Can you solve the virus riddle? – Lisa Winer



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Your research team has found a prehistoric virus preserved in the permafrost and isolated it for study. After a late night working, you’re just closing up the lab when a sudden earthquake hits and breaks all the sample vials. Will you be able to destroy the virus before the vents open and unleash a deadly airborne plague? Lisa Winer shows how.

Lesson by Lisa Winer, animation by Artrake Studio.

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33 thoughts on “Can you solve the virus riddle? – Lisa Winer

  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    I paused the video. I think the key is to exit and enter again after the rooms are decontaminated, throught the entrance, and decontamine the rest. The pattern is pretty simple afterwords.

    EDIT: Well, it was different, but it didn't specified after which time, a room is decontaminated. Probably my method would have potentially work in real life.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    This is the first riddle I've solved before the solution was given to me. I'm quite proud, but then again, I haven't gotten even close to any of the other riddles, and still don't even understand the Ozo-Ulu solution 😂

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    so i have one, im not sure if its possible to solve. the school janitor showed it to my class one day, it went like this: there are 3 wells, and 3 boys, each boy has to get water from each well, drawing lines to show their paths, but their paths cannot cross. ( the 3 wells were drawn side by side in a horizontal line, parallel to the horizontal line of the boys. not sure if you can change where they are or not) if anyone can solve it that would be cool

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    Would opening the doors not contaminate the previous/next room with the airborne virus, meaning you cannot exit out of the exit because that room is contaminated and opening the door would release the virus to the outside. You cannot exit out of the entrance either, because as soon as you leave that room to go into other rooms the entrance becomes contaminated, resulting in the same issue as with the exit.

    Could you instead disconnect the generator to stop the vents opening? This option allows for more time for a more thorough clean up without endangering the lives of the entire human race.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    This one seemed easy compared to the others I have seen. Glad I could solve it though.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    I have a riddle! It's called the Cowboy Riddle!
    You and your friends are just traveling on your horses but you stumble upon killers who wanna kill you the only way out is a hill but it's not an ordinary hill if more then 3 people go on it it will summon lightning of everybody on it. you only have 30 minutes to pass the hill with all 10 of your friends. They are all riding horses and if one person gets off on top of the hill everybody on it will die. 1st person is the fastest horse so it takes 30 seconds but everybody increases in 30 seconds so the 2nd person takes a minute the 3rd 1 minute and a half the 4th 2 minutes and so on Here are the rules
    1. no more then 3 peeps on the hill
    2. There is no way for someone to come with you on your back so that means if the first person takes 2 minutes and the 2nd takes 1 minute it will be 3 minutes in total
    3. There is no other way to escape but the hill
    4. People can go back to the other side.
    Have fun solving the riddle!

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    You can also just leave the building by the entrance, which is the easier solution to this riddle

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    Ok man. And once u r in the last room without a way out, what then? 😒

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    Or you can just take a pattern that eliminates all rooms and then goes back to the entrance. Wait there for the vents to open and crawl out through them

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    Solved it after 3minites
    Tip: use the entrance twice 😉

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