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08-03-2010, 01:40 AM

If you've got a copy of Puzzle Baron's Logic Puzzles (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1615640320/casebookjackth01?dev-t=D3DUR34CM7XT58%26camp=2025%26link_code=sp1) and have a question about a specific puzzle, or need a hint, feel free to post here!

08-03-2010, 05:13 AM
Congratulations on your new book!

08-07-2010, 08:16 PM
Thanks ALady! :-)

08-18-2010, 10:35 PM
Hi Admin:

I've just gone through your book and it's wonderful! I was also surprised to see my name as fast solver on a few puzzles. :p I recognized many more names of regular players on this site.

Congratulations on a job well done!!


09-11-2010, 04:51 AM
Hope you are doing fine. I miss seeing your avatar. I have had some rough times, but I am surviving.


09-16-2012, 11:51 PM
OK, I have the book and after a rough start, thought I was starting to get the hang of it. Did "Elemental", "Catching the Wind" and "Higher Education", perfectly and then I came across "Supreme Court Precendents". This one has really knocked me for a loop. I struggle with the grid and the placement of X's horizontally and vertically while remembering the logic that led me to such conclusion. Any help is appreciated. Robert

09-17-2012, 11:05 PM
If you can post the clues and the category labels (the labels in the solution grid), we can help.

09-18-2012, 12:00 PM
Thanks for your quick reply but, after erasing the grid for the second time, I was able to figure it out. Just as a false sense of security, the next puzzle in the book, I was able to complete in slightly more time than the average stated time. These puzzles are addictive.

11-11-2012, 09:24 PM
I've bought both volumes of your logic puzzle books, and I love them! I will say, I preferred the setup of the first book better, when it was organized by success rate rather than average completion time.

Purple Pisces
04-04-2013, 02:36 AM
Just got Puzzle Baron's first logic puzzle book today! I enjoy doing logic puzzles to relax so I love having a collection of your puzzles all in one book that I can solve at my leisure. Great size, good quality paper, and I like that each puzzle has the intro and story to go along with it. Any plans on publishing a third volume?

05-08-2014, 01:48 PM
Any idea when/if there might be a Vol 3 released???

06-02-2014, 08:24 AM
Hi, I cannot figure out how to choose Julius or Carter and their surnames/account types in the puzzle "Checking Accounts". Help please? Thanks.

07-11-2014, 10:37 PM
I also cannot figure out how to choose between Carter and Julius for #125 in Checking Accounts.

#97 is another one I have been stuck on for quite some time (I have erased this problem and redone it many times over).

10-03-2015, 02:00 PM
After getting the hang of it, I am totally stumped. I'm rolling along until I get to 109 Coast Guard Calls. Nothing after several attempts, I give up. I do p. 110, Ceramics Class no problem but, I move on to p.111.Havinig a Whale of a Time and BAM, again nothing. Is there a section with clues or will help come from posting on here?

10-04-2015, 11:07 AM
OK, Zenobia I think I was able to attach the scanned image. I hope you can help. Thanks, Robert

10-04-2015, 01:16 PM
Clue 4 is pretty tricky. Range is one month after right AND humpback is one month after right. This will imply that Range = humpback.

In your grid, I don't see all the Xs that clue 4 gives us. Range needs a few more, and that is probably one of the biggest things that will help complete the puzzle. In fact, range needs to look like humpback.

Another missing X is the one from clue 7. Dennis cannot be sperm whale.

Clue 1 tells us that diet and range cannot be right or pilot whales. Then clue 3 requires that July is either right or pilot. Then diet and range cannot be July. Those Xs are missing from your grid.

I think with those missing Xs, the solution will appear.

Here is my translation of the clues to the underlying math. You might try re-solving the puzzle just using this translation. The notation "->" means "the right side is one step greater." You already know that this notation also implies that the two choices in the ordering relation cannot be in the same row.

Clue 1: Madelynn = Right; Madelynn<>Diet<>Range<>Pilot<>September
Clue 2: Jasper<>Songs
Clue 3: Either (Birthing = right and July = pilot) or (Birthing = pilot and July = right)
Clue 4: right -> range and right -> humpback (implies range = humpback)
Clue 5: birthing -> dive depth
Clue 6: Blue<>songs
Clue 7: Dennis<>blue; Dennis<>sperm<>June
Clue 8: Rowan = June

I got this solution:

June - Rowan - Birthing - Pilot
July - Madelynn - Dive Depth - Right
August - Dennis - Range - Humpback
September - Rachael - Songs - Sperm
October - Jasper - Diet - Blue

See if this is consistent with all the clues.

10-04-2015, 03:10 PM
You were so right. This helped me complete the puzzle but, I have never encountered a clue like no.4. I still had to read it over and over to draw the same conclusion you did. I did miss the Dennis and sperm whale X. Boy, that clue 4 really stretched my logical thought sequence. Thanks for the help.

10-05-2015, 07:41 AM
Here is the scan of the Coast Guard puzzle we spoke about. I was easier to post here since I don't have Dropbox loaded on the laptop I use with the scanner. Have at it and let me know what you think. Thanks again, Robert.

10-05-2015, 10:02 AM
This one is tricky because it can be a challenge to keep track of north/south and east/west conventions.

In this case, further south is up/one step less, and further west is up/one step less.

Here is my translation/interpretation of the clues using the same conventions as in the previous post.

Clue 1: Heaven<>54.5<>56.5<>11:20<>-163.1; Heaven<>-168.2 ; -163.1 = 57.5
Clue 2: Tied -> 10:52; Captain<>10:52
Clue 3: 10:59<>-164.7
Clue 4: Bayford = 11:20
Clue 5: 58.5<>-166.0
Clue 6: Either (Bayford=55.5 and 11:43=-168.2) or (Bayford=-168.2 and 11:43=55.5)
Clue 7: 11:20->-164.7
Clue 8: 10:08->10:52

That leads to this solution:
54.5 - Captain - -168.2 - 11:43
55.5 - Bayford - -166.0 - 11:20
56.5 - Tied - -164.7 - 10:08
57.5 - Jessie's - -163.1 - 10:52
58.5 - Heaven - -165.3 - 10:59

It's pretty easy to get confused on this one. I hope this solution is correct.

10-06-2015, 01:21 PM
I'm pretty sure the solution is correct as I got the same answer, although I had to restart two times before I passed the second clue, to get my North South, East West, going in the right direction (and not used to the "Five ships were..." with additional two clues slipped in that didn't apply to my standard mutually exclusive marking pattern).
Once I was marking them correctly, it was one pass through the clues to get the same solution.
I note that you (RobertJohn) had Tied for Life marked incorrectly for latitude (and by extension Jessie's Girl), and don't know at what point you marked it, but that is probably what got you hung up.