I have a question that is predicated on the open-ended tag. I believe that the following fulfils the requirements yet my instincts tell me it will get closed.

In the absence of a sandbox facility on Puzzling, I have the following


Will the following question stand? If you think not, what improvements do you suggest?

Here it is:

Wizards sell magic woo-woo to Muggles. For example you can buy a spell to rid your house of mice or place a curse on an enemy. Wizards only accept gold (Au) in payment.

A spell is based on a certain amount of woo-woo. It lasts until you use the spell. You can use the woo-woo towards any spell you like. Wizards measure woo-woo in drogs.


You are a Muggle and your shoe has a hole in it. The local cobbler has a very long queue and you need the repair to be done quickly. You visit your neighbourhood wizard.

The wizard states that a spell to repair your shoe will require 10 drogs. At today's prices, he is charging 1 puddle of gold per drog of woo-woo.


Why does the wizard need gold?

What can you deduce about the availability of woo-woo?


  1. The question is open-ended because I do not know the best answer but I have ideas about it.

  2. All units are arbitrary.

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    $\begingroup$ I'm finding this quite hard to understand because of all the made-up words. Obligatory XKCD reference: xkcd.com/483 :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Aug 13 '15 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor - Good point. I shall take some time to remedy this and return anon. $\endgroup$ – chasly - supports Monica Aug 13 '15 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ I'm not clear: in the question's universe, is magic real? Or are the magicians fraudsters? $\endgroup$ – A E Aug 14 '15 at 13:40
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    $\begingroup$ I don't understand the idea of the puzzle you're suggesting. Is it an enigmatic puzzle with a hidden meaning? Are you literally asking us to analyze the economic situation? $\endgroup$ – xnor Aug 14 '15 at 18:41
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    $\begingroup$ I'm struggling with the formulation. I'm going to let it sit for a while I mull over it.. Thank you for your comments. Apologies for not being clearer and I'll come back in a day or two. $\endgroup$ – chasly - supports Monica Aug 14 '15 at 19:04
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    $\begingroup$ "In-world" on your question, wizards require gold to generate woo-woo ? If so then 1 puddle is probably well over the worth of a drog. And that knowledge would likely be tightly controlled by the wizard union. $\endgroup$ – moonbutt74 Aug 21 '15 at 0:39

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