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Can you solve the dark coin riddle? - Lisa Winer

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As a world-renowned treasure hunter, you have been searching for the legendary dungeon containing the stash of ancient Stygian coins. The wizard who owns the castle has even allowed you to have them, on one condition…you must solve his seemingly impossible puzzle.

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  • Educator Lisa Winer
  • Director Outis
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Collaborator Katherine Gull
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox, Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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The coin problem is said to be an interview puzzle for tech companies. Find other interview puzzles here. A similar puzzle to the coin riddle is a famous problem called the wine and water mixing problem. W. W. Rouse Ball, a British mathematician and fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, wrote about the wine and water problem in 1982 in his book Mathematical Recreations and Essays. It reads: “One tumbler is half-full of wine, another is half-full of water: from the first tumbler a teaspoonful of wine is taken out and poured into the tumbler containing the water: a teaspoonful of the mixture in the second tumbler is then transferred to the first tumbler. As the result of this double transaction, is the quantity of wine removed from the first tumbler greater or less than the quantity of water removed from the second tumbler?” Solutions to this problem can be found here or here.

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  • Director Outis
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Collaborator Katherine Gull
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox, Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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