Holiday Logic Game

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It’s the Holiday season, and Happy Chrismahanukwanzakah to you and yours. Here at Blueprint, we thought we would mix something fun and warm (the holidays, presents, spending time with loved ones) with something a little more stressful and daunting (an LSAT drill that is hard as f***). Take your time on this one, but try to make those key deductions. Without further ado, here is a holiday-themed logic game to get you in the spirit of the season:

This Friday, Shaquille Goldstein (that’s right), is cooking holiday treats for his friends and family. He cooks 7 treats, one per hour beginning at 1:00 PM; gingerbread, eggnog, latkes, pumpkin pie, yams, ham, and candy canes. (Shaquille is great at making candy canes). Each hour, Shaquille does exactly one of the following holiday activities: twirls a dreidel, stuffs a stocking, or wraps a gift. The following conditions apply:

Shaquille will not perform the same holiday activity during two consecutive hours
Before Shaquille stuffs any stockings, he must twirl the dreidel at least once
Shaquille makes ham during the 5 o’clock hour
Shaquille makes exactly one treat between cooking the gingerbread and cooking the candy canes, and Shaquille wraps a gift while cooking this particular treat.
Shaquille makes candy canes before he makes eggnog, but after he makes pumpkin pie
Shaquille does not twirl the dreidel while he makes latkes or pumpkin pie
The number of stockings Shaquille stuffs is greater than the number of gifts he wraps
The number of stockings Shaquille stuffs exceeds the amount of times he spins the dreidel

1. How many gifts must be wrapped over the course of Shaquille’s cooking marathon?

2. What is a complete and accurate list of holiday treats, any of whom could be the first to be cooked?

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy Kwanzaa to all. Answers are below.
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1. 2
2. gingerbread, yams

6 Responses

  1. mark says:

    how come neither pumpkin pie nor latkes can be first?

  2. kayser dixon says:

    Yeah effing right. I’d rather stub my toe after waking up next to snooki with a curious cluster of small fluid-filled blisters on my lip. I’m not sure who created this game, but I hear there’s a nonprofit corporation in the Keystone state looking for sadistic bastards to write some tests; you should look them up.

  3. Cole says:

    Okay, I am having a problem accepting your answers. As you guys are pretty good at doing these problems and you said it was really hard–it didn’t seem so, I am most likely incorrect.

    Here is my issue:

    I can clearly see that the numerical distribution is 3-2-2. So, number one is pretty staightforward as it reflects the rule “No two Activities can be consectutive.”

    Now, the second question leaves me wondering why P and L can not be first. Let me explain by showing you my diagram.

    A _T_ _S_ _T/W_ _S_ _T/W_ _S_ _T/W_ (Template 1)
    A _T/W_ _T/W_ _S_ _T/W__ _S_ _T/W_ _S_ (Template 2)
    A _T/W_ _S_ _T/W_ _T/W_ _S_ _T/W_ _T/W_ (Template 3)

    T ___ ___ ___ ___ _H_ ___ ___

    Now, your rule that would really come into play here is the fact that “Shaquille makes exactly one treat between cooking the gingerbread and cooking the candy canes, and Shaquille wraps a gift while cooking this particular treat.”

    You do not stipulate which one has to come first which indicates to me that either C or G can be first.

    However, you do later say that ” Shaquille makes exactly one treat between cooking the gingerbread and cooking the candy canes, and Shaquille wraps a gift while cooking this particular treat.” Leading to P > C > E

    All that being said, what rule am I violating with this answer?

    A _T_ _S_ _W_ _S_ _T_ _S_ _W_ (Template 1)
    T _P_ _G_ _L_ _C_ _H_ _E_ _Y_

    OR

    A _T_ _S_ _W_ _S_ _T_ _S_ _W_ (Template 1)
    T _L_ _G_ _P_ _C_ _H_ _E_ _Y_

  4. Dave Woods says:

    Mark and Cole,

    You can’t spin the dreidel while making Pumpkin Pie or Latkes, and the only way either of those two can go first is if you spin the dreidel. Merry Christmas.

    -Dave

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