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 standoff?
This riddle was made by Dan Finkel who works on transforming how math is taught and learned. He and his wife opened a website where they share their puzzles, lessons, games, and other content to those interested.
This specific puzzle was shared on TED-Ed, which is TED’s youth and education initiative. It aims to spark and celebrate the ideas and knowledge-sharing of teachers and students around the world.