I wrote this once in the chat room, but here's my approach. It works for me.
1) Do the "5 people" clue first. Write down all the negative pairings.
2) Do all the positive associations given in the clues.
3) Do all the negative associations given in the clues.
4) Do the relative clues last (i.e., A has more of something than B).
The big key for me is cross-referencing everything the minute I know it. That is, making sure I transpose all the positives and negatives as I get new associations.
Hope someone finds that useful.
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