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Can you solve the penniless pilgrim riddle? - Dan Finkel

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After months of travel, you’ve arrived at Duonia, home to the famous temple that’s the destination of your pilgrimage. The walk from the welcome center to the temple isn't a long one ... but there’s a problem. Can you outsmart the city's imposed tax and make it to the temple without paying a fee? Dan Finkel shows how.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Daniel Finkel
  • Director Outis
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-checker Brian Gutierrez
Additional Resources for you to Explore
Want to continue exploring Duonia? Click here for a variation of the Pilgrim Riddle.

Interested in solving more riddles? Head on over to the New York Times to practice your problem-solving skills on another riddle by the educator.

To continue deep-diving into the world of math, check out Math for Love.



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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Daniel Finkel
  • Director Outis
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-checker Brian Gutierrez