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Logic Puzzle:  Morning Dance Classes

SSQQ has added a new daytime Ballroom dance program each morning Monday through Friday. The idea is to take a different Beginner-level Ballroom dance class each day of the week: Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Cha Cha.

Each student takes the five different dances in any order they wish as long as each student takes all five each week. To fit a busy schedule, the student could take their class at several different times: 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, or noon.

Mrs. Andrews and four of her close friends decided to give the classes a try.  However these women had so many activities, it was impossible for them to take the same class at the same time. They each took one dance per day, but not always the same class nor at the same time.  Most of the time they had to schedule the various dance classes to work around their busy schedules.

Each woman mapped out a weekly schedule whereby she assigned herself one dance per day for Monday through Friday. From the following clues, can find the full names of the five women and reconstruct their weekly dance schedules?

1. Every day of their week, one woman takes a Swing class and another woman takes a Tango class.

2. Mara does her Tango earlier in the week than Mrs. Best takes her Waltz and later in the week than Martha takes her Swing class.

3. Mrs. Cook has scheduled her weekly Tango, Cha Cha, and Foxtrot in the order given - but not on consecutive days.

4. Tara and Mrs. Essex both do their Waltz class on the same day of the week.

5. Both Laura and Mrs. Derr take their Swing class earlier in the week than Wednesday.

6. Three of the women take Cha Cha on Fridays, but none of the five take Waltz on Tuesdays.

7. Martha and Marla take their Foxtrot class on Mondays and Tuesdays, respectively.

So What does Rick have to say about the Puzzle?

This puzzle is either very difficult or else it is fairly easy!   I really enjoyed solving this puzzle because the answer was cleverly concealed in plain sight!   I kept missing the deeper meaning of a very obvious clue.  I had to admire the person who put the puzzle together as a real craftsman.  The clues fit together like a good jigsaw puzzle.

In every good logic puzzle - and this one is very good - there are a couple clues that seem random, but when put together provide a marvelous "aha" moment where the solution to the puzzle becomes very clear.

I had trouble finding the secret passage.  But once I saw the answer, I slapped myself on the head because the clue was so obvious!  

In other words, if you are alert, you may solve this puzzle quickly.
But more likely you will simply have to plod along until your mind finds the same opening I did. 

Send your answers to Rick Archer at      Good luck! 


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