mps   1 weeks ago

    There are more of 250 millions people's in the Indonesia and still.. no Indonesian subtitle????? #cmiiw

  • SavageWolfy5
    SavageWolfy5   1 weeks ago

    Obviously to win you'd need Your Diamond Sword

  • Heather Morgan
    Heather Morgan   1 weeks ago

    Just hit the first guy and the yellow enchantress because she went out of turn

  • Mr Oof
    Mr Oof   1 weeks ago

    Put the 100% wand on yourself. Works everytime.

  • Ismail Massano
    Ismail Massano   1 weeks ago

    I didnt think that you could miss on purpose, my idea was to:Get the bannekar, aim for the yellow mage and hope that i'll miss, then the red guy would target the yellow one as well since she's so dangerous and hopefully get her, then i'll aim for the red guy and hope that i get him