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Can You Solve the Matching Test Puzzle?

It's puzzle time! Get ready for another math challenge from the MindYourDecisions YouTube channel: the matching test puzzle. This brain teaser requires some math skills, as well as some knowledge of something called permutations. Think you can do it? Get the puzzle below.

Here's the Puzzle

You are given a list of five mathematicians and have to match each to his or her correct birth year. But since you were never taught about these mathematicians, you don't know any of the answers. You decide to guess randomly by matching the five names to five years. What is the chance you'll get every match incorrect? Watch the video below to learn how this problem is solved, or scroll down for the answer.

Guessing on a Matching Test Puzzle

Here's the Answer

If you matched each name to a different year, there is a 37 percent chance that you got every match incorrect. Watch the video above to learn how this problem is solved.

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Written by Curiosity Staff February 21, 2017

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