Can you solve the world’s most evil wizard riddle? - Dan Finkel

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The evil wizard MoldeVort has been trying to kill you for years, and today it looks like he’s going to succeed. But your friends are on their way, and if you can survive until they arrive, they should be able to help stop him. Can you keep MoldeVort trapped long enough for help to arrive? Dan Finkel shows how.
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    TED-EdTED-EdAylar önce
    • I wont say or do anything to keep him trapped. EZ

      darkenopsiadarkenopsiaAylar önce
    • Wait where is the mid point that is four spaces from him, since when he picked 5 he is four spaces from five, so the mid must be four spaces from his cureent location.

      jordan licupjordan licupAylar önce
    • Honestly I didnt get this one, why ridnt he go down at E when he picked three

      jordan licupjordan licupAylar önce
    • @carealoo744 Then will move him back to blue.

      rade koracrade koracAylar önce
    • But what if he's on a Red, and then says 5?

      carealoo744carealoo744Aylar önce
  • I just noticed that there was a case with the wands from the deadly wizard tournament riddle. You didn’t even need to do this riddle just grab the neuter 9000 (4:25-4:30), bottom right of the screen.

    Noone WhatsoeverNoone Whatsoever19 dakika önce
  • Easy fix, don’t do anything, don’t speak, no rules against not saying any numbers

    ManlyMinotaur99 GamingManlyMinotaur99 GamingSaatler önce
  • Maybe someone can help me here: Why would 1,2,3,4 be a bad solution? The way I see it, if Moldervort chooses 2 first then 3, leading to the potential bad spot, even if he then chooses four, could I not use a mix of diagonal and straight movements to move him 4 away?

    starterforten10starterforten105 saatler önce
  • throw the board in the fire

    Karlos EduardoKarlos Eduardo12 saatler önce
  • Weird diagonal :/

    SoulptureSoulpture14 saatler önce
  • Real answer: Call on Ron, he’s good at chess :)

    Sunflower_ FieldsSunflower_ Fields17 saatler önce
  • The lesson: be more stronger wizard so you wont have to use that board

    Chris AregloChris Areglo21 saatler önce
  • Oh my god. Moldevort, and the kid also has a scar below his eye! So cool

    Mian M. NaeemMian M. Naeem22 saatler önce
  • 4444

    varshavarsha23 saatler önce
  • My numbers: 1, 1, 1, and 1

    Raymond LiRaymond LiGün önce
  • This is not a riddle, its a math problem

    Matej KilluaMatej KilluaGün önce
    • All of these Ted riddles are math problems. They should call them Math Riddles.

      Captain HindsightCaptain Hindsight6 saatler önce
  • So maybe I missed it but what happens if 1 is the first number and he moves diagonal to a center block?

    Ima AntagonistIma AntagonistGün önce
    • Somebody should put this on r/facepalm

      TheBoredChickenTheBoredChickenGün önce
  • Guessed till 1,3,4 but got confused at the fourth number.... But well, I didn't guess one could actually traverse diagonal paths like that on a 5*5 chessboard! 👽

    Ritayan MukherjeeRitayan MukherjeeGün önce
  • real answer is this is just an ad

    Happiness HappensHappiness HappensGün önce
  • This literally makes zero sense, like they explained it pretty badly.

    Caden PavlovcicCaden PavlovcicGün önce
  • That's not a riddle that's a math problem nice try Ms.Jiménez i'm on to you.

    luis sotoluis sotoGün önce
  • Moldevort

    PaoloMinesPaoloMinesGün önce
  • I like the presentation, but those pure math riddles are a not very satisfying. I rather have a wholistic riddle, than one purely based on math.

    JiamilJiamilGün önce
  • Umm...Moldemort?Isn't it Voldemort?

    byron tangbyron tangGün önce
    • HOW DARE YOU NAME HIM

      TheBoredChickenTheBoredChickenGün önce
  • I actually got the answer right, crazy huh.

    ManikasManikas2 gün önce
  • Chose 1,2,3,4. Never move him to 3A or 3E, that way you can always do a 3 sideways. Then always keep him within lines A and E.

    QwertycalQwertycal2 gün önce
    • problem is that he can move himself to 3A,3E, C1 and C5. he just has to use 2. Since he starts in the corners.

      LorveLorve6 saatler önce
  • Is Moldevort Voldemort’s greasy cousin that lives in the basement that complains about women and never takes a shower?

    Sir SamwiseSir Samwise2 gün önce
  • MoldeVort will still win, he can just confirm he has green eyes and ask to leave

    Alex PlaysAlex Plays2 gün önce
  • HAHAHAHA Moldevort

    M.M AgarwalM.M Agarwal2 gün önce
  • True reason: You stole his fries and his pet kitten

    •kitty_fun_ gamer••kitty_fun_ gamer•2 gün önce
  • what happen if he pick 2

    rogue runnerrogue runner2 gün önce
  • tbh i would use those minutes that i have for choosing a number to run to my friends.... the must not be named one would die for sure

    zoiuduuzoiuduu2 gün önce
  • "Voldemort'

    Samantha LuSamantha Lu3 gün önce
  • Can't you just like... leave after you picked four numbers? It doesn't say there is a time limit once you pick the numbers. As I see it you have three ways to beat him: You can just pick four numbers and leave, you can sit there for a few hours thinking about possible mathematically sound moves to trap him in an endless cycle, or you can just trap him in the board and use your four minutes of choosing time to run.

    Jepson DuelJepson Duel3 gün önce
  • I didn't understand the 5

    Cristian BancuCristian Bancu3 gün önce
    • WATCH THE VIDEO

      TheBoredChickenTheBoredChickenGün önce
  • Very easy solution: Step 1: Take the (incredibly rare) Noether 9000 from the room, it is literally right next to you Step 2: Banish him to a mountaintop

    TacoTheAlien - Identity V and MoreTacoTheAlien - Identity V and More3 gün önce
  • When you read the opening quote and find you can complete it without looking at the screen :D

    Tariq IsmailTariq Ismail3 gün önce
  • I never really considered Hypotenuse.

    SagacitySagacity4 gün önce
  • When they said Pythagorean chess board I thought there was going to be a 45-45-90 triangle used

    Michael G Dell'AquilaMichael G Dell'Aquila4 gün önce
  • Moldevort and Voldemort

    WonHyung BAEKWonHyung BAEK4 gün önce
  • There’s that reference to the wand riddle in the corner!

    TAO LIANGTAO LIANG4 gün önce
  • Im a kid and i wach this

    Paulita NunezPaulita Nunez4 gün önce
  • U just think and think and i think hit him with a bat

    Paulita NunezPaulita Nunez4 gün önce
    • R/youngpeopleyoutube

      TheBoredChickenTheBoredChickenGün önce
  • Bruh, I didn't even understand the situation or the explanation

    King Cool05King Cool054 gün önce
  • Why can't you just, not play the game, or toss the thing into a fire?

    Harry HuangHarry Huang4 gün önce
  • Or you know,fire the noether 9000. But hey,I guess trolling him with an infinite loop is way funnier.

    ItsAsquadEdwin !ItsAsquadEdwin !4 gün önce
  • Wait I think this sounds like Harry Potter

    Xuan Phuong LeXuan Phuong Le4 gün önce
  • My answer: Shout for help from the teachers.

    BlueberryGamerBlueberryGamer4 gün önce
  • What if J.K. Rowling came from above, and said, "I hereby copyright this battle"

    RedRavRedRav5 gün önce
  • Doesn’t he have to check if u have green eyes

    Sour BeansSour Beans5 gün önce
  • U can use 4, then 3, then 2 and 1. Go around the bourd and send him to the center with the last 2 numbers

    José ZaidanJosé Zaidan5 gün önce
    • But MoldeVort chooses the number.

      Apaul TarterApaul Tarter3 gün önce
  • Ah Yes, Moldevort... *OrIgInAl CoNcEpT dO nOt StEaL*

    ZBreezee 2018ZBreezee 20185 gün önce
  • Harry potter’s fan:is voldermort a joke

    Hoàng tung ĐoHoàng tung Đo5 gün önce
  • How to escape the chessboard: Step 1: Confirm you have green eyes. Step 2: Leave.

    ParallaxParallax5 gün önce
  • My great grandfather father was trapped and asked to riddle and h e was killed

    Ravi RaoRavi Rao5 gün önce
  • I paused the video to give my friends time to come and help me defeat moldevort

    Hearts of KarmaHearts of Karma5 gün önce
  • How to defeat him: throw water at him and he melts

    JULLITA CZAJKOWSKAJULLITA CZAJKOWSKA6 gün önce
  • Anyone else see the first wizard riddle reference at 4:27 ?

    Andrew ChenAndrew Chen6 gün önce
  • Moldevort - Voldemort. All ya do is switch the V and the M

    Alexander PeregniakAlexander Peregniak7 gün önce
  • Ah yes, Moldevort

    ElekxElekx7 gün önce
  • It pisses me off that almost all of these ted-ed riddles is presented in the 2nd person and they keep showing the individual that is supposed to be me as a female. Stop presenting it in the 2nd person, that's all I ask. Want me to help this chick out? Fine. But stop saying it's ME.

    medexamtoolsdotcommedexamtoolsdotcom8 gün önce
  • Easier way: ADAVA DEVRAKA

    Junior RochaJunior Rocha8 gün önce
  • I think teded is running out of ideas on how to keep videos interesting

    Dont use your real name On the internetDont use your real name On the internet8 gün önce
  • the chessboard really is cursed, with the ranks and files numbering completely exchanged

    yinghung manyinghung man9 gün önce
  • perry hotter

    palm tree Productionspalm tree Productions9 gün önce
  • This got complex real fast

    Lzy Life GuideLzy Life Guide10 gün önce
  • Best way to start solving this riddle is to keep moldevort waiting and start waiting for your friends to arrive and use colours to pass your time

    Devjeet MishraDevjeet Mishra10 gün önce
  • any body thinking of harry potter?

    April Yoon And TaisupYoonApril Yoon And TaisupYoon11 gün önce
  • Next time you play Chess, try moving your queen like the "solution" suggests, see what happens.

    Eduardo MoreiraEduardo Moreira11 gün önce
  • Y not 1,1,1,1

    Crazy MonkeyCrazy Monkey12 gün önce
  • OMG 4:25 the wands from wizard riddle

    유비TV유비TV12 gün önce
  • This was the riddle i couldn't understand at all!?

    A ZA Z12 gün önce
  • Answer he just fights you easily he doesn't know these things like you

    Wooloo AnimationsWooloo Animations13 gün önce
  • All MoldeVort has to do is confirm he has greens eyes, and escape the chess board

    Enraged Anas PlatyrhynchosEnraged Anas Platyrhynchos13 gün önce
Can you solve the world’s most evil wizard riddle? - Dan Finkel