Gossip: I've Got a
There is a saying that Gossip is the most
powerful force in the Universe second to Gravity. And some say Gossip
travels at the speed of Light!
Miss Fox is the only single dance teacher left on
the Staff at the QQSS Creatures Meet Dance Studio.
One evening Miss Fox arrived at the QQSS Dance
Studio with an exciting secret – she was engaged to a gentleman she
had met in one of her dance classes!! Shortly before she began
her private lesson at 6 pm she shared her secret with her two closest
friends on the staff - Ben and the Night Club teacher.
They just happened to be at the studio early that
evening for lessons of their own. Now three people were in on the
When her private lesson was over at 6:45 pm, Miss
Fox told her student she would be back later for Practice Night at 9
pm if he wanted to get in some extra well-needed dance practice. Then
she left the building to meet her fiancé for dinner.
Unbeknownst to Miss Fox, as the other QQSS
teachers began to stroll in for their 7 pm classes, Ben and the Night
Club teacher turned around and each whispered the Secret to two other
instructors. Now 7 people were in on the Secret!!
Then during Break, each of the four instructors
who had heard “The Secret” shortly before classes started at 7 pm
turned around and whispered the secret to yet two more instructors.
With that, the entire teaching staff for the
evening – 14 fellow teachers (who it turns out were all married to one
another) – was in on the good news about Miss Fox.
This meant that now 15 different people at QQSS were in on the Secret.
Figuring it was common knowledge at this point,
during the second hour of dance class, the 14 Instructors told all
their students. Now EVERYBODY was in on the secret.
When Miss Fox returned for Practice Night at 9 pm
with her fiancé at her side, she was astonished to discover the Whole
World knew of her once closely guarded secret. As they say, the Cat
was definitely out of the Bag!!
Incredulous, her fiancé turned to Miss Fox and
said, “I thought you had said at dinner you had only told 2 people?”
Miss Fox was too shocked to even reply.
Isn’t it amazing how fast word gets around?
From the following clues, can you determine the
full names of each of the 15 teachers, the subject taught by each
teacher, and who told whom of Miss Fox’s engagement?
- Each person who shared the secret told one
man and one woman, though no one told his or her spouse directly nor
another member of his or her own Department.
- Although no Department is all male or all
female, it turns out that no one is in the same Department as his or
- MG, who heard the secret from a woman, told
Mr. Deer and the Tango teacher.
- Ann and one of the Romance Department
teachers heard the secret from the same person.
- The Twostep teacher, who heard the secret
from Linda, told Brian and the Merengue teacher.
- Martin, Mr. Penguin, and Tracy are all
members of the same Department.
- Daryl teaches Western Swing.
- Rick’s wife told Mr. Bear.
- Amanda, who heard the secret from a man,
told Mrs. Cat and the Waltz teacher.
- Ann’s husband teaches Foxtrot.
- Mrs. Deer teaches Slow Dance.
- Sharon told Mrs. Raccoon.
- Rick is the only man in the Swing
- Anita is the youngest of the 15 teachers.
- Mr. Rabbit teaches Salsa.
- The Polka teacher’s husband teaches Cha
- Mr. Alligator, who heard the secret from
one of the Latin teachers, told Mrs. Bear and the Whip teacher.
- Maureen teaches Lindy.
- Jack and Rachel are married.
- There are five Dance Departments at QQSS
with three subjects each:
Swing: Lindy, Jitterbug, Whip.
Ballroom: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot.
Western: Polka, Western Swing, Twostep.
Latin: Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue.
Romance: Rumba, Slow Dance, Night Club.
The Gossip Logic Puzzle is
particularly difficult. I am not ashamed to admit it
took me a couple hours plus. Although I am no Mensa candidate, I ain't that stoopid either. It was a
If you don't mind a
word of caution, for some reason I found this puzzle lends
itself to making conclusions that seem likely, but don't turn
out correctly. This results in a lot of backtracking. I had to
start over a couple times because I was moving too fast. Take
Send your answers to Rick Archer,