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Puzzling Magic #17 – Bizarre Traders


I thought I’d try something a little different this week. This challenge was inspired by one in Mark Rosewater’s classic Magic: The Puzzling book.

Noah, Ryker, Austin, and Michelle have just settled in for some serious trading, but they’re having trouble figuring out how each of them can get the cards they want. They’ve got the following cards for trade:

They each want the following cards:

Updated: The above options were changed to reflect a correction from the author.

The traders’ lives are complicated by the fact that they each have their own quirks when it comes to trading:

  • Noah will only trade for creatures that win combat against the creature he’s trading away.
  • Ryker will only trade for cards with exactly the same color(s) as the card he’s trading away.
  • Austin will only trade for cards with higher rarity than the card he’s trading away (Chaos Lord is rare).
  • Michelle will only trade for cards with a lower converted mana cost than the card she’s trading away.

Click here to see the image for the challenge.


Find a sequence of trades that leaves all traders with the cards they want.

Send your solutions to nex342+puzzle@gmail.com with the subject line “Puzzle – Bizarre Traders” and I’ll include the best ones in next week’s article, along with the next puzzle!

Good luck!

Special thanks to Liz Cady for creating the image for this puzzle.

Solution to Last Weeks Puzzle

The first solution I received for last week’s puzzle, from Steven Yazinka, follows below. In it, I’ll refer to each creature as its printed name, ignoring any transformations that may be applied to it.

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