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Perplexors (Ages 14+) Published by R.I.C. Publications® 2009 under licence to MindWare Holdings Inc. Copyright© 2007 MindWare Holdings Inc. This version copyright© by R.I.C. Publications® 2009 ISBN 978-1-74126-826-3 RIC–6483

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Introduction

Contents

Perplexors are deductive logic puzzles. They are specifically designed to challenge and extend mainstream or more able students. It is strongly recommended that the teacher models the process of deductive reasoning once or twice with the students, if necessary, before allowing them to work independently (or in pairs or small groups).

Introduction ....................................... iii Contents ............................................ iii Instructions ........................................ iv

When you are faced with a number of options, logic is often used to make a choice. Logic uses reasoning and proof to help you analyse information and come to a conclusion.

Pizza logic .......................................... 1 Special confusion ................................ 2 Five-car collision ................................ 3 Bus business ....................................... 4 Orderly pecking ................................. 5 Supermarket follies ............................. 6 The waiting game ............................... 7 Fowllow travellers ............................... 8 Holiday fun ........................................ 9 Summer box office bonanza ............. 10 Fowl beauty contest .......................... 11 Announcing the winner .................... 12 Mixed pairs ...................................... 13 Donna and friends ............................ 14 Marriage mix-up ............................... 15 Hiram’s hot dogs ............................... 16 Frog bowl of champions ................... 17 Circus thrills ..................................... 18 Lunchroom logic .............................. 19 Charming children ............................ 20 Road rally ......................................... 21 Marriage travel ................................. 22 Monkey power ................................. 23 Heartbreak beach ............................. 24 Politics as usual ................................ 25 Ferrets by the numbers ...................... 26 Science experiment .......................... 27 The big election .......................... 28–29 Farmyard hijinks ............................... 30 Racing colours .................................. 31 Football uniforms .............................. 32 Car buying fever ............................... 33 For the birds ..................................... 34 Chasing tourists ................................ 35 Which is witch? ................................ 36 Marriage muddle .............................. 37 Picnic fun ......................................... 38 Anchors aweigh ................................ 39 Colourful fun .................................... 40 The top five ...................................... 41 Sports stars ....................................... 42 Mountain climbing ........................... 43 The study of sports teachers .............. 44 Silicon lunch .................................... 45 School pet day ............................. 46-47 Travelling fun .................................... 48 Answers ...................................... 49–51

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Perhaps the easiest way to understand this technique is to look at the sample puzzle on page iv and follow along as the reasons for crossing off and circling an answer are given.

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All the information needed to solve a Perplexors logic problem is given in the puzzle story and its following clues. In the beginning, all the possibilities are listed for each category. As they are eliminated by information given in the clues, these possibilities should be crossed off. In a vertical column, if all the answers in a column are eliminated except for one, then that one remaining possibility must be the answer and it should be circled. The same is true in horizontal rows. If all the possibilities are eliminated in a row except for one, then that one remaining possibility must be the answer and it should be circled.

Puzzles

Perplexors are not designed as easy, done-in-a-minute activities. Rather, they are challenges that require a reasoned, logical response over time. They will both challenge and extend students.

There are many ways in which these puzzles can be used in a classroom. The following are examples only, not an exhaustive list.

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Homework This is not a ‘more of the same’ activity; it is an opportunity for students to consolidate and expand on what they have learnt in the classroom.

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Extension activities This is self-explanatory. The extension could be in terms of content or process.

Small-group problem-solving Thinking and talking logically are two vital skills. By working on the logic puzzles in pairs or small groups, thinking and talking about the problem, students can share and strengthen these skills. Whole-class challenges Teacher assistance may be required with some students; modelling is an effective strategy. ‘Extras’ This is mainly a fun activity/challenge for the more able or advanced students.

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Instructions 2nd Place

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The best way to learn how to solve logic problems is to complete one. Read the sample puzzle below and use the ‘Cross off and circle’ technique. On the following page we show the completed puzzle and all the thinking you needed to do to solve the puzzle.

Clue #1 allows you to cross off ‘Mari’ under 1st place because the clue tells you that Mari finished after Debi and, obviously, first place is not after anything. The clue adds the information that Mari did not finish last so you cross Mari’s name off in the fourth place column as well. The clue also gives us information about Debi. We know that Mari finished after Debi, so Debi can not be in fourth place because there is no place after fourth place for Mari to be in. And we can also cross off ‘Debi’ under third place because Mari has to finish after Debi and we know Mari did not finish in fourth place. Thus, ‘Debi’ can not be the answer for third place because Mari did not finish in fourth place.

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The top four finishers in the annual beauty queen and rat derby were the lovely Bambi, Debi, Cindi and Mari, who trained rats named Brighteye, Dorable, Sweetlips and QT Pie. In a startling coincidence, the place the lovely ladies finished in the beauty queen contest exactly matched the place their pets placed in the rat derby. This was a first in the history of the sport! Based on the clues, match the finishing place for both the girls and the rats.

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1. Mari finished after Debi, but at least she did not finish last. 2. Cindi finished ahead of Debi. 3. Brighteye and Sweetlips did not finish either first or last. 4. Cindi did not name her pet rat QT Pie, and Brighteye finished in front of Mari’s pet rat.

Clue #3 allows you to cross off both ‘Brighteye’ and ‘Sweetlips’ under first place and fourth place. Doing this shows you that the only possibility for those two must be second and third places. We do not know which is which at this point, but we know that ‘Dorable’ and ‘QT Pie’ are eliminated for those places so we cross them off under the second and third place columns. Thus, when we finish the crossing off based on this clue, we have only ‘Dorable’ and ‘QT Pie’ left as possibilities for first place and fourth place, and ‘Brighteye’ and ‘Sweetlips’ as possibilities for second place and third place.

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Clue #2 gives us all we need to know to solve the beauty queen part of the puzzle. The only possibilities left for Debi are first or second place. Cindi finishing ahead of Debi puts Cindi in first place and Debi in second place. When you circle those names in the correct column, and cross off the other names in that column, and cross off ‘Cindi’ and ‘Debi’ under the other columns, you will find ‘Mari’ as the only possibility for third place and ‘Bambi’ as the only possible answer for fourth place.

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To be able to solve logic problems you must first understand what it is you are looking for. In the sample puzzle below, note that there are four columns going across with each containing exactly the same information in two groups that are separated by a line. Only ONE answer is correct in each group for each column, and that ONE answer will NOT be correct in any other place. There are numbered clues that you are to use to solve the puzzle. To keep track of your logical deductions, you are to cross off possibilities on the puzzle until the correct answer is revealed and then circle that correct answer. Sometimes, the correct answer is revealed before you have crossed off all the possibilities. When this happens you must still cross off the other possibilities in that group and also cross off that possibility in the other columns because other answers may be revealed when you do this. You should never guess because all of the information to solve the puzzle is given and you never need to guess if you are thinking clearly. Also, an incorrect guess does not just make one answer wrong but causes logical inconsistencies through the rest of the puzzle.

Clue #4 allows you to cross off ‘QT Pie’ in the first place column because we know that Cindi finished in first place leaving only Dorable as the answer for that column, and QT Pie as the only remaining answer for fourth place. The second part of the clue tells us that Brighteye finished in front of Mari’s pet rat. We know that Mari’s pet rat finished in third place so it has to be Brighteye in the second place column, leaving Sweetlips as the only possibility for third place. The puzzle is solved! R.I.C. Publications®

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Pizza logic The clues

Luigi’s Logical Pizzeria served five different sized pizzas: small, medium, large, extra large and gigantic. They featured four different toppings or plain cheese pizza. One night, five people, named Ben, Bob, Bel, Bonnie and Brenda, called to order pizzas for takeaway. Each ordered a different size and a different topping or plain. Each phoned for their pizzas individually: first, second, third, fourth and fifth. Based on the clues, match the callers with the size of pizza they ordered, the toppings they wanted, and the order in which they called.

1. Bob did not call first or fifth as those callers ordered either a small or a gigantic pizza with either ham or mushrooms on them, and Bob did not like ham or mushrooms. 2. Brenda called before Bel, and Ben called after Bob but before Brenda. 3. The extra large was ordered after the large and neither of those pizzas had onions on them. The medium pizza was ordered immediately after the gigantic mushroom pizza was ordered. 4. Ben ordered a pizza with a topping on it.

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Special confusion

The story On Wednesday, Benny Bennett went to Logical Louie’s cafe for lunch. Logical Louie’s menu was never right. He just used it as a basis for his logic problems. Based on Louie’s clues, your assignment is to figure out the real menu.

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1. Logical Louie went to Benny and said, ‘All of the items of the menu are wrong in a different way. Today’s main dish special was served yesterday, and tomorrow’s main dish special will be the main dish special for the day after tomorrow, and yesterday’s main dish special was served the day before yesterday, and tomorrow’s main dish special will be what used to be the special on the day before yesterday’.

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2. Logical Louie said, ‘The beverages as listed are all wrong, too. Today’s beverage is now served the day after tomorrow, the day before yesterday’s beverage is served tomorrow, yesterday’s beverage is, of course, served one day earlier, and tomorrow’s beverage has been moved to yesterday’. 3. Logical Louie said, ‘The desserts, as listed, are all wrong, too. I now serve the day after tomorrow’s dessert on the day before yesterday, and today’s dessert is now served the day after tomorrow. I have moved tomorrow’s dessert to yesterday and yesterday’s dessert is now served tomorrow’. 4. Benny, who wanted Friday’s old main dish, Monday’s old beverage, and Wednesday’s old dessert said, ‘I’ll have a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday’.

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Five-car collision The clues

Five people, named Al, Ann, Art, Alice and Angela, were involved in a five-car accident on the highway. One of the five stopped suddenly to avoid running over a gigantic brown rat crossing the road that the driver had mistaken for a stray cocker spaniel. Nobody was injured in the slightest, but all of the cars were damaged; they were damaged in the rear only, the front only, or both the front and the rear. The cars involved were a station wagon, a sedan, a convertible, a sports car and a mini-van. The cars were all different colours; they were green, yellow, pink, purple and gold. The accident could have been avoided if all the drivers had been alert, but they all were distracted as they were eating something at the time of the accident. They were eating biscuits, hot chips, tacos, a sandwich, and crisps. Based on the clues, match the place of the car in the accident with the drivers, the types of cars, the colours of their cars and the food being consumed.

1. The sports car was only damaged in the rear, and the sedan was damaged only in the front. 2. Angela ran into Ann, Ann ran into Art, and Al ran into Angela. 3. The yellow car ran into the pink car, the purple car ran into the gold station wagon, the gold car ran into the yellow car, and the person eating chips in the pink car ran into the green car. 4. Alice did not drive a sedan. 5. Ann did not drive a convertible or eat biscuits, tacos or crisps. 6. The person eating crisps ran into the person eating a sandwich, and was struck in the rear by the person eating tacos.

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Bus business The clues

Pam, Pete, Paula, Parker and Patrice were standing in line waiting to board a bus. Their last names were Pot, Pott, Potts, Potter and Potsman. They all were carrying something different. They were carrying books, an umbrella, a sandwich, a toy boat and a hat box. They each said something different to the bus driver. They said ‘Hi’, ‘Hello’, ‘Greetings’, ‘Nice bus’ and ‘You’re late’. Based on the clues, match the order of entry with first and last names, what they were carrying and what they said to the bus driver.

1. Each person had exactly the same number of letters in his or her first and last names. 2. Parker, who was not second or fourth, poked Pam in the back and Pott in the chest with his umbrella as he boarded the bus. 3. Paula was not last on the bus. 4. The person carrying the hat box said ‘Hello’, and Pete said ‘Hi’. 5. The sandwich-carrying person said ‘You’re late’ to the driver and was not the first or last on the bus. 6. The person carrying the toy boat poked another person in the back and said ‘Greetings’ to the driver.

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Orderly pecking The clues

Five chickens, named Scramuel, Shelly, Henry, Eggbert and Kaypon, were the only chickens in Farmer Brown’s flock. They all came to live with Farmer Brown at different times. One came first, one came second, one came third and so on. Each of the chickens came from a fine old family and their last names were Cooper, Fryer, Stewart, Fowler and Winger. Aside from chicken feed, they each had a different favourite food they found in the barnyard, which was worms, grubs, ants, beetles and spiders. Also, the chickens all suffered from nightmares, but they all dreamed about something different. They dreamt about foxes, hawks, axes, grills and soup. Based on the clues, match the chickens with their order of arrival, their last names, their favourite foods and their worst nightmares.

1. Eggbert arrived before Scramuel, Fryer, Henry and Kaypon, and Shelly arrived before Winger, Fowler and Stewart. 2. Scramuel came before Henry and Kaypon, but after the chickens who ate ants or worms and had nightmares about axes or grills. 3. Henry did not come before any other chicken, he did not like beetles or spiders, and he did not have nightmares about either hawks or soup. 4. Stewart arrived before Fowler and Kaypon, and it was Kaypon who had nightmares about soup. 5. Eggbert did not eat ants or dream about axes, and Winger did not eat beetles.

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Supermarket follies The clues

Jim, Jill, Jan, Joe and Jon were standing in line at a check-out counter at a supermarket. They all had three items in their carts, but none of the items were exactly the same. They all bought a type of fruit juice; they bought orange, grapefruit, tomato, grape and apple. They all bought a different type of bread; they bought white, French, rye, wheat and wholemeal. They also all purchased a different kind of meat; they bought beef, pork, veal, lamb and goat. Based on the clues, determine their places in line, and the kind of juice, bread and meat they bought at the store.

1. Jill bumped her cart into Joe’s back, Joe bumped his cart into Jon’s back, Jill was bumped in the back by Jim, and Jan bumped Jim in the back. 2. The person who did not get bumped in the back by a cart and the person who did not bump anyone did not buy grapefruit juice, tomato juice or apple juice. 3. Jim, Jill and Joe did not buy French bread, rye bread, pork or goat. 4. The only person not to bump anyone with a cart was having goatburgers on rye bread washed down with orange juice. 5. Jim and Jill did not buy grapefruit juice, wheat bread or beef. 6. Jill did not buy tomato juice, and Jim did not buy lamb or white bread.

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white French rye wheat wholemeal

white French rye wheat wholemeal

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The waiting game The clues

Jack, Jerry, James, Joan and Jenni worked at a restaurant waiting on tables. One day, each one had a single customer at a single table. The tables were numbered from one to five. Each customer ordered a different kind of soup, a different type of salad dressing, and a sandwich with a different type of filling. Based on the clues, match the table numbers with the person who waited on that table, and the types of soup, salad and sandwiches that were ordered.

1. Jack and Jerry served tomato soup and onion soup to the salami and liverwurst sandwich eaters. 2. James did not wait on Tables One or Two, and he served his table clam chowder, Italian dressing and turkey. 3. Joan and Jenni did not wait on Tables Three, Four or Five, and Jerry did not serve tomato soup. 4. Joan and Jenni served their customers either a sardine or a chicken sandwich. 5. Tables Four and Five did not eat turkey, and Tables One and Two ate either garlic or ranch dressing on their salads. 6. Jerry’s table number was higher than Jack’s, and Joan’s was higher than Jenni’s. 7. Table 1 did not order ranch dressing or sardines, and Table 4 did not order thousand island dressing or salami. 8. Table 1 did not have mushroom soup.

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tomato soup mushroom soup vegetable soup clam chowder onion soup

tomato soup mushroom soup vegetable soup clam chowder onion soup

tomato soup mushroom soup vegetable soup clam chowder onion soup

tomato soup mushroom soup vegetable soup clam chowder onion soup

ranch French Italian thousand island garlic

ranch French Italian thousand island garlic

ranch French Italian thousand island garlic

ranch French Italian thousand island garlic

ranch French Italian thousand island garlic

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Fowllow travellers The clues

Five water birds landed in a pond one by one. The birds were named Fred, Floyd, Phil, Ferris and Frank. They were a mallard duck, a pintail duck, a wood duck, a swan and a goose. All of the birds had been hatched and raised on different lakes. They were born on Mud Lake, Rice Lake, Fish Lake, Clear Lake and Blue Lake. They were all travelling to different places. They were going to Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and Panama. Based on the clues, match their landing order with their names, their bird types, where they were hatched and their destinations.

1. Fred landed just behind Floyd, Ferris landed just behind Fred, Floyd landed just after Phil, and Ferris landed in front of Frank. 2. None of the first three birds to land were either a swan or a goose, and none of the first three birds to land were hatched on either Mud Lake or Rice Lake. 3. The swan was not hatched on Mud Lake and was flying to Canada, and the goose was flying to Panama. 4. The wood duck was not hatched on either Fish Lake or Clear Lake and was not flying to Mexico. 5. The pintail duck was not hatched on Clear Lake and was flying to Brazil. 6. The mallard landed just in front of the pintail duck, and the wood duck landed just in front of the swan.

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Holiday fun The clues

On a recent trip to Transylvania, Bertram, Vincent, Borka, Peter and Fred became vampires. Their last names were Luther, Pratt, Kane, Locke and Knight, but not necessarily in that order. One of them was bitten by a wandering vampire and he in turn bit one of his companions, who in turn bit another companion, who in turn bit another, who in turn bit another… until all were infected. They discovered good things and bad things about being vampires. The good things were flying, sleeping all day, living forever, biting people in the neck and nice teeth. The bad things were boring food, no suntan, your friends were all pains in the neck, coffin repair and changing into a bat all the time. Based on the clues, match the vampires with their last names, the correct order of infection and each vampire’s likes and dislikes.

1. Kane, Bertram, Knight and Fred were not bitten first on the vampire bite parade. 2. Vincent had not infected anyone yet, but Peter was the one who infected Bertram. 3. Bertram was not named Luther or Locke and he was infected after Borka and Fred were infected. 4. Borka was not Locke, and Vincent was not Knight. 5. The last two vampires to be infected liked either sleeping all day or living forever and disliked either the lack of a suntan or the pain in the neck friends. 6. The vampire who enjoyed biting people and disliked changing into a bat was not infected first or second. 7. Kane did not like sleeping all day, the vampire bitten first loved the flying, and Fred enjoyed repairing his coffin. 8. One vampire, who was not infected last, really disliked not having a suntan more than anything else!

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Summer box office bonanza The clues

The top five moneymaking films of the summer were all released in June. The dates were 1, 5, 10, 20 and 21 June. The films were named Geriatric Park, Dratman, Whyit Burp, Top gum and Blister act. The plots were all pretty familiar: they were about terrifying iguanas in a retirement trailer park; an annoying flying, caped, masked avenger; a Western about a sheriff with indigestion; a pilot losing his upper incisors to gingivitis; and a singing nun with bad shoes. The films grossed 50, 75, 100, 125 and 200 million dollars. The lead characters in the films were named Max, Moe, Myron, Mollie and Maggie, and all the characters had appealing dog sidekicks. The dogs were a collie, a beagle, a terrier, a doberman and a spitz. Based on the clues, match the release date with the film title, the amount grossed, the name of the character and the breed of the sidekick dog.

1. It was either Moe or Myron, with either the beagle or the doberman, who were featured in the highest- and lowest-grossing films, and these films were not released first or last. 2. Top gum grossed 100 million dollars less than Blister act but that was twice the gross of Geriatric Park. 3. Dratman was released on Wednesday and Whyit Burp on the following Sunday. 4. Top gum was not released on 10 June or 20 June but it did feature a spitz. 5. The film released 1 June grossed 50 million less than Whyit Burp and 125 million less than the film released on 10 June. 6. The film with Moe and the beagle was released five days after the film with Mollie and the terrier. 7. Max was not featured in Dratman.

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Max Moe Myron Mollie Maggie

Max Moe Myron Mollie Maggie

Max Moe Myron Mollie Maggie

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Fowl beauty contest The clues

Every year after Christmas, the surviving birds at Farmer Brown’s fowl farm held a poultry parade of beauty and elected a queen. The five contestants this year were named Daphne, Gale, Clarise, Tessie and Ginnie. They were a duck, a goose, a chicken, a turkey and a guineafowl. In the talent competition, they all did imitations of another type of bird; they quacked, honked, cackled, gobbled and shrieked. In the swimsuit competition, they all wore different coloured bikinis. Their bikinis were red, yellow, green, orange and pink. They each received a different number of votes: 100 votes, 150 votes, 200 votes, 300 votes and 500 votes. Based on the clues, match the names with their type of bird, their imitations, the colour of their bikinis and the number of votes each bird received.

1. The cackling goose received twice as many votes as the quacking guineafowl but still placed second to the honking turkey, who received five times as many votes as the shrieking chicken in the orange bikini. 2. The third-place duck in the red bikini received twice as many votes as Gale. 3. Tessie received 50 fewer votes than Clarise. 4. Daphne, who did not wear yellow, received more votes than Ginnie, or the bird in the hot pink bikini.

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quack honk cackle gobble shriek

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Announcing the winner The clues

The announcer at the India Apples Raceway became so excited at the close finish of the top five racers that he got just about everything wrong. He not only got the finishing order all wrong, but he also got the first and last names of the drivers all wrong. In addition, he got the numbers of the cars all wrong, and the colours of the cars all wrong. He did manage to correctly identify the last names with the correct colours. Listed below is all the mostly incorrect information. Based on the clues, figure out all the correct information. First place Number 10 blue car Roy Barrett Second place Number 15 red car Jack Brighton Third place Number 20 pink car Bob Evans Fourth place Number 40 yellow car Mel Avery Fifth place Number 60 green car Harry Campbell Looking at this chart, you know for sure that first place was not number 10 in the blue car, Roy’s last name was not Barrett, and neither name was correct for place or number, but Barrett was in a blue car someplace.

1. The three cars with the highest numbers did no better than third place, but Number 20 did not finish last. 2. Bob finished behind Harry but just in front of Mel, while Jack finished in front of Roy but did not come close to winning the race. 3. Car Number 60 was not blue. 4. Remember, all of the information given at the left is wrong except the last names of the drivers matches correctly with the colours of the cars someplace in the chart, but not with the given order of finish, first names or car numbers.

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Mixed pairs The clues

The five finalists in the pairs ice-skating championship were Tom, Tex, Tim, Tony and Thor, who were paired with Tina, Tammi, Terri, Tula and Tessi. The men’s last names were Cox, Dole, Dolen, Dooley and Donovan, and the women’s last names were Pit, Pots, Puley, Potter and Plumley. The countries they represented were Canada, France, Nepal, Tibet and Peru. Based on the clues, match their final order of finish with the first and last names of the men, the first and last names of the women, and the country they both represented.

1. The number of letters in the partner’s last names is never the same. 2. Tom and his partner finished ahead of Tex and Thor and their partners, but behind Dole and Dolen and their partners. 3. Tula and her partner, who was not Tex, finished after Tessi, Tammi and Tina and their partners, but ahead of Pots and her partner. 4. France finished ahead of Tibet, Canada and Peru, but did not win the competition. 5. Dolen finished in front of Tim and partner, while Cox and partner finished after Tom and partner, but still managed to beat the team of Donovan and Pots from Peru. 6. Tina and partner finished ahead of Tammi and partner, but were beaten by Potter and partner. 7. The Canada team finished in front of the team of Cox and Plumley. 8. Puley and her partner did not finish in third place.

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Tom Tex Tim Tony Thor

Tom Tex Tim Tony Thor

Tom Tex Tim Tony Thor

Tom Tex Tim Tony Thor

Tina Tammi Terri Tula Tessi

Tina Tammi Terri Tula Tessi

Tina Tammi Terri Tula Tessi

Tina Tammi Terri Tula Tessi

Tina Tammi Terri Tula Tessi

Cox Dole Dolen Dooley Donovan

Cox Dole Dolen Dooley Donovan

Cox Dole Dolen Dooley Donovan

Cox Dole Dolen Dooley Donovan

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Pit Pots Puley Potter Plumley

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Donna and friends The clues

Donna Donnelly led a very busy social life. Last week, Monday through Friday, Donna went out with a different friend each night. Her friends were Bea, Bill, Betty, Bernice and Bertrum. Donna and her friends went to a movie, bowling, skating, dancing and surfing. The friends all treated Donna to dinner, where her main dishes was steak, lobster, chicken, veal and flounder. At the end of the evening, Donna said good night to her friends with a handshake, a kiss on the cheek, a hug, a nod and a smile. Based on the clues, match Donna and her friends with what activity they pursued, what Donna ate and how she said good night each night of the week.

1. Bill went out with Donna the day after Bertrum went out with her, Bernice went out with Donna the day before Bertrum, and the two friends with the shortest names went out with her after Wednesday. 2. Donna did not skate on Monday, but she went skating the day before she went either surfing or dancing, and she went to the movies the day after she went bowling. 3. Donna ate veal the day after she went surfing, chicken before eating either steak, flounder or lobster, and she ate lobster the day after eating flounder, which she ate the day after eating steak. 4. Donna kissed her friend on the cheek after shaking hands, hugging and smiling, but before she nodded good night. 5. Donna gave a good night hug the day after she ate chicken which was, of course, the day before she smiled good night.

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Bea Bill Betty Bernice Bertrum

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movie bowling skating dancing surfing

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steak lobster chicken veal flounder

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Marriage mix-up The clues

Movie star Tippi Canoe had been married and divorced five times. The first names of her husbands were Ray, Roy, Rex, Rob and Ron. Their last names were Miller, Royden, Story, Ratcliff and Holden. The reasons for the divorces were boredom, snoring, bad breath, an irritating laugh and excessive shopping. As a part of the divorces, Tippi received cash settlements of 1 million, 3 million, 6 million, 9 million and 12 million dollars. Based on the clues, match the order of Tippi’s marriages with her husbands’ first and last names, the reason for each divorce, and the cash settlements Tippi received from each of her husbands.

1. Ray was married to Tippi after Ron but before Roy Miller, who gave her three times as much money as Rex. 2. Tippi’s second and fourth marriages were not to Ray, Rex or Rob. 3. Rob married Tippi before Ron. 4. Ron gave Tippi the least amount of money. 5. Ratcliff gave Tippi the most money and married her after Story, who gave her half as much money as Ratcliff. 6. Holden married Tippi after Roy, and it was Holden who divorced Tippi because of her excessive shopping. 7. Tippi’s snoring did not ruin either her first, third or fourth marriages, and her first and third marriages did not fail because of boredom. 8. Tippi’s irritating laugh was not a problem in her first marriage.

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Miller Royden Story Ratcliff Holden

Miller Royden Story Ratcliff Holden

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boredom snoring bad breath laugh shopping

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Hiram’s hot dogs The clues

The first five customers at Hiram’s hot dog stand all ordered hot dogs, of course, but each one wanted only one topping. Diana, David, Dexter, Delilah and Dewey each ordered a hot dog with either mustard, onions, tomato sauce, pickles or sauerkraut. To eat with their hot dogs they ordered plain chips, BBQ chips, corn chips, cheese chips and vinegar chips. To wash their lunch down they all ordered a different beverage. They ordered cola, ice tea, lemonade, orange juice and milk. Based on the clues, match the order of the customers with their complete meals.

1. Waiting impatiently in line, each person accidentally gave the person standing in front of him or her a poke in the back. Delilah poked David in the back, Dexter poked Delilah in the back, David poked Dewey in the back, and Dewey poked Diana in the back. 2. The ice tea drinker ordered tomato sauce and plain chips and stood in line just in front of the cola drinker, who ordered pickles and vinegar chips. 3. The person who ordered onions, BBQ chips and lemonade stood next in line behind the person who ordered sauerkraut, corn chips and milk. 4. Dexter did not order BBQ chips or vinegar chips. 5. Diana did not order tomato sauce on her hot dog.

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Diana David Dexter Delilah Dewey

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mustard tomato sauce tomato sauce pickles sauerkraut

mustard onions tomato sauce pickles sauerkraut

mustard onions tomato sauce pickles sauerkraut

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plain chips BBQ chips corn chips cheese chips vinegar chips

plain chips BBQ chips corn chips cheese chips vinegar chips

plain chips BBQ chips corn chips cheese chips vinegar chips

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cola ice tea lemonade orange juice milk

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Frog bowl of champions The clues

The top five finishers in the frog jumping contest were owned by Ken, Kate, Kirby, Kiesha and Killian. The names of the frogs were Pug, Spot, Bugsy, Bugeye and Duchess. Each of the frogs ate something different for their pre-jump meal. They ate flies, moths, mosquitoes, gnats and beetles. At the post-jump interview the winning frogs were quoted as saying ‘Ribbit’, ‘Gumph’, ‘Snork’, ‘Hoppy’ and ‘Croak’. Based on the clues, match the order of finish with the frog owners, the names of the frogs, their pre-jump snacks and their post-jump comments.

1. No owners had the same number of letters in their names as were in their frogs’ names. 2. Pug finished one place ahead of Bugsy, Spot finished one place ahead of Pug, Bugeye finished one place ahead of Duchess, and Bugsy finished one place in front of Bugeye. 3. Ken and Kate’s frogs ate either moths or mosquitoes and were quoted as saying either ‘Gumph’ or ‘Snork’. 4. The frogs that ate flies, gnats and beetles finished no higher than third place. 5. Kiesha’s fly-eating frog finished behind Kirby’s frog, who was quoted as saying ‘Hoppy’. 6. The moth-eating frog that said ‘Snork’ did not win the contest, and the frog that ate gnats finished higher than the frog that ate beetles. 7. Duchess did not say ‘Croak’.

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Ken Kate Kirby Kiesha Killian

Ken Kate Kirby Kiesha Killian

Ken Kate Kirby Kiesha Killian

Ken Kate Kirby Kiesha Killian

Pug Spot Bugsy Bugeye Duchess

Pug Spot Bugsy Bugeye Duchess

Pug Spot Bugsy Bugeye Duchess

Pug Spot Bugsy Bugeye Duchess

Pug Spot Bugsy Bugeye Duchess

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flies moths mosquitoes gnats beetles

flies moths mosquitoes gnats beetles

flies moths mosquitoes gnats beetles

flies moths mosquitoes gnats beetles

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‘Ribbit’ ‘Gumph’ ‘Snork’ ‘Hoppy’ ‘Croak’

‘Ribbit’ ‘Gumph’ ‘Snork’ ‘Hoppy’ ‘Croak’

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Circus thrills The clues

During one memorable performance, five members of a highwire tightrope-walking troupe fell off the highwire. It may have looked like some of them fell together, but they really fell first, second, third, fourth and fifth. Their names were Mark, Mike, Mary, Mildred and Morris. Luckily, they were working with a net that day and they all made different sounds when they bounced in the net. The sounds were bloing, sproing, bloup, kataang and goip. As they were falling, they each shouted something; they shouted ‘Yikesss!’, ‘Noooooo!’, ‘Heeeelp!’, ‘Mamaaaa!’ and ‘Ooooops!’ They all survived, but each broke a different bone. They broke an arm, a leg, a nose, a hip and a finger. Based on the clues, match their order of falling with their names, the sounds they made upon landing, what they shouted and their injuries.

1. Mark landed on top of Mary and one other person, Mike landed on top of Mark and two other people, Mildred landed on top of Mike and three other people, and Mary did not fall first. 2. One observer said he heard, goip, kataang, sproing, bloing and bloup in that order, but later analysis of the audio tape proved that he got the order of sounds completely wrong. 3. The goip sound really came immediately before the bloup sound, the bloing sound came immediately after the sproing, the bloup sound came immediately in front of the sproing, and the kataang sound did not come last. 4. Mark, Mike and Mildred did not shout either ‘Yikesss!’ or ‘Heeeelp!’ and they broke bones above the waist. 5. ‘Ooooops!’ was heard before ‘Mamaaaa!’, ‘Noooooo!’ was heard after ‘Mamaaaa!’ and ‘Yikesss!’ was not the first word shouted. 6. Mary did not break a hip, Mike did not break a nose or finger, and Mark did not break his nose.

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‘Yikesss!’ ‘Noooooo!’ ‘Heeeelp!’ ‘Mamaaaa!’ ‘Ooooops!’

‘Yikesss!’ ‘Noooooo!’ ‘Heeeelp!’ ‘Mamaaaa!’ ‘Ooooops!’

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Lunchroom logic

The story Whoever typed the week’s school lunch menu, published in the school’s newsletter, was having a very bad day. The menu always included a main dish, a side dish, a beverage and a dessert. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

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1. As shown in the menu, three main dishes are listed incorrectly, two side dishes are listed incorrectly, four beverages are mixed up, and all five desserts were served on different days. 2. The main dish listing for Tuesday and Thursday is correct, but the hot dog was still served earlier in the week than the meat loaf. 3. Fries were served as a side dish on Friday.

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4. Milk was served with the fish sandwich, but the cranberry juice was served on the day scheduled for lemonade, apple juice was served on the day scheduled for orange juice, and the orange juice was served the day before the apple juice was actually served. 5. Cake was served on the day scheduled for biscuits, biscuits were served on the day scheduled for icecream, and the ice-cream was served before the cake was really served.

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fries green peas mashed potato green beans pickled beetroot

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fries green peas mashed potato green beans pickled beetroot

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Charming children The clues

Mr and Mrs Washburn were justifiably proud of their five children, whom they had named Ira, Inez, Inga, Irma and Isadore. The children were all born singly, so naturally one was the eldest, one the youngest, and the rest were born second, third and fourth. Each of the children had a special talent unique to that child. The unique talents were yodelling, juggling, ice-skating, painting and dancing. Strangely, the children’s eye colours were all different; they were blue, brown, green, grey and black. When they grew up, they all pursued successful careers as a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, a farmer and a politician. Based on the clues, match the children with their birth order, their talent, their eye colour and their career.

1. Inga, Irma and Isadore were not born last, and none of them pursued careers as either teachers or farmers. 2. The yodelling child was not the youngest but was born after children who had special talents in juggling, iceskating and dancing. 3. Ira did not become a farmer, and the doctor was the oldest of the five children. 4. Inga was younger than Isadore but older than Ira, Inez and Irma. 5. Ira was not born fourth or fifth, and the youngest was the green-eyed painter. 6. The black-eyed dancer was the oldest, and the grey-eyed lawyer was younger than the ice-skating politician. 7. Inga’s eyes were not blue.

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Road rally The clues

Five married couples belonging to a vintage automobile club decided to have a road rally and go to a country pub for lunch. The husbands were named Bob, Bert, Byron, Barney and Bernard. Their wives were named Bea, Bess, Belle, Bonnie and Bridget. The cars they were driving were all at least 25 years old and included a Monaro, a Kingswood, a Falcon, a Fairlady and a Galant. The couples all left at the same time but they all arrived at different times. Each couple was delayed for different reasons. The reasons were a flat tyre, a broken fanbelt, a loose wire, an overheated engine and a balky fuel pump. Based on the clues, match the husbands with their wives, their vintage cars, their order of arrival and the reason for their delay.

1. No husbands and wives had the exact same number of letters in their names. 2. Bob and Bert did not ride in either a Monaro or a Kingswood, but one of those cars finished second, just in front of the third place Galant. 3. The Fairlady, driven by Bridget, arrived first, and the Kingswood, driven by Bonnie, arrived last. 4. Bob did not ride in either a Falcon or a Galant, and neither Barney nor Bernard rode in a Monaro. 5. Byron and Barney were not married to Bea, whose car arrived fourth because of a loose wire. 6. The car with fanbelt problems was delayed the longest, and the car with the flat tyre finished behind the car with the balky fuel pump but ahead of the car that overheated.

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Bea Bess Belle Bonnie Bridget

Bea Bess Belle Bonnie Bridget

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Monaro Kingswood Falcon Fairlady Galant

Monaro Kingswood Falcon Fairlady Galant

Monaro Kingswood Falcon Fairlady Galant

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Marriage travel The clues

Five couples embarked upon a whirlwind five-day, five-country trip where each of the couples got married in a different country on a different day of the week. The grooms were named Max, Mike, Moe, Marvin and Melvin, and the brides were named Mae, Mary, Mildred, Mona and Maggie. The countries they visited were Kenya, Tibet, Japan, Turkey and Somalia. Each day of the trip, one misfortune befell all of the couples. They lost their luggage, got sunburnt, left their camera in their room, lost their sunglasses and missed the tour bus. Based on the clues, match the days of the trip with the grooms and their brides, the countries visited and their minor mishaps.

1. Mike and Marvin married either Mary or Mildred sometime during the two days after they left their camera, lost their sunglasses, and missed the bus earlier in the week. 2. They visited Turkey the day after losing their sunglasses in Somalia, and they visited Japan the day after they lost their luggage. 3. They did not miss the tour bus on Monday, and they went to Tibet the day after they left their camera in their room in Kenya. 4. Mike got married after Marvin, and Mildred got married before Mary. 5. Max got married after Moe but before Melvin, and Mona got married before Mae but not before Maggie. 6. Moe was sorry he did not have his camera for his wedding day.

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Max Mike Moe Marvin Melvin

Max Mike Moe Marvin Melvin

Max Mike Moe Marvin Melvin

Mae Mary Mildred Mona Maggie

Mae Mary Mildred Mona Maggie

Mae Mary Mildred Mona Maggie

Kenya Tibet Japan Turkey Somalia

Kenya Tibet Japan Turkey Somalia

Kenya Tibet Japan Turkey Somalia

Kenya Tibet Japan Turkey Somalia

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lost luggage sunburnt camera sunglasses missed bus

lost luggage sunburnt camera sunglasses missed bus

lost luggage sunburnt camera sunglasses missed bus

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Monkey power The clues

There were five monkeys sitting in a row on a tree branch in the jungle. Their names were Goldie, Bongo, Pongo, Ginger and Roscoe. They were discussing their favourite activities while tossing coconuts back and forth. They liked scratching, yodelling, nitpicking, screeching and sleeping. Each monkey accidentally dropped a coconut and hit a different animal passing below. The animals hit by coconuts were a warthog, an elephant, a hippo, a lion and a hyena. The monkeys dropped their coconuts after a different number of successful tosses. One monkey dropped his coconut after one toss, but the other monkeys dropped their coconuts and hit an animal after 2, 4, 8 and 12 tosses. Based on the clues, match the place in the row with the monkeys’ names, their fun activities, the animals they accidentally hit with their coconuts, and the number of times they tossed their coconuts.

1. Goldie and Ginger were sitting at one or the other ends of the monkey row. 2. Roscoe sat in front of Goldie, Pongo sat just in front of Roscoe, but Bongo sat in front of both Pongo and Roscoe. 3. The monkeys that loved yodelling, nitpicking and screeching were not sitting first or fifth. 4. The nitpicking monkey made eight tosses before hitting the elephant, and sat between the yodelling and screeching monkeys. 5. The screeching monkey sat just in front of the monkey that enjoyed sleeping, and hit the hippo with six fewer tosses than Pongo. 6. Bongo and Ginger tossed their coconuts more than once and neither one hit the hyena. 7. Ginger did not hit the lion, and did not toss her coconut the most times.

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Goldie Bongo Pongo Ginger Roscoe

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scratching yodelling nitpicking screeching sleeping

scratching yodelling nitpicking screeching sleeping

scratching yodelling nitpicking screeching sleeping

scratching yodelling nitpicking screeching sleeping

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warthog elephant hippo lion hyena

warthog elephant hippo lion hyena

warthog elephant hippo lion hyena

warthog elephant hippo lion hyena

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1 toss 2 tosses 4 tosses 8 tosses 12 tosses

1 toss 2 tosses 4 tosses 8 tosses 12 tosses

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Heartbreak beach The clues

Jeff and Jane were two very shy people who met on a plane on their way to Mosquito Island for a five-day holiday. When they left the plane they realised they did not make arrangements to meet. The island had five beaches that faced east and were only used in the morning, and five beaches that faced west that were only used later in the day. Each of them sat down and figured out a schedule so that they would visit all ten beaches in the five days they were there and they would be bound to meet. Based on the clues, figure out their schedules.

1. By Wednesday night the situation was that when Jeff had been at Morning Beach, Jane had been at Sunrise Beach. By the time Jeff visited Sunrise Beach Jane had visited Early Beach and Wakeup Beach. Jeff visited Sleepy Beach the day before Jane did and Late Beach the day before as well. Jane had been to West Beach the day before she went to Late Beach herself. 2. On Thursday and Friday, Jeff went to either East Beach or Early Beach in the morning and West Beach or Sunset Beach later in the day. 3. Jeff went to East Beach the day before Jane did, and Jane visited Evening Beach two days after Jeff had been there.

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East Beach Sunrise Beach Morning Beach Wakeup Beach Early Beach

East Beach Sunrise Beach Morning Beach Wakeup Beach Early Beach

East Beach Sunrise Beach Morning Beach Wakeup Beach Early Beach

West Beach Sunset Beach Evening Beach Sleepy Beach Late Beach

West Beach Sunset Beach Evening Beach Sleepy Beach Late Beach

West Beach Sunset Beach Evening Beach Sleepy Beach Late Beach

West Beach Sunset Beach Evening Beach Sleepy Beach Late Beach

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East Beach Sunrise Beach Morning Beach Wakeup Beach Early Beach

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Politics as usual The clues

Five politicians were scheduled to speak at a banquet one evening. They agreed to pick a number, from one to five, out of a hat to decide who would speak first, second and so on. Their first names were Sharon, Steven, Samuel, Susan and Sheila. Their last names were Starr, Booker, Lockley, Longley and Everett. The public offices they held were Treasurer, Minister for Trade, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Education and Prime Minister. They also agreed to draw out of a hat the amount of time they would be allowed to speak. The time limits they drew were 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes and 20 minutes. Based on the clues, match the speaking order with first and last names, the public offices held and the time limits.

1. The third speaker spoke half as long as the fifth speaker, but that was longer than Sheila was allowed to speak. 2. Steven spoke just after Minister for Trade Booker and just before Lockley. 3. Sharon did not speak for either the longest or shortest times, and she was not either the first or the last speaker. 4. Samuel, who spoke just after Sharon, was able to speak only two minutes longer than Sheila. 5. The first and second speakers were not Booker. 6. Treasurer Starr spoke for 15 minutes, and Prime Minister Everett was the only one allowed to speak longer than that. 7. The Minister for Foreign Affairs did not speak first.

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Sharon Steven Samuel Susan Sheila

Sharon Steven Samuel Susan Sheila

Starr Booker Lockley Longley Everett

Starr Booker Lockley Longley Everett

Starr Booker Lockley Longley Everett

Starr Booker Lockley Longley Everett

Starr Booker Lockley Longley Everett

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Treasurer Minister for Trade Minister for Foreign Affairs

Treasurer Minister for Trade Minister for Foreign Affairs

Treasurer Minister for Trade Minister for Foreign Affairs

Treasurer Minister for Trade Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Education

Minister for Education

Minister for Education

Minister for Education

Minister for Education

Prime Minister

Prime Minister

Prime Minister

Prime Minister

Prime Minister

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3 minutes 5 minutes 10 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes

3 minutes 5 minutes 10 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes

3 minutes 5 minutes 10 minutes 15 minutes 20 minutes

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Ferrets by the numbers

The story

The clues 1. Once a number is used under a name, it is never used again under that same name. 2. Foster was twice as old as Farley but he was not the oldest, which meant Finster must have been the one who was half Frank’s age. 3. Foster lifted twice as much as Farley, and Festus lifted more than Finster who did lift more than Frank. 4. Frank, who did not wear number 7, leaped half as far as Festus, and it was Farley who leaped less than Finster.

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Ferris Fenwick’s Flying Family of Ferrets consisted of five ferrets named Frank, Farley, Finster, Festus and Foster. They performed for audiences around the world and were capable of incredible feats of strength, agility and endurance. They could lift 5, 6, 7, 10 and 12 kilograms. They could leap 5, 6, 7, 10 and 12 metres. They could hold their breath underwater for 5, 6, 7, 10 and 12 minutes. Of course, they performed these stunts while wearing the numbers 5, 6, 7, 10 and 12. They were also 5, 6, 7, 10 and 12 years old. Based on the clues, match the ferrets with the weights they could lift, the distances they could leap, the lengths of time they could hold their breath, the numbers they wore on their backs and their ages.

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5 kilograms 6 kilograms 7 kilograms 10 kilograms 12 kilograms

5 kilograms 6 kilograms 7 kilograms 10 kilograms 12 kilograms

5 kilograms 6 kilograms 7 kilograms 10 kilograms 12 kilograms

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5 metres 6 metres 7 metres 10 metres 12 metres

5 metres 6 metres 7 metres 10 metres 12 metres

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5 minutes 6 minutes 7 minutes 10 minutes 12 minutes

5 minutes 6 minutes 7 minutes 10 minutes 12 minutes

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number 5 number 6 number 7 number 10 number 12

number 5 number 6 number 7 number 10 number 12

number 5 number 6 number 7 number 10 number 12

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5 years old 6 years old 7 years old 10 years old 12 years old

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Science experiment The clues

As his exhibit for the annual school science fair, Ferdy Fernley planted five tomato plants in a row. He labelled them one through five. Ferdy wanted to test the effectiveness of various fertilisers on tomato plant growth. He decided to use a different fertiliser for each plant and record the final plant height, the number of tomatoes each plant yielded, and the total weight of the yield to determine fertiliser effectiveness. The fertilisers used were bat guano, manure, dead carp, ground-up soup bones and compost. The final height for the plants were 10 centimetres, 20 centimetres, 40 centimetres, 50 centimetres and 70 centimetres. Each plant yielded 4, 6, 9, 12 and 21 tomatoes. Each plant produced a weight of 1 kilogram, 3 kilograms, 4 kilograms, 7 kilograms and 9 kilograms. Based on the clues, match each plant number with the fertiliser, the plant height, the number of tomatoes produced, and the total weight of each plant’s yield.

1. Plant Three was not fertilised with manure, and it produced a heavier yield than Plant Two but that was a lighter yield than the manure-fertilised plant. 2. Plant Four grew taller than Plant Three, but Plant Two grew taller than Plant Four. 3. Plants Three, Four and Five were not fertilised with either bat guano or soup bones. 4. The tallest and shortest plants did not produce either the most tomatoes or the heaviest yields. 5. The plant fertilised with the dead carp produced half as many tomatoes as Plant One, but it did produce the heaviest yield. 6. Bat guano fertilised the tallest plant but that plant produced the fewest tomatoes, and soup bones fertilised the plant that produced the lightest yield. 7. Plant One was taller than Plant Three by 10 centimetres, but it only grew half as tall as Plant Five. 8. Plant five did not produce the heaviest yield.

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bat guano manure dead carp soup bones compost

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4 tomatoes 6 tomatoes 9 tomatoes 12 tomatoes 21 tomatoes

4 tomatoes 6 tomatoes 9 tomatoes 12 tomatoes 21 tomatoes

4 tomatoes 6 tomatoes 9 tomatoes 12 tomatoes 21 tomatoes

4 tomatoes 6 tomatoes 9 tomatoes 12 tomatoes 21 tomatoes

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1 kilogram 3 kilograms 4 kilograms 7 kilograms 9 kilograms

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The big election The clues

Five candidates ran for a seat on the local water rights board. Naturally enough, one was elected and the others placed second, third, fourth and fifth. The candidate’s first names were Marvin, Melanie, Melvin, Martin and Marge. Their last names were Driver, Dooley, Dixie, Disley and Doppler. The names of the political parties they represented were the Serious Party, the Silly Party, the Whimsical Party, the Absurd Party and the Clever Party. Before running for office, the candidates were employed as a salesperson, a chef, a blacksmith, a lawyer and a cobbler. To raise money for their campaigns they all held one major fundraising event. The events were a picnic, a dinner, a cocktail party, an auction and a garage sale. The amounts raised were all different, too. They raised $100, $156, $220, $312 and $500. Each of the five newspapers in town supported a different candidate. The papers were The Times, The Sentinel, The Dispatch, The Tribune and The Tattler. Each of the newspapers used a different word to endorse their chosen candidate. The words were ‘honest’, ‘sincere’, ‘nurturing’, ‘forthright’ and ‘careful’.

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Based on the clues at the right, and using the worksheet on the opposite page, match the order of finish in the election to the candidates’ first and last names, their political parties, their occupations, the fundraising events, the money raised, their newspaper supporters, and the word each newspaper used to describe their favourite candidate.

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The salesperson was not endorsed by The Tattler. The lawyer finished just behind the blacksmith. Dooley did not hold a garage sale to raise money for the campaign. Marge was not endorsed by either The Dispatch or The Tattler and no-one ever described her as being either ‘forthright’ or ‘careful’. Marvin finished in front of Disley and Doppler, but then so did Dooley and Driver, and one of those two even finished in front of Marvin! The Clever Party’s candidate did not finish last, and in fact, finished just behind the Silly Party’s candidate. The Whimsical Party’s candidate finished just in front of the Silly Party’s candidate but did not win the election. Marge Driver finished behind Dooley and somebody else, and Melvin finished just in front of Doppler. The words ‘honest’, ‘forthright’ and ‘careful’ were used to describe the candidates who finished third, fourth and fifth, but not necessarily in that exact order. The Whimsical Party candidate was not endorsed by The Tribune. The Times and The Tribune used the words ‘sincere’ and ‘nurturing’ in their candidate endorsements. The blacksmith was not called ‘nurturing’, and Disley was not called ‘forthright’. Marvin, Melanie and Melvin did not raise money at either an auction or a garage sale. The lawyer raised twice as much money as the chef, the blacksmith raised the least money, and the salesperson raised the most money at a picnic. The Absurd Party’s candidate was not Martin, and the Absurdists did not win the election. The Whimsical Party’s dinner raised the least money and the Absurd Party’s cocktail party was only slightly more successful.

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The big election 1st place

2nd place

3rd place

4th place

5th place

Marvin Melanie Melvin Martin Marge

Marvin Melanie Melvin Martin Marge

Marvin Melanie Melvin Martin Marge

Marvin Melanie Melvin Martin Marge

Marvin Melanie Melvin Martin Marge

Driver Dooley Dixie Disley Doppler

Driver Dooley Dixie Disley Doppler

Driver Dooley Dixie Disley Doppler

Driver Dooley Dixie Disley Doppler

Serious Party Silly Party Whimsical Party Absurd Party Clever Party

Serious Party Silly Party Whimsical Party Absurd Party Clever Party

Serious Party Silly Party Whimsical Party Absurd Party Clever Party

Serious Party Silly Party Whimsical Party Absurd Party Clever Party

Serious Party Silly Party Whimsical Party Absurd Party Clever Party

salesperson chef blacksmith lawyer cobbler

salesperson chef blacksmith lawyer cobbler

salesperson chef blacksmith lawyer cobbler

salesperson chef blacksmith lawyer cobbler

salesperson chef blacksmith lawyer cobbler

picnic dinner cocktail party auction garage sale

picnic dinner cocktail party auction garage sale

picnic dinner cocktail party auction garage sale

picnic dinner cocktail party auction garage sale

picnic dinner cocktail party auction garage sale

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$100 $156 $220 $312 $500

$100 $156 $220 $312 $500

$100 $156 $220 $312 $500

The Times The Sentinel The Dispatch The Tribune The Tattler

The Times The Sentinel The Dispatch The Tribune The Tattler

The Times The Sentinel The Dispatch The Tribune The Tattler

The Times The Sentinel The Dispatch The Tribune The Tattler

The Times The Sentinel The Dispatch The Tribune The Tattler

‘honest’ ‘sincere’ ‘nurturing’ ‘forthright’ ‘careful’

‘honest’ ‘sincere’ ‘nurturing’ ‘forthright’ ‘careful’

‘honest’ ‘sincere’ ‘nurturing’ ‘forthright’ ‘careful’

‘honest’ ‘sincere’ ‘nurturing’ ‘forthright’ ‘careful’

‘honest’ ‘sincere’ ‘nurturing’ ‘forthright’ ‘careful’

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Farmyard hijinks

The story

The clues

This puzzle is slightly different from the other puzzles because in the section below concerning jumps, two answers are required. This means that you must not cross off any answers vertically until you have circled two answers. You still cross off horizontally in the ordinary way. We call these puzzles ‘Twofers’.

1. When the two jumps were added up, two animals tied for first with totals of 200 centimetres, two animals tied for second with total jumps of 130 centimetres, and the goat finished last with a total of only 110 centimetres. 2. Lily and Lester were not a cow, a pig or a horse. 3. Larry was certain of victory, but only tied for second with Lester, and finished behind the cow and the pig. 4. Lonnie was not a cow and did not make the single longest 160 centimetre foot jump. 5. The rooster’s shortest jump was 50 centimetres.

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Larry, LeRoy, Lonnie, Lily and Lester were five barnyard animals that decided to have a jumping contest. They were a cow, a pig, a goat, a horse and a rooster. They decided to each take two jumps, add the total of the two jumps, and the animal with the highest total would be declared the winner of the contest. The contest was held and two animals tied for first place, two animals tied for second place, and the goat placed a disappointing third. All of the animals jumped a different distance on each of their jumps so all ten of the jumps listed below were made. Based on the clues, match the animals with their species and their two jumps. Keep in mind the fact that each animal took two jumps so you cannot cross off vertically until you know two answers in a column. However, you may cross off horizontally when you know any one answer.

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cow pig goat horse rooster

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Racing colours

The story

The clues

This puzzle is a ‘Twofer’. Do not cross off vertically in the ten-item column until you know two answers in any single column. You still cross off horizontally as each colour is still used only once.

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Five army officers, named Briggs, Bliss, Bristow, Brighton and Brindle, were all different ranks. They were a general, a colonel, a major, a captain and a lieutenant. They all owned racing stables. The racing colours for each officer were a combination of two colours. No officers shared the same two colours in any way. Based on the clues, match the officers’ names with their rank and the two individual colours of their racing stables. Remember, when you are working on the colours you cannot cross off vertically until you have identified two answers in a vertical column. However, you still must cross off horizontally in order to eliminate possibilities.

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As shown, general is the highest rank, colonel the next highest, and so on down the column. 2. Bliss was higher in rank than Brighton, the major and Briggs, but he was not the general. 3. Briggs was of higher rank than Brighton. 4. Brindle was not the highest rank, and neither of his colours started with the letter ‘b’. 5. The general, captain and lieutenant all had one colour that started with the letter ‘b’. 6. Neither the colonel nor the captain had any black, brown, pink or orange in their colours. 7. Brighton had no black, green or yellow in his racing colours. 8. The major’s colours did not include either pink or orange. 9. Bristow had no green, yellow or pink in his racing colours. 10. Neither the colonel nor the major had a yellow racing colour. 11. Brindle did not have any white or green in his racing colours.

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Football uniforms

The story

The clues

This puzzle is a ‘Twofer’. Do not cross off vertically in the numbers column until you know two answers in any single column. You still cross off horizontally as each number is still used only once.

1. The first number in the player’s two-digit number is always larger than the second. 2. Zeke did not wear an orange uniform. 3. Bubba’s second number was not 0. 4. When you have finished figuring out the numbers, you will see that the player in pink was wearing the lowest two-digit number and the player in yellow was wearing the highest two-digit number. 5. Both of Sherm’s numbers were multiples of three. 6. Zeke’s two numbers only added up to 4, but this was also true of Bubba’s two numbers! 7. Darren did not wear an orange or violet uniform. 8. Mike’s two numbers added up to 9.

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Five football players, named Zeke, Mike, Bubba, Sherm and Darren, were issued their club uniforms. Since they were on different teams the colours were all different. The colours were green, yellow, orange, violet and pink. The numbers the players wore were also all different. They all were assigned two-digit numbers, and they used up all the numbers from 0 to 9 without using a number twice. All of the numbers had one thing in common—the fact that the first number was always larger than the second number. Based on the clues, match the football players with their colours and their two-digit numbers. In the space below each column, list the correct two-digit number for each player.

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Car buying fever The clues

On East Wistful Vista Street there were only five houses on the block. They were numbered 102, 104, 106, 108 and 110. The owners of the houses were named Al, Ann, Arty, Alice and Arnold, and their last names were Ng, Pit, Bush, Tomas and Bitler. One day, one of them got tired of their old wreck and went out and bought a new car. Seeing the new car sitting in the driveway caused another person to go out and purchase a new car. Soon another got the idea, and before long all five had new cars. They all bought different cars. The cars purchased were a Laser Beam, a Light Source, a Zoomlet, a Mighty Fast and a Funrun. Based on the clues, match the order of purchase to the house address, the first and last names and the names of the new cars.

1. The people living at either end of the block did not buy their cars first or last. 2. No person’s first name had the same number of letters as their last names. 3. Al bought his car after Tomas and Bitler, or was it Bitler and Tomas, but before either Ann or Bush bought their cars. 4. Arnold Bush did not buy his car, a Funrun, last. 5. The first buyer was not Arty, and whoever it was did not live at either 104 or 106 East Wistful Vista. 6. The second and third car buyers bought either the Light Source or the Mighty Fast, and they also lived the farthest apart. It was the fourth car buyer who lived in the middle of the block. 7. Pit did not live in the last house on the block, and he could not afford the Light Source. 8. Bitler did not buy the Laser Beam.

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Al Ann Arty Alice Arnold

Al Ann Arty Alice Arnold

Al Ann Arty Alice Arnold

Al Ann Arty Alice Arnold

Al Ann Arty Alice Arnold

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Ng Pit Bush Tomas Bitler

Ng Pit Bush Tomas Bitler

Ng Pit Bush Tomas Bitler

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Laser Beam Light Source Zoomlet Mighty Fast Funrun

Laser Beam Light Source Zoomlet Mighty Fast Funrun

Laser Beam Light Source Zoomlet Mighty Fast Funrun

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For the birds

The story

The clues 1. Paul landed just before Polly but just after the sparrow who was flying to Belgium. 2. Peter landed just after Pamela and rested twice as long as she did. 3. Pamela rested twice as long as Polly. 4. Patrick, the crow, was not the first to land. 5. Polly landed just before Patrick. 6. The pigeon rested 7 minutes before flying on to the Netherlands. 7. The magpie landed after the pigeon. 8. The blue jay was not going to either Luxembourg or Denmark. 9. The bird who took the shortest rest was going to Denmark.

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Polly Peter Patrick Pamela Paul

Polly Peter Patrick Pamela Paul

Polly Peter Patrick Pamela Paul

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blue jay pigeon crow magpie sparrow

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France Belgium Luxembourg Netherlands Denmark

France Belgium Luxembourg Netherlands Denmark

France Belgium Luxembourg Netherlands Denmark

France Belgium Luxembourg Netherlands Denmark

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5 minutes 6 minutes 7 minutes 12 minutes 24 minutes

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Five different kinds of birds landed, one after another, on a barn roof. Their names were Polly, Peter, Patrick, Pamela and Paul. They were all different species; they were a blue jay, a pigeon, a crow, a magpie and a sparrow. They all stopped to rest on the roof before flying off to their final destinations. They were flying to France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Denmark. They all rested different amounts of time before flying away. They rested for 5 minutes, 6 minutes, 7 minutes, 12 minutes and 24 minutes. Based on the clues, match the order of landing of the birds with their names, their species, their destinations and their resting times.

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Chasing tourists The clues

Five environmentally committed married couples decided to go on a safari together to view wild creatures in their natural habitat. One exciting day they decided to split up into five groups to view the animals, and they also decided that no husbands and wives would go out together that day. All 10 people, in groups of two, were chased by warthogs, baboons, hyenas, lions and jackals. The married couples were Bart and Sybil, Ricky and Leah, Arthur and Edith, Ralph and Alicia, and Oscar and Harriet. Their guides were Bo, Leo, Manley, Sam and Curtis. The guides all yelled something to the people as the animals started to chase them. They yelled ‘Yikes’, ‘Jeepers’, ‘Don’t worry’, ‘Chill out’ and ‘Run faster’. Based on the clues, match the animals with the names of the people they chased, their guides and what the guides yelled.

1. No husbands were chased with their wives, and the hyenas, lions and jackals did not chase Bart, Ricky, Sybil or Leah. 2. Sybil’s guide was Manley, who yelled ‘Yikes’ when the baboons chased them. 3. Arthur was chased with Harriet, Ralph was chased with Edith, while Oscar was chased by lions. 4. Arthur’s guide Leo was a bit optimistic when he yelled ‘Don’t worry’. 5. Ralph’s guide yelled ‘Run faster’, and it was not either Sam or Curtis. 6. Edith was not chased by jackals, Leah’s guide was not Curtis, and Alicia’s guide did not yell ‘Jeepers’.

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‘Yikes’ ‘Jeepers’ ‘Don’t worry’ ‘Chill out’ ‘Run faster’

‘Yikes’ ‘Jeepers’ ‘Don’t worry’ ‘Chill out’ ‘Run faster’

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Which is witch? The clues

At a recent convention, five witches were standing in line at a reception desk at a hotel waiting to check in. Their names were Samantha, Tabitha, Glenda, Matilda and Helga. In a shocking misuse of their powers they decided to amuse themselves by taking turns changing various hotel personnel into different animals. The unfortunate victims were the doorman, a porter, the receptionist, a maid and the house detective, whose names were Knute, Clive, Cissie, Carson and Carl. They were changed into a newt, a weasel, a lemming, an otter and a beaver. Based on the clues, match the place in line with the names of the witches, the jobs of their victims, the names of their victims and the animals they were changed into.

1. Tabitha poked Glenda in the back with her broom, which caused Glenda to smash Samantha in the back with her cauldron, thus causing Samantha to stumble forward and poke Helga in the back with her magic wand. 2. Samantha was not fourth in line, and Helga was not first in line. 3. Clive, the doorman, was changed into an otter just after Carson, the house detective, was changed into a beaver. 4. Cissie, the maid, was changed into a weasel just before Carl, the porter, was changed into a lemming. 5. Matilda did not change anyone into a weasel, but Tabitha changed Knute into a newt.

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Samantha Tabitha Glenda Matilda Helga

Samantha Tabitha Glenda Matilda Helga

Samantha Tabitha Glenda Matilda Helga

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doorman porter receptionist maid detective

doorman porter receptionist maid detective

Knute Clive Cissie Carson Carl

Knute Clive Cissie Carson Carl

Knute Clive Cissie Carson Carl

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Marriage muddle The clues

The Justice of the Peace at the Vow or Never Wedding Chapel prided himself on the speed and efficiency of his quickie marriage ceremonies. One hectic Valentine’s Day, the good man was faced with an unprecedented demand for his services and he decided to marry five couples in five minutes. Alas, in his haste, he managed to botch the job and married all five of the lovely brides to the wrong grooms. The brides were named June, Julia, Jacqui, Jennie and Joan, and their last names were Oldham, Newport, Borrown, Bleu and Booker. The grooms were named Jack, James, Jerry, Joe and Jasper, and their last names were Shaker, Quivem, Nervine, McAnxie and Parspire. Believing in fate, all of the mistaken newlyweds decided to accept their new mates and make the best of the unexpected arrangements. Based on the clues, figure out the order of the marriages and who mistakenly married who.

1. Julia married Joe instead of Mr Nervine, June married James instead of Mr Parspire, Jacqui married Jasper instead of Mr Shaker, and Jennie married Jerry instead of Mr McAnxie. 2. The last two ladies to marry, in no particular order, were June and Joan, whose last names were either Oldham or Booker. The last two men to marry, in no particular order, were Jack and James, whose last names were either Nervine or Parspire. 3. Jennie was married to Jerry just before Joan was married, and right after Julia became the new Mrs Quivem by marrying Joe. 4. Miss Newport was married before Miss Bleu, but Miss Borrown was married before Miss Newport. 5. Miss Oldham was not married last.

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June Julia Jacqui Jennie Joan

June Julia Jacqui Jennie Joan

June Julia Jacqui Jennie Joan

June Julia Jacqui Jennie Joan

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Oldham Newport Borrown Bleu Booker

Oldham Newport Borrown Bleu Booker

Oldham Newport Borrown Bleu Booker

Oldham Newport Borrown Bleu Booker

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Jack James Jerry Joe Jasper

Jack James Jerry Joe Jasper

Jack James Jerry Joe Jasper

Shaker Quivem Nervine McAnxie Parspire

Shaker Quivem Nervine McAnxie Parspire

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Picnic fun The clues

The Streeter Corporation held its Christmas picnic for its employees and a grand time was had by all. Five employees, whose first names were Boris, Baxter, Binnie, Bertha and Berniece, and whose last names were Snider, Smedley, Stotter, Snelling and Spelling, won the five traditional picnic contests. The contests were the pie-eating contest, the water balloon throw, the beanbag toss, the sack race and the three-legged race. The prizes awarded for the various contests were a football, a basketball, a tennis ball, a hockey ball and a rugby ball. The winning contestants also all won a company sweatshirt, but each sweatshirt was a different colour. They were red, yellow, green, grey and white. Based on the clues, match the first names with their last names, their winning contest, their prizes and the colour of their sweatshirts.

1. Binnie’s first colour choice for her sweatshirt was red but that went to Stotter. Next, she wanted green but that went to Snider. Finally, she wanted yellow but Smedley got that! 2. Berniece, who was not Spelling, received the white sweatshirt. 3. It was Spelling and Snelling, but maybe not in that order, who won the pie-eating contest and the sack race, and received the basketball and rugby ball as prizes. 4. Baxter was not Snider, and Bertha was not either Snider or Smedley. 5. Binnie did not win any races, but Boris won a race. 6. Smedley did not enter the water balloon contest, and his prize was not round. 7. Berniece did not win a rugby ball, and Bertha did not win a hockey ball.

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pie-eating water balloon beanbag sack race 3-legged race

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Anchors aweigh The clues

Five friends joined the navy. Their first names were Frank, Farah, Phillip, Fannie and Fern. Their last names were Saltine, Salzburg, Saltpeter, Salty and Salton. They all were assigned to different types of vessels; they were sent to serve on a battleship, a destroyer, a cruiser, an aircraft carrier and a submarine. On their first voyages they travelled to Bermuda, Haiti, Albania, Libya and Crete. None of the voyages were of the same duration. They were gone 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 14 weeks. Based on the clues, match the sailors with their last names, their ships, the country they travelled to and the number of weeks at sea.

1. Frank, Salzburg, Phillip and Saltpeter did not serve on a destroyer. 2. Farah’s voyage lasted half as long as Frank’s voyage, while Fannie’s voyage lasted twice as long as Fern’s voyage and, by the way, Fern did not go on the shortest voyage. 3. The battleship went to Haiti, the submarine went to Libya, and the cruiser went to Bermuda. 4. Farah and Fannie did not serve on a destroyer. 5. The shortest voyage was made by the battleship, and the longest voyage was made by the submarine. 6. Farah was envious of Salzburg, who was able to see Bermuda. 7. Frank was envious of Salton because Frank had always wanted to visit Crete. 8. Phillip’s last name was not Saltine.

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Saltine Salzburg Saltpeter Salty Salton

Saltine Salzburg Saltpeter Salty Salton

Saltine Salzburg Saltpeter Salty Salton

Saltine Salzburg Saltpeter Salty Salton

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battleship destroyer cruiser carrier submarine

battleship destroyer cruiser carrier submarine

battleship destroyer cruiser carrier submarine

battleship destroyer cruiser carrier submarine

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Bermuda Haiti Albania Libya Crete

Bermuda Haiti Albania Libya Crete

Bermuda Haiti Albania Libya Crete

Bermuda Haiti Albania Libya Crete

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Colourful fun The clues

Five children, named Mike, Maggie, Mark, Mildred, and Mabel, went for a bike ride. They all wore different coloured shirts which were white, black, brown, purple and green. Oddly, they all wore shorts that were white, black, brown, purple and green. Even more oddly, they all rode bicycles that were white, black, brown, purple and green. Based on the clues, match the children with the colours of their shirts, their shorts and their bicycles.

1. None of the children wore any colour more than once, and none of the children rode a bike that was the same colour as anything they were wearing. 2. Mildred and Mabel’s shirts were either white or black, but maybe not in that order, and their bicycles were either purple or green, but maybe not in that order either. 3. Mark’s shorts were not white, but they were the same colour as Mildred’s shirt. 4. Maggie and Mark’s shirts matched the colours of Mildred and Mabel’s bike colours. 5. Mark did not wear a purple shirt, and Mabel’s shorts were not either brown or purple. 6. Mildred’s shorts were not purple or brown, and Maggie’s bike was not white.

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Mark

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white shirt black shirt brown shirt purple shirt green shirt

white shirt black shirt brown shirt purple shirt green shirt

white shorts black shorts brown shorts purple shorts green shorts

white shorts black shorts brown shorts purple shorts green shorts

white shorts black shorts brown shorts purple shorts green shorts

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white bike black bike brown bike purple bike green bike

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The top five The clues

The top five television shows for the week, excluding weekends, aired on a different day of the week, Monday through Friday. The shows also appeared on five different television channels and each starred a different actor or actress. The channels were 13, 22, 18, 5 and 36. The shows were: (1) Bard line, which was a no holds barred look at the private life of poets; (2) Card copy, which was a no holds barred look at people addicted to bridge; (3) Marred edition, which was a no holds barred look at bad typists; (4) Lard alert, which was a no holds barred look at fast food ‘cuisine’; and (5) Yard story, which was a no holds barred look at lawn and garden pests. The first names of the stars of these top-rated shows were Brad, Bruce, Bill, Bonnie and Berniece. Based on the clues, match the days of the week with the ratings place among the top five shows, their television channels, the names of the shows and the stars.

1. The first place show starred Bruce and aired later in the week than either Marred edition or Lard alert, and the shows that starred Bonnie and Berniece were aired after Wednesday. 2. The third place show was aired the day after the first place show, the second place show was aired two days before the first place show, and the fifth place show was aired later in the week than the fourth place show. 3. Channel 18’s Marred edition starred Brad and was aired the day after Lard alert was aired. 4. Bard line, on Channel 13, starred Berniece and was aired after Bonnie’s show on Channel 36. 5. Yard story, on Channel 5, was aired earlier in the week than Card copy.

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13 22 18 5 36

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Bard line Card copy Marred edition Lard alert Yard story

Bard line Card copy Marred edition Lard alert Yard story

Bard line Card copy Marred edition Lard alert Yard story

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Sports stars The clues

Five high school friends named Edward, Ellie, Edith, Eleanor and Ezra, with last names of Finch, Fitzroy, Farmer, Fergus and Finley, were high school stars in five different sports. The sports were hockey, football, basketball, lacrosse and swimming. Each sport used a different coloured uniform or swimsuit. The colours were yellow, gold, red, green and purple. The coaches for the five different sports were named Smedley, Buckley, Padley, Stockley and Grealey. Each of the five sports stars wore the same number on their uniforms or swim suits for all four years. The numbers were 8, 10, 16, 20 and 73. Based on the clues, match the sports stars with their last names, their sports, the colour of their outfits, their coaches and the numbers they always wore.

1. Farmer’s number, on his green hockey jersey, was twice as large as Fitzroy’s number on his yellow football jersey. 2. Edith’s lacrosse number was twice as large as Fergus’s purple swimming suit number. 3. Eleanor was not named Fitzroy, Farmer or Fergus, but she wore the highest number. 4. Edward and Ellie participated in sports that did not use a ball, and Edward’s number was larger than Ellie’s number, but it was not twice as large. 5. Finley’s coach was Stockley, and Finch’s lacrosse coach was Buckley, while Padley was the swimming coach. 6. Finch did not wear red and Smedley did not coach football.

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Finch Fitzroy Farmer Fergus Finley

Finch Fitzroy Farmer Fergus Finley

Finch Fitzroy Farmer Fergus Finley

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hockey football basketball lacrosse swimming

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yellow gold red green purple

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Smedley Buckley Padley Stockley Grealey

Smedley Buckley Padley Stockley Grealey

Smedley Buckley Padley Stockley Grealey

Smedley Buckley Padley Stockley Grealey

Smedley Buckley Padley Stockley Grealey

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8 10 16 20 73

8 10 16 20 73

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Five members of the Frostbite Falls Ginger Beer Drinkers Association decided, after a night of sampling their favourite beverage, to climb a mountain. Disdaining the use of ropes or any safety equipment at all, they started up the largest mountain they could find. They actually got several hundred metres up the mountain before they started falling off one by one, until all five mountain climbers lay in a heap at the base of the mountain. Their first names were Ferris, Frank, Filene, Fran and Fred, and their last names were Falstaff, Fogg, Frost, Fagan and Fisher. They were all carrying a different number of ginger beer bottles when they fell. They were carrying 8 bottles, 12 bottles, 14 bottles, 28 bottles and 32 bottles. The doctor tallied the number of broken bones each had suffered and discovered that each member of the FFGBDA had broken a different number of bones. The broken bone totals were 4 bones, 6 bones, 12 bones, 14 bones and 21 bones. Based on the clues, match the order of falling with first and last names, the number of bottles they were carrying and the number of bones broken

1. Ferris held onto the mountain longer than either Frank or Fred, but Fogg and Fagan stayed on the mountain longer than Ferris. 2. Frank was carrying half as many bottles as the person who fell first. 3. When Fran fell, she nearly knocked Filene off the mountain, and she only broke half as many bones as Falstaff broke. 4. Fisher, who fell after Falstaff and Frost, was carrying the most bottles but broke the fewest bones. 5. Frank broke the most bones, and Fagan, who fell after Fran, was carrying as many bottles as Falstaff had broken bones.

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8 bottles 12 bottles 14 bottles 28 bottles 32 bottles

8 bottles 12 bottles 14 bottles 28 bottles 32 bottles

8 bottles 12 bottles 14 bottles 28 bottles 32 bottles

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4 bones 6 bones 12 bones 14 bones 21 bones

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4 bones 6 bones 12 bones 14 bones 21 bones

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The study of sports teachers The clues

Five physical education teachers were attending a three week workshop on the proper use of a whistle. One day, on their way to hear one of the lectures, the five got trapped in a lift. Their first names were Bill, Chuck, Madge, Paula and Theo. Their last names were Weekes, Crocker, Sawyer, Joplin and Dodge. A supersecret government agency learned of their misfortune and seized the opportunity and rushed to the scene to help free the teachers. Once they got the teachers free, they hooked up the brains of the PE teachers to study the effects of claustrophobia. Hooking the brains up to sophisticated computers, the government scientists attempted to communicate with the brains but found that they could understand only one brain lobe of each teacher and no two teachers used the same lobe. The different lobes were the frontal, the temporal, the parietal, the occipital and the limbic lobes. Each lobe would only talk about one thing; they talked about rope climbing, lap running, star jumping, duck walking and horse vaulting. Based on the clues, match the PE teachers with their last names, the only lobe the PE teachers used and the only topic that each lobe would discuss.

1. Joplin’s only usable brain lobe was the parietal, and Weekes’ temporal lobe kept stressing the importance of star jumping in western civilisation. 2. The person who only used the occipital lobe talked about rope climbing, and Madge and Paula were not named either Weekes or Dodge. 3. Sawyer’s limbic lobe kept talking about horse vaulting, and Bill and Chuck were not named either Crocker or Sawyer. 4. Theo was not Weekes, and neither Bill nor Chuck used the parietal lobe. 5. Madge, Paula and Theo did not use either their frontal or temporal lobes. 6. Bill was not Weekes, and Madge and Paula were not Sawyer. 7. Madge did not use her parietal lobe, and Bill’s brain did not talk about duck walking.

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Weekes Crocker Sawyer Joplin Dodge

Weekes Crocker Sawyer Joplin Dodge

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The clues 1. Monday’s main dish will be served the day after chicken will really be served, and Tuesday’s main dish will really be served a day earlier, while Friday’s main dish will be served one day earlier. 2. The beetroot will be served after the lima beans and the refried beans, with the green beans following the beetroot, and, of course, lima beans will not be served with the meat loaf. 3. Friday’s dessert will really be served on Thursday, while Thursday’s dessert has been moved to Monday, but biscuits will still be served one day later in the week than ice-cream. 4. The drinks are a cinch because Monday and Tuesday merely traded places, and ice tea will not be served on Wednesday. 5. The lemonade will not be served on the same day as the green beans.

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ice-cream biscuits carrot cake pudding peach pie

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spaghetti meat loaf lamb chops chicken liver

spaghetti meat loaf lamb chops chicken liver

beetroot green beans lima beans pinto beans refried beans

beetroot green beans lima beans pinto beans refried beans

beetroot green beans lima beans pinto beans refried beans

beetroot green beans lima beans pinto beans refried beans

beetroot green beans lima beans pinto beans refried beans

ice-cream biscuits carrot cake pudding peach pie

ice-cream biscuits carrot cake pudding peach pie

ice-cream biscuits carrot cake pudding peach pie

ice-cream biscuits carrot cake pudding peach pie

ice-cream biscuits carrot cake pudding peach pie

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coffee milk lemonade cola ice tea

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45

School pet day The clues

The Years 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at Hillside Primary School decided to have a best of school pet contest. All of the children in each school year brought in their pets, and a best pet for each year was chosen. These five year champions then competed against each other for the title of Best Hillside Pet. The contest was held and, of course, the pets finished from first place on down through fifth place. The pets were owned by pupils named Reuben, Roland, Renee, Rita and Rosalie. Their last names were Glazer, Fowler, Eastman, Sweetland and Litton. The pets were a gerbil, a wombat, a woodchuck, a mamba and a snapping turtle. Their names were Fluffy, Max, Luke, Charger and Duke. For the contest, the pet owners put a different coloured ribbon on their pets. The colours were orange, violet, yellow, magenta and purple. The five teachers who acted as impartial judges were named Mr Mason, Mr Engles, Mrs Trotter, Ms Hill and Mrs Leary. The subjects they taught were dancing, economics, physics, sewing and astronomy. Sadly, each teacher suffered a bite to a different part of their anatomy from a different pet during the course of the judging. They were bitten on the nose, cheek, earlobe, finger and chin.

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Luke did not bite the sewing teacher. The pet that bit Ms Hill was not wearing violet and finished behind both the pet that bit Mr Engles and the pet that bit Mrs Trotter. Sweetland’s pet did not finish in first or second place. Charger, the pride of Year 7, strutted around in his magenta ribbon. Max finished behind Luke, but Luke did not win the contest. The dancing teacher was bitten on the finger by a pet that did not place as high as the pet that bit the physics teacher’s cheek. Reuben’s woodchuck finished in front of both Eastman and Litton’s pets. Ms Hill was not bitten on her earlobe or on her chin. Eastman’s turtle was named Duke and did not finish in either third or fourth place. Year 5’s pet finished just behind the Year 7’s pet, Year 3’s pet finished just in front of the Year 7’s pet but did not finish either in first or second place, and the Year 6’s pet finished just in front of the Year 4’s pet. Reuben’s pet did not bite either the dancing teacher or the physics teacher. Neither Mr Engels nor Mrs Trotter taught dancing, economics or physics. Roland Glazer’s pet finished in front of Rita Fowler’s wombat. The pet in the orange ribbon finished just in front of the pet in the purple ribbon. Mr Engels was bitten on the earlobe, but not by the mamba in the yellow ribbon. The pet in the purple ribbon finished just in front of the pet that bit Mrs Leary. Rita’s pet did better than Rosalie’s pet, but Renee’s pet finished behind Rosalie’s pet.

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Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7

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2nd place

3rd place

4th place

5th place

Reuben Roland Renee Rita Rosalie

Reuben Roland Renee Rita Rosalie

Reuben Roland Renee Rita Rosalie

Reuben Roland Renee Rita Rosalie

Reuben Roland Renee Rita Rosalie

Glazer Fowler Eastman Sweetland Litton

Glazer Fowler Eastman Sweetland Litton

Glazer Fowler Eastman Sweetland Litton

Glazer Fowler Eastman Sweetland Litton

gerbil wombat woodchuck mamba turtle

gerbil wombat woodchuck mamba turtle

gerbil wombat woodchuck mamba turtle

gerbil wombat woodchuck mamba turtle

gerbil wombat woodchuck mamba turtle

Fluffy Max Luke Charger Duke

Fluffy Max Luke Charger Duke

Fluffy Max Luke Charger Duke

Fluffy Max Luke Charger Duke

Fluffy Max Luke Charger Duke

orange violet yellow magenta purple

orange violet yellow magenta purple

orange violet yellow magenta purple

orange violet yellow magenta purple

orange violet yellow magenta purple

Mr Mason Mr Engels Mrs Trotter Ms Hill Mrs Leary

Mr Mason Mr Engels Mrs Trotter Ms Hill Mrs Leary

Mr Mason Mr Engels Mrs Trotter Ms Hill Mrs Leary

Mr Mason Mr Engels Mrs Trotter Ms Hill Mrs Leary

Mr Mason Mr Engels Mrs Trotter Ms Hill Mrs Leary

dancing economics physics sewing astronomy

dancing economics physics sewing astronomy

dancing economics physics sewing astronomy

dancing economics physics sewing astronomy

dancing economics physics sewing astronomy

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nose cheek earlobe finger chin

nose cheek earlobe finger chin

nose cheek earlobe finger chin

nose cheek earlobe finger chin

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Travelling fun The clues

After winning the lottery, Max and Maxine Maxwell decided to spend some of their money taking trips to various locations around the globe. In the first year of their prosperity they took five trips. The trips were to Somalia, Haiti, Mongolia, Uganda and Estonia. On each trip, one event marred their enjoyment of the place visited. They got lost, sprained an ankle, lost their camera, were bitten by ants and were annoyed by taxi drivers. Despite being rich, they took careful note of their expenses and spent differing amounts for each trip. They spent $10 000, $15 000, $20 000, $30 000 and $33 000 dollars. At each location they hired one tour guide. Their names were Raoul, Mubuto, Magda, Riswan and Sancho. Based on the clues, match the trip number with the country visited, the unhappy experience, the cost and the name of the tour guide.

1. The Maxwells paid twice as much to lose their camera in Estonia as it cost to be annoyed by taxi drivers in Uganda, and it cost half as much to get lost in Mongolia as it cost to sprain an ankle in Haiti. 2. The most expensive trip was taken just before the least expensive trip, but after the second most costly trip, the third most expensive trip, and the fourth trip in terms of cost. 3. The second trip cost twice as much as the first trip, and the third trip cost twice as much as the fifth trip. 4. Their last trip was not to Mongolia, and the first and second trips were not to Estonia. 5. Mubuto was their guide just after Magda, Sancho was their guide just before Raoul, while Riswan was their guide just after Mubuto but, of course, just before Sancho.

Somalia Haiti Mongolia Uganda Estonia

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Raoul Mubuto Magda Riswan Sancho

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4th trip

5th trip

Somalia Haiti Mongolia Uganda Estonia

Somalia Haiti Mongolia Uganda Estonia

Somalia Haiti Mongolia Uganda Estonia

Somalia Haiti Mongolia Uganda Estonia

lost ankle camera ants drivers

lost ankle camera ants drivers

lost ankle camera ants drivers

lost ankle camera ants drivers

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$10 000 $15 000 $20 000 $30 000 $33 000

$10 000 $15 000 $20 000 $30 000 $33 000

$10 000 $15 000 $20 000 $30 000 $33 000

Raoul Mubuto Magda Riswan Sancho

Raoul Mubuto Magda Riswan Sancho

Raoul Mubuto Magda Riswan Sancho

Raoul Mubuto Magda Riswan Sancho

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9. Holiday fun

Ben

Bob

Bel

Bonnie

Brenda

Bertram

Vincent

Borka

Peter

Fred

large pepperoni 3rd

medium onion 2nd

small ham 5th

gigantic mushroom 1st

extra large plain 4th

Pratt 4th sleeping all day no suntan

Kane 5th living forever friends a pain

Luther 1st flying

Knight 3rd biting people changing to bat

Locke 2nd nice teeth boring food

2. Special confusion

10. Summer box office bonanza r o e t s Bo r e p ok u S

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

chicken tea pudding

meat loaf cola ice-cream

perch lemonade apple pie

roast beef coffee cherry pie

ham milk peach pie

3. Five-car collision 1st car

2nd car

3rd car

4th car

5th car

Alice sports car green biscuits

Art convertible pink chips

Ann mini-van yellow sandwich

Angela station wagon gold crisps

Al sedan purple tacos

4. Bus business 1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Paula Potts hat box ‘Hello’

Pam Pot sandwich ‘You’re late’

Parker Potter umbrella ‘Nice bus’

Pete Pott books ‘Hi’

Patrice Potsman toy boat ‘Greetings’

1 June

5 June

10 June

20 June

21 June

Dratman

Whyit Burp 125 million Mollie terrier

Blister act 200 million Moe beagle

Geriatric Park 50 million Myron doberman

Top gum

75 million Maggie collie

11. Fowl beauty contest Daphne

Gale

Clarise

Tessie

Ginnie

turkey honk green 500 votes

chicken shriek orange 100 votes

duck gobble red 200 votes

guineafowl quack pink 150 votes

goose cackle yellow 300 votes

12. Announcing the winner

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Henry

Eggbert

Kaypon

3rd Stewart beetles hawks

2nd Fryer ants axes

5th Fowler grubs foxes

1st Cooper worms grills

4th Winger spiders soup

6. Grocery store follies Jill

Jan

Joe

Jon

3rd apple white lamb

5th grape French pork

2nd grapefruit wheat beef

1st orange rye goat

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4th tomato wholemeal veal

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Table 2

Table 3

Jenni vegetable garlic chicken

Joan mushroom ranch sardine

James chowder Italian turkey

2nd place

3rd place

4th place

5th place

15 yellow Harry Avery

10 green Bob Campbell

60 red Mel Brighton

20 blue Jack Barrett

40 pink Roy Evans

13. Mixed pairs 1st place

2nd place

3rd place

4th place

5th place

Tony Tessi Dolen Potter Nepal

Tim Tina Dole Puley France

Tom Tammi Dooley Pit Canada

Thor Tula Cox Plumley Tibet

Tex Terri Donovan Pots Peru

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Jack Jerry tomato onion French thousand island liverwurst salami

8. Fowllow travellers 1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Phil mallard Clear Lake Mexico

Floyd pintail Fish Lake Brazil

Fred wood duck Blue Lake Colombia

Ferris swan Rice Lake Canada

Frank goose Mud Lake Panama

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Tuesday

Betty bowling chicken handshake

Bernice movie steak hug

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Bertrum skating flounder smile

Bill surfing lobster kiss

Bea dancing veal nod

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Rob Story bad breath 6 million

Ron Royden snoring 1 million

Ray Ratcliff laugh 12 million

Roy Miller boredom 9 million

Rex Holden shopping 3 million

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Answers 16. Hiram’s hot dogs

24. Heartbreak beach

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Diana sauerkraut

Dewey onions

Delilah pickles

Dexter mustard

corn chips milk

BBQ chips lemonade

David tomato sauce plain chips ice tea

vinegar chips cola

cheese chips orange juice

17. Frog bowl of champions 1st place

2nd place

3rd place

Ken Spot mosquitoes ‘Gumph’

Kate Pug moths ‘Snork’

Killian Bugsy gnats ‘Croak’

fish sandwich pickled beetroot milk ice-cream

2nd

3rd

Mary goip ‘Yikess!’ leg

Mark bloup ‘Ooooops!’ finger

5th place

Kirby Bugeye beetles ‘Hoppy’

Kiesha Duchess flies ‘Ribbit’

Bridget Fairlady first fuel pump

Thursday

Friday

Wakeup Beach Sleepy Beach

Morning Beach Sunset Beach

East Beach Evening Beach

4th

5th

Mike sproing ‘Mamaaaa!’ arm

Mildred bloing ‘Noooooo!’ nose

Early Beach Late Beach

Speaker 1

Speaker 2

Speaker 3

Speaker 4

Speaker 5

Sheila Longley Minister for Education 3 minutes

Sharon Starr Treasurer

Samuel Booker Minister for Trade 5 minutes

Steven Everett Prime Minister 20 minutes

Susan Lockley Minister for Foreign Affairs 10 minutes

15 minutes

26. Ferrets by the numbers Friday

Frank

Farley

Finster

Festus

Foster

pizza green peas orange juice cake

hot dog mashed potato apple juice biscuits

cheeseburger green beans lemonade

meat loaf fries

5 kilograms 6 metres 7 minutes number 10 12 years old

6 kilograms 7 metres 10 minutes number 12 5 years old

7 kilograms 10 metres 12 minutes number 5 6 years old

10 kilograms 12 metres 5 minutes number 6 7 years old

12 kilograms 5 metres 6 minutes number 7 10 years old

Isadore

Plant one

Plant two

Plant three

Plant four

Plant five

1st born dancing black eyes doctor

soup bones 20 cm 12 tomatoes 1 Kg

bat guano 70 cm 4 tomatoes 3 Kg

compost 10 cm 9 tomatoes 4 Kg

dead carp 50 cm 6 tomatoes 9 Kg

manure 40 cm 21 tomatoes 7 Kg

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Bea Falcon fourth loose wire

22. Marriage travel

cranberry juice peach cobbler apple pie

Inga

Irma

2nd born ice-skating brown eyes politician

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Wednesday

Sunrise Beach West Beach

Thursday

5th born painting green eyes farmer

21. Road rally

Jane’s schedule Monday Tuesday

Wednesday

Inez

3rd born juggling blue eyes teacher

Early Beach Sunset Beach

Tuesday

20. Charming children Ira

Friday

East Beach West Beach

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Thursday

Sunrise Beach Evening Beach

Wakeup Beach Sleepy Beach

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Wednesday

Morning Beach Late Beach

Byron

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Bernard Bonnie Kingswood fifth fanbelt

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Moe Maggie Kenya camera

Max Mona Tibet missed bus

Melvin Mae Somalia sunglasses

Marvin Mildred Turkey lost luggage

Mike Mary Japan sunburnt

23. Monkey power 1st monkey 2nd monkey 3rd monkey 4th monkey

5th monkey

Ginger scratching warthog 4 tosses

Goldie sleeping hyena 1 toss

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1st place

2nd place

3rd place

4th place

5th place

Martin Dooley Serious cobbler auction $220 Tribune ‘nurturing’

Marvin Dixie Whimsical blacksmith dinner $100 Times ‘sincere’

Marge Driver Silly lawyer garage sale $312 Sentinel ‘honest’

Melvin Disley Clever salesperson picnic $500 Dispatch ‘careful’

Melanie Doppler Absurd chef cocktail party $156 Tattler ‘forthright’

Larry

LeRoy

Lonnie

Lily

Lester

horse 20 cm 110 cm

cow 40 cm 160 cm

pig 60 cm 140 cm

goat 10 cm 100 cm

rooster 50 cm 80 cm

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Jeff’s schedule Monday Tuesday

Roscoe screeching hippo 2 tosses

30. Racing colours Briggs

Bliss

Bristow

Brighton

Brindle

captain blue yellow

colonel white green

general black orange

lieutenant brown pink

major purple red

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31. Football uniforms Zeke

Mike

Bubba

Sherm

Darren

Mike

violet 0 4 (40)

orange 2 7 (72)

pink 1 3 (31)

yellow 6 9 (96)

green 5 8 (85)

brown shirt purple shirt green shirt purple shorts brown shorts black shorts white bike black bike brown bike

32. Car buying fever

Monday

Friday

3rd place 36 Card copy

5th place 13 Bard line

Bruce

Bonnie

Berniece

Edward

Ellie

Edith

Eleanor

Ezra

Farmer hockey green Smedley 16

Fergus swimming purple Padley 10

Finch lacrosse gold Buckley 20

Finley basketball red Stockley 73

Fitzroy football yellow Grealey 8

110 Arty Tomas Light Source

102 Al Pit Mighty Fast

106 Arnold Bush Funrun

104 Ann Ng Laser Beam

5th to land

Patrick crow Denmark 5 minutes

Teac he r Peter sparrow Belgium 24 minutes

Wednesday

Paul pigeon Netherlands 7 minutes

Polly magpie Luxembourg 6 minutes

34. Chasing tourists Warthogs

Baboons

Hyenas

Lions

Jackals

Bart Leah Sam ‘Jeepers’

Ricky Sybil Manley ‘Yikes’

Ralph Edith Bo ‘Run faster’

Oscar Alicia Curtis ‘Chill out’

Arthur Harriet Leo ‘Don’t worry’

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2nd place 22 Lard alert Bill

Pamela blue jay France 12 minutes

Tuesday

r o e t s Bo r e p ok 41. Sports stars u S Buyer 5

4th to land

black shirt white shirt white shorts green shorts green bike purple bike

Thursday

Buyer 4

3rd to land

Mabel

1st place 5 Yard story

Buyer 3

2nd to land

Mildred

4th place 18 Marred edition Brad

Buyer 2

1st to land

Mark

40. The top five

Buyer 1

33. For the birds

Maggie

1st to fall

2nd to fall

3rd to fall

4th to fall

5th to fall

Fred Falstaff 28 bottles 12 bones

Frank Frost 14 bottles 21 bones

Ferris Fisher 32 bottles 4 bones

Fran Fogg 8 bottles 6 bones

Filene Fagan 12 bottles 14 bones

Bill

Chuck

Madge

Paula

Theo

Dodge frontal lap running

Weekes Crocker temporal occipital star jumping rope climbing

Joplin parietal duck walking

Sawyer limbic horse vaulting

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2nd place

3rd place

4th place

5th place

Matilda detective Carson beaver

Helga doorman Clive otter

Samantha maid Cissie weasel

Glenda porter Carl lemming

Tabitha receptionist Knute newt

36. Marriage muddle

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2nd couple

3rd couple

4th couple

5th couple

Jacqui Borrown Jasper McAnxie

Julie Newport Joe Quivem

Jennie Bleu Jerry Shaker

Joan Oldham Jack Parspire

June Booker James Nervine

Bertha

Berniece

Stotter water balloon tennis ball red shirt

Snelling sack race

37. Picnic fun

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Monday

Tuesday

meat loaf refried beans pudding milk

chicken lima beans ice-cream coffee

Wednesday Thursday

Friday

spaghetti beetroot biscuits cola

lamb chops pinto beans carrot cake lemonade

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Boris

Baxter

Snider 3-legged race hockey ball green shirt

Smedley beanbag

Spelling pie-eating

football yellow shirt

rugby ball grey shirt

basketball white shirt

38. Anchors aweigh Frank

Farah

Phillip

Fannie

Fern

Saltine carrier Albania 4 weeks

Saltpeter battleship Haiti 2 weeks

Salty submarine Libya 14 weeks

Salzburg cruiser Bermuda 12 weeks

Salton destroyer Crete 6 weeks

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liver green beans peach pie ice tea

45. School pet day 1st place

2nd place

3rd place

4th place

5th place

Year 6 Roland Glazer mamba Fluffy yellow Mrs Trotter sewing chin

Year 4 Rita Fowler wombat Luke orange Mr Engels astronomy ear lobe

Year 3 Reuben Sweetland woodchuck Max purple Ms Hill economics nose

Year 7 Rosalie Litton gerbil Charger magenta Mrs Leary physics cheek

Year 5 Renee Eastman turtle Duke violet Mr Mason dancing finger

46. Travelling fun 1st trip

2nd trip

3rd trip

4th trip

5th trip

Mongolia lost $15 000 Magda

Haiti ankle $30 000 Mubuto

Estonia camera $20 000 Riswan

Somalia ants $33 000 Sancho

Uganda taxi driver $10 000 Raoul

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Perplexors: Ages 14+  

This five book series of blackline master logic puzzles requires enquiring minds to use the process of elimination to find answers. Buy now...

Perplexors: Ages 14+  

This five book series of blackline master logic puzzles requires enquiring minds to use the process of elimination to find answers. Buy now...