When Cards Collide
By Ryoga

 7: When the Spells Come Marching In
Edit 1: That took too long.


Last Solution:

            Iíve been vindicated! When you activate Double Spell, you only get one Spell Counter overall as the targeted card is not properly activated. I knew Iíd seen it somewhere, but many thanks to NDWolfwood21 for finding the ruling at http://www.upperdeckentertainment.com/yugioh/faq_card_rulings/rulings_s_u.aspx (look under ďSkilled Dark MagicianĒ).

  1. Activate Call of the Haunted, targeting Skilled Dark Magician.
  2. Pay 800 Life Points to activate Premature Burial, targeting and equipping Skilled White Magician (your LP now 800 & 1 Spell Counter on Skilled Dark Magician).
  3. Activate Double Spell, discarding Mega Ton Magical Cannon, to activate Monster Reborn from your opponentís Graveyard to Special Summon Magical Marionette (2 Spell Counters on Skilled Dark Magician and 1 Spell Counter on Skilled White Magician).
  4. Activate Book of Moon to flip Different Dimension Dragon into face-down Defense Position (3 Spell Counters on Skilled Dark Magician, 2 Spell Counters on Skilled White Magician, and 1 Spell Counter on Magical Marionette).
  5. Activate Double Spell, discarding Autonomous Action Unit, to activate Raigeki from your opponentís Graveyard (3 Spell Counters on Skilled Dark Magician and Skilled White Magician, and 2 Spell Counters on Magical Marionette).
  6. Move the Spell Counter on Pitch-Black Power Stone to Magical Marionette using its effect.
  7. Tribute Skilled Dark Magician to Special Summon Dark Magician from your Deck .
  8. Tribute Skilled Light Magician to Special Summon Buster Blader from your Deck .
  9. Attack you opponent directly for 2500 + 2600 + 500 + 2600 = 8200 damage.

Final Result: Him - 0, You Ė 800


Problem - Win the Game in One Turn:

            I know last week was a bit easier than usual, but hopefully this is more up to par. There is a Dark Magician and Double Spell around again, but no Spell Counters. This time it is face off of the Tribute decks (who else uses Double Coston?), but your opponent is managing to be annoying and has far too many Life Points. Go forth, and win! 


Field: (the upper part of the screen are your opponentís cards)

Snatch Steal (face-up equipping Archfiend Soldier)


Axe of Despair (face-up equipping Berserk Gorilla)



Archfiend Soldier (face-up ATK)


Berserk Gorilla (face-up ATK)


Summoned Skull (face-up ATK)







Double Coston (face-up DEF)






Ultimate Offering (face-up)

Call of the Haunted (face-down) 



Your Hand: 
Double Spell, Dark Magician of Chaos, Raigeki, Premature Burial


Your Life Points:                                    1400  

Your Opponentís Life Points:                9600


Your Graveyard Contains the Following Cards: 
Waboku, Exiled Force, Giant Trunade, Witch of the Black Forest, Mystical Space Typhoon, Cost Down, Kaiser Sea Horse


Your Opponentís Graveyard Contains the Following Cards: 
Double Coston, Exchange, Dark Hole, Mage Power, Harpieís Feather Duster


Your Deck Contains the Following Cards: 
Breaker the Magical Warrior, Jinzo, Zaborg the Thunder Monarch, Blue-Eyes White Dragon


Your Opponent Has No Cards in Their Hand.
You own Archfiend Soldier.
If you activate Exchange, your solution must work regardless which card your opponent selects.
You start during your Main Phase 1 having done nothing this turn.


            I have hope that this one is difficult and that it only has ONE answer for once, but I already know my lack of perfection, so I somehow doubt it. However, I canít see a second way of doing it.  

7/7/5: You know, I had almost forgotten Harpie's Feather Duster existed. All hail Advanced!




P.S. A Quick Answer!

Nope. Though you can use a number of cards (Solemn Judgment) to halve life points a number of times, Life Points are rounded off to the nearest whole number.


P.P.S. Iíve received an e-mail from Firebird about my third puzzle. Your solution does work and is different to mine. I acknowledge that Iím not very good at spotting the various ways of solving these. There seem to be two solutions hidden in all of them. However, I do resent the implication that I didnít finish the job. If you look you see that his life points are Ė100, being a negative number, or less then zero. But donít use that as a reason to stop looking for other answers. I throw in lots of red herrings, and normally they come back to haunt me. All my puzzles are intended to have one answer, but Iím not perfect (7/7/5: I think we have established that beyond any form of doubt). Anyway, it makes life more interesting. Sorry or the delay, but the e-mail was lost somewhere in the depths of the Internet.


Name # Attribute Other Type Lv ATK DEF Rarity ID# Text
Archfiend Soldier DCR-057 Fiend   DARK 4 1900 1500 Rare 49881766 An expert at battle who belongs to a crack diabolical unit. He's famous because he always gets the job done.
Axe of Despair MRL-002 Equip   SPELL       Ultra Rare 40619825 A monster equipped with this card increases its ATK by 1000 points. When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard, you can offer 1 monster from the field as a Tribute to place it on top of your Deck.
Berserk Gorilla IOC-013 Beast Effect EARTH 4 2000 1000 Rare 39168895 If this card is in face-up Defense Position on the field, destroy this card. The controller of this card must attack with this card when possible.
Blue-Eyes White Dragon LOB-001 Dragon   LIGHT 8 3000 2500 Ultra Rare 89631139 This legendary dragon is a powerful engine of destruction. Virtually invincible. Very few have faced this awesome creature and lived to tell the tale.
Breaker the Magical Warrior MFC-071 Spellcaster Effect DARK 4 1600 1000 Ultra Rare 71413901 When this card is successfully Normal Summoned, put 1 Spell Counter on it (max. 1). Increase the ATK of this monster by 300 points for each Spell Counter on this card. Also, you can remove 1 Spell Counter from this card to destroy 1 Spell or Trap Card on the field.
Call of the Haunted PSV-012 Continuous TRAP Ultra Rare 97077563 Select 1 monster from your Graveyard and Special Summon it in face-up Attack Position. When this card is destroyed or removed from the field, the summoned monster is destroyed. If the summoned monster is destroyed, this card is also destroyed.
Cost Down DCR-053 Normal   SPELL       Ultra Rare 23265313 Discard 1 card from your hand . Downgrade all Monster Cards in your hand by 2 Levels until the End Phase of the turn this card is activated.
Dark Hole LOB-052 Normal   SPELL       Super Rare 53129443 Destroys all monsters on the field.
Dark Magician of Chaos IOC-065 Spellcaster Effect DARK 8 2800 2600 Ultra Rare 40737112 When this card is Normal Summoned or Special Summoned successfully, you can add 1 Spell card from your hand from your Graveyard to your hand. A monster that is destroyed by this monster as the result of a battle is removed from play instead of going to the Graveyard. When this monster is destroyed or removed from the field, it is removed from play.
Double Coston AST-078 Zombie Effect DARK 4 1700 1650 Rare 44436472 If you Tribute Summon a DARK monster, you can treat this 1 monster as 2 Tribute Monsters for the Tribute Summon.
Double Spell MFC-106 Normal   SPELL       Ultra Rare 24096228 Discard 1 Spell Card from your hand. Select 1 Spell Card from your opponent's Graveyard and activate it from the Graveyard as your Spell Card.
Exchange EDS-001 Normal   TRAP       Secret Rare 05556668 (Edited) Both players show their hands to each other and select 1 card from each other's hand. Add the selected card to your hand and you can use it in this Duel. (When the cards are sent to the Graveyard, they are sent to the Graveyard of the original owner.)
Exiled Force LOD-023 Warrior Effect EARTH 4 1000 1000 Super Rare 74131780 (Edited) Tribute this face-up card. Destroy 1 monster on the field.
Giant Trunade MRL-048 Normal   SPELL       Super Rare 42703248 Returns all Magic and Trap cards on the field to the respective owner's hands.
Harpie's Feather Duster SDD-003 Normal   SPELL       Secret Rare 18144506 Destroys all of your opponent's Magic and Trap Cards on the field.
Jinzo PSV-000 Machine Effect DARK 6 2400 1500 Secret Rare 77585513 As long as this card remains face-up on the field, all Trap Cards cannot be activated. The effects of all face-up Trap Cards are also negated.
Kaiser Sea Horse SKE-015 Sea Serpent Effect LIGHT 4 1700 1650 Ultra Rare 17444133 If you Tribute Summon a LIGHT monster, you can treat this 1 monster as 2 Tribute Monsters for the Tribute Summon.
Mage Power LON-050 Equip   SPELL       Ultra Rare 83746708 For every Magic and Trap Card on your side of the field, increase the ATK and DEF of the equipped monster by 500 points.
Mystical Space Typhoon MRL-047 Quick   SPELL       Ultra Rare 05318639 Destroys 1 Magic or Trap card on the field.
Premature Burial PSV-037 Equip   SPELL       Ultra Rare 70828412 Pay 800 Life Points. Select 1 Monster Card from your Graveyard, Special Summon it to the field in face-up Attack Position, and equip it with this card. When this card is destroyed, the monster is also destroyed.
Raigeki LOB-053 Normal   SPELL       Super Rare 12580477 Destroys all your opponent's monsters on the field.
Snatch Steal MRL-036 Equip   SPELL       Ultra Rare 45986603 Take control of 1 of your opponent's face-up monsters. Your opponent gains 1000 Life Points at each of his/her Standby Phases.
Summoned Skull  MRD-003 Fiend   DARK 6 2500 1200 Ultra Rare 70781052 A find with dark powers for confusing the enemy. Among the Fiend-Type monsters, this monster boasts considerable force.
Ultimate Offering SDK-050 Continuous   TRAP       Common 80604091 At the cost of 500 Life Points per monster, a player is allowed an extra Normal Summon or Set.
Waboku SDY-040 Normal   SPELL       Common 12607053 Any damage inflicted by an opponent's monster is decreased to 0 during the turn this card is activated.
Witch of the Black Forest  MRD-116 Spellcaster Effect DARK 4 1100 1200 Rare 78010363 When this card is sent from the field to the Graveyard, move 1 monster with an DEF of 1500 or les from your Deck to your hand. You Deck is then shuffled.
Zaborg the Thunder Monarch AST-023 Thunder Effect LIGHT 5 2400 1000 Super Rare 51945556 When this card is Tribute Summoned successfully, destroy 1 monster on the field.