" Hardest Riddle in the World: The Professor's Balls

Sunday, 2 April 2017

The Professor's Balls

There exists in the professor's mind a remarkable billiards game. It consists of any number of balls, but only three colours: red, green and blue. 







There's one player. 

Each round the player chooses a ball and takes a shot.  If two balls collide and they're different colours, they both turn to the third colour.  
That is:



However, if two balls collide and they’re the same colour, nothing changes.

Occasionally the player may also find that they can play a trick shot by allowing three balls to collide simultaneously.  When that happens, and they're of different colours, all three change to one colour at the player’s choice.  If two of the balls are one colour and the third is a different colour, nothing happens and the player takes the next shot. 

However if three balls collide and the balls consists of only two colours, then the two balls that are the same colour change to third colour.






You are challenged by the professor to a wager.  There are 13 red, 15 green and 17 yellow balls on the table.  He will give you £100 if you can turn all of the balls into one colour; if you can’t, you must give him £100.


Do you take the bet? 

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Many thanks to the HardestRiddle.com peer reviewers in preparing and testing this riddle.  I'll post the answer on 7th April 2017, but if you want to receive it before then please consider signing up to the infrequent and hopefully highly entertaining Riddle Letter here.

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