Logic Puzzle: High School
Crystal High School is the only high school in
On the eve of the recent tenth reunion of a Crystal
High School class to be held on the school premises,
the Fentons hosted a patio
party for four other couples who were also attending
the event, including the Browns.
To their surprise, the Fentons
learned each person who came to the party had the
same occupation as someone else.
In addition each also shared a hobby with someone
else, although no husband and wife shared either
occupation or hobby.
From the clues below, can you find each person's
full name (one man is Ben and one woman is Darla)
and determine their occupations and hobbies? (Among
the group are two dentists, two amateur chefs, and
two amateur golfers.)
1. During his days at Crystal High, the school bridge club
champion once dated the woman whose married surname is
Fenton, but after finishing college, he married an attorney.
One of his classmates (who is now a teacher) dated the other
three women during high school: Cherie, a woman who became
an artist, and a bridge player.
2. Two of the couples - the teacher and her husband plus
Ralph and his wife - stayed with the Handels while visiting
Greenville for the Reunion.
3. Oliver, who is not a lawyer, has often exchanged recipes
with the wife of the physician, who is not Emma; both Oliver
and the physician's wife are Greenville residents.
4. Beth, who has never lived in Greenville, has the same
occupation as Mr. Jones.
5. Martin, who married a jogger, is not the male tennis
6. The woman named Jones and Lex, who are both Greenville
residents, share both hobby and occupation. Consequently
they see each other frequently.
7. The man named Colter, who is not a Crystal High alumnus
and did not attend college, met both Anita - with whom he
has something in common - and the woman named Handel for the
first time on this occasion.
8. Neither artist attended college.
So What does Rick have to say about the Puzzle?
At first, this puzzle was so difficult,
I could not solve it.
After seven tries, I decided I
had given it my best shot. So I threw in the
towel and took a look at the answers.
Fortunately this particular puzzle was taken from a
book that explains the reasons behind the clues.
It walks you through the solution.
I immediately saw
the problem - one of the clues was so poorly written
that I never had a chance.
Sometimes Logic Puzzle creators know what they mean
when they write the clues, but there is great
ambiguity. Now that I
understood the clue correctly, I solved the puzzle
with no further problems.
For your sake, I rewrote the clue. It is still
a tough puzzle, but you should be able to handle it.
Email your answers to Rick Archer
I will list each winner in our next Newsletter.