Santa always leaves plans for his elves to determine the order in which the reindeer will pull his sleigh. This year, for the European leg of his journey, his elves are working to the following schedule, that will form a single line of nine reindeer:
Comet behind Rudolph, Prancer and Cupid. Blitzen behind Cupid and in front of Donder, Vixen and Dancer. Cupid in front of Comet, Blitzen and Vixen. Donder behind Vixen, Dasher and Prancer. Rudolph behind Prancer and in front of Donder, Dancer and Dasher. Vixen in front of Dancer and Comet. Dancer behind Donder, Rudolph and Blitzen. Prancer in front of Cupid, Donder and Blitzen. Dasher behind Prancer and in front of Vixen, Dancer and Blitzen. Donder behind Comet and Cupid. Cupid in front of Rudolph and Dancer. Vixen behind Rudolph, Prancer and Dasher.
Can you help the elves work out the order of the reindeer?
If we separate and label the clues, and label the bungalows #1, #2, #3, #4 from left to right we can see that:
a. Mrs Scott's bungalow is somewhere to the left of the wooden one.
b. The third one along is brick.
c. Mrs Umbrella owns a straw bungalow
d. Mr Tinsley does not live at either end.
e. Mr Tinsley lives somewhere to the right of the glass bungalow.
f. Mr Wilshaw lives in the fourth bungalow
g. The first bungalow is not made from straw.
By (g) #1 isn't made from straw, and by (b) nor is #3. By (f) Mr Wilshaw lives in #4 therefore by (c) #2 must be straw, and Mrs Umbrella lives there.
Therefore by (d) Mr Tinsley must live in #3, which, by (b) is the brick bungalow.
By (a) #4 must be wooden (otherwise Mrs Scott couldn't be to its left) and by (f) Mr Wilshaw lives there.
Which leaves Mrs Scott, living in #1, the glass bungalow. QED.
At a recent painting competition, Eileen's rendition of a Constable was not last.
Jenny only just managed to avoid last place and came third.
The lady who painted a Monet was very successful and took first place.
Ada beat the lady who painted the Taylor and the lady who painted the Van Gogh beat Vera.