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   2 years ago

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  • Suddip Ray
    Suddip Ray   1 hours ago

    Wait what about the riddle at the end?

  • SlayerX Plays
    SlayerX Plays   4 hours ago

    My Strategy: Take the Gaussian along with the case then throw the case towards where the enchantress is and hit it with the gaussian thus it turns into a tree now if the Enchantress tries to shoot you then it will hit the tree instead of you, now the wizard will of course shoot the enchantress because if he shoots you then he gets turned into a statue so he will shoot the enchantress and then you safely turn the wizard into a tree.

  • Anon Ymous
    Anon Ymous   15 hours ago

    Oh, we're leaving information out? OK, I forgot to mention that I am a transfiguration wizard and thus have zero threat from being turned into an animal, meaning I can send the enchantress to the mountain top, and then turn back into a human after being turned into a fish. gg no re

  • peter skrobola
    peter skrobola   23 hours ago

    Wait, you never said the other wizards would know how powerful my wand was.

  • Gilbert Nightray
    Gilbert Nightray   1 days ago

    Or take the Gaussian and spam it until the wizard and the enchantress turns into a tree. Then look at the judge.😊

  • Xman34
    Xman34   1 days ago

    IMO 90% is 50%You feel that way when you play enough Pokèmon

  • William Ryan
    William Ryan   1 days ago

    What level is the wizard and how much spell hit does he have? Any passives? Do they have ToEP available?

  • Rotua Frans Manalu
    Rotua Frans Manalu   1 days ago

    i already know the answeri have read something similiar like this when i just a kid at elementary school, it was science comic bookbut it minus the wand ability just the sorcery skill, but in the comic it was skillfull archer with their weapon, and the answer is to shoot to the sky (same, to miss)

  • Lemonade
    Lemonade   2 days ago

    The answer is, they only know one transfiguration spell. Their schools are horrible.

  • Ian Barrachina
    Ian Barrachina   3 days ago

    I don't get why if you miss on purpose with a 100% wand you manage to win 1.6% of the time. Shouldn't it be 0%? The second guy should also pass, so either the last lady gets you or all of you are turned in to cats

  • Sungill Kim
    Sungill Kim   3 days ago

    I disagree with this. First, if the wizards know that I can changes weapons, and they know I have the option of changing to a weapon that is 100% effective, I will always be the first target. Second, how is it that I am the only wizard that gets to change weapons? This is either unfair, or the other wizards also can change weapons. This is not even a strategy riddle, this is nonsense.

  • Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson   3 days ago

    Surely the best strategy is to try the teleporting wand and use the 100% accuracy to send YOURSELF to a remote mountaintop?

  • Paul Fuge
    Paul Fuge   3 days ago

    So you can miss on purpose, and take an extra turn. The heck?!

  • Pablo Montes
    Pablo Montes   3 days ago

    The ability to miss was kind of important information...

  • Jason Brose
    Jason Brose   3 days ago

    That, or use a gun to kill both of them. like missing, it wasn't AGAINST the rules, just not accounted for.

  • Jason Brose
    Jason Brose   3 days ago

    just use the vine wand to make a protective shield on you. The spell will hit the "vine" after one has taken the other out, giving you another chance to hit.

  • ThePoliticalAv
    ThePoliticalAv   4 days ago

    No fair, I didn't know you could throw away your shot when casting.

  • Dylan Cardiff
    Dylan Cardiff   5 days ago

    Maybe im crazy but i reckon:Eat 2 apples is simple: 60% chance first apple you eat is poison, 50% chance second one is also poison, so 30% chance you die.Eat three apples is more complex, heres where permutations do matter. There are 3 death scenarios: 1st and 2nd apples you eat are poison, 1st and 3rd, or 2nd and 3rd. The chance you die will be the sum of these 3.40% first apple is poison, 25% second is also poison, third is irrelevant (100%). 10% chance you die this way.40% first apple is poison, 75% second apple is safe, 33% last apple is poison. 10% chance you die this way.60% first apple is safe, 50% second apple is poison, 33% last apple is poison. 10% chance you die this way.10+10+10=30% chance of deathSo it does seem to me that your chances of dying are the same regardless of basket choice

  • Carlos_A_M
    Carlos_A_M   6 days ago

    My strategy is to beat them to death with the star shaped wand. You never said that blunt weapons aint allowed.

  • Christopher Davis
    Christopher Davis   6 days ago

    The ending Apple question, there is a 70% chance that you live with both options

  • Dan Caleb Music
    Dan Caleb Music   1 weeks ago

    0.58: 'anyone who casts out of order immediately forfeits the duel'So why not take the Noether 9000 and send magician no.2 to the mountain. Presumably he can't cast his spell from the mountain and the enchantress no.3 will then cast out of order and forfeit, leaving us as the winner! 🤔

  • Maggie Lu
    Maggie Lu   1 weeks ago

    “you’ll all be turned into cats”bold for you to assume i don’t want that

  • Mgr
    Mgr   1 weeks ago

    Why not take Noether 9000 and banish yourself to the mountain top? You wouldn't die, you'd just be at a mountain top. I think that's better that dieing or getting turned into a cat. Another option, I'd just shoot randomly out of turn, thus getting eliminated. I'd rather get eliminated and lose

  • Mr Banger
    Mr Banger   1 weeks ago

    Are they turned back afterwards

  • hannahbanana 116
    hannahbanana 116   1 weeks ago

    The dude just referenced Hamilton...just when i think I've seen it all.

  • Thomas Cahyono
    Thomas Cahyono   1 weeks ago

    My mom asked me what I was watching and read the title She said "R U WATCHING HARRY POTTER WITHOUT ME?! "

  • Shirley Fukuda
    Shirley Fukuda   1 weeks ago

    I don’t even care if I win or not anymore...IM NOT THROWING AWAY MY. SHOT.

  • Simply A Tater Tot
    Simply A Tater Tot   1 weeks ago

    step one: confirm that you all have green eyesstep two: ask them politely to leave

  • 1AmGroot
    1AmGroot   1 weeks ago

    If missing on purpose is legal, and you need to be the last one standing, just pick the wand that sends the target to a distant mountaintop 100% of the time and aim it at yourself. They never specified WHERE the last person must be standing!

  • Jarrakul
    Jarrakul   1 weeks ago

    Even if we discard missing on purpose as outside the realm of the logic puzzle as presented, the 60% wand still has the highest win percentage. In part because there's a 40% chance you miss the first shot anyway.