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Can you solve the wizard standoff riddle? - Daniel Finkel

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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.

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  • Educator Daniel Finkel
  • Director Outis
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Fact-checker Brian Gutierrez
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
Interested in solving more riddles? Check out the Worldplay column in the New York Times.

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Check out another riddle by the educator called The Squareable Puzzle.

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Meet The Creators

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