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Can you solve the stolen rubies riddle? – Dennis Shasha

Practice more problem-solving at https://brilliant.org/TedEd/ Solution to Bonus Riddle: https://brilliant.org/TedEdRuby/ Townspeople are demanding that a corrupt merchant’s collection of 30 rubies be confiscated to reimburse the victims of his schemes. The king announces that the fine will be determined through a game of wits between the merchant and the king’s …

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Can you solve the killer robo-ants riddle? – Dan Finkel

Practice more problem-solving at https://brilliant.org/TedEd/ Solution to Bonus Riddle: https://brilliant.org/TedEdRoboAnts/ The good news is that your experimental robo-ants are a success. The bad news is that you accidentally gave them the ability to shoot deadly lasers … and you can’t turn it off. Can you stop them from escaping their …

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Can you solve the alien probe riddle? – Dan Finkel

Practice more problem-solving at https://brilliant.org/TedEd/ Solution to Bonus Riddle: https://brilliant.org/TedEd3ColorCube/ Your team has developed a probe to study an alien monolith. It needs protective coatings — in red, purple or green — to cope with the environments it passes through. Can you figure out how to apply the colors so …

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Can you solve the rebel supplies riddle? – Alex Gendler

Practice more problem-solving at https://brilliant.org/TedEd/ Solution to Bonus Riddle: https://brilliant.org/tededmislabelledboxes/ You’re overseeing the delivery of supplies to a rebel base in the heart of enemy territory. To get past customs, all packages must follow this rule: if a box is marked with an even number on the bottom, it must …

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Zen kōans: unsolvable enigmas designed to break your brain – Puqun Li

Check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/teded View full lesson: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/zen-koans-unsolvable-enigmas-designed-to-break-your-brain-puqun-li How do we explain the unexplainable? This question has inspired numerous myths, religious practices and scientific inquiries. But Zen Buddhists practicing throughout China from the 9th to 13th century asked a different question – why do we need an explanation? …

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The last banana: A thought experiment in probability – Leonardo Barichello

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-last-banana-a-thought-experiment-in-probability-leonardo-barichello Imagine a game of dice: if the biggest number rolled is one, two, three, or four, player 1 wins. If the biggest number rolled is five or six, player 2 wins. Who has the best probability of winning the game? Leonardo Barichello explains how probability holds …

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See If You Can Solve These 7 Riddles with a Twist

These riddles might look easy enough at first glance, but once you find out the correct answer, you’ll be beating yourself up for not paying closer attention to the details. Can you be really attentive and think outside the box? Let’s find out! Music: Retro – Wayne Jones https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music TIMESTAMPS …

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Can you solve the Leonardo da Vinci riddle? – Tanya Khovanova

Practice more problem-solving at https://brilliant.org/TedEd/ Solution to Bonus Riddle: https://brilliant.org/tededautobiographical/ You’ve found Leonardo da Vinci’s secret vault, secured by a series of combination locks. Fortunately, your treasure map has three codes: 1210, 3211000, and… hmm. The last one appears to be missing. Can you figure out the last number and …

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Can you solve the rogue AI riddle? – Dan Finkel

Practice more problem-solving at https://brilliant.org/TedEd/ If you sign up for a FREE membership using the link above, Brilliant will email you the solution to the BONUS RIDDLE. A hostile artificial intelligence called NIM has taken over the world’s computers. You’re the only person skilled enough to shut it down, and …

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