More Fun and Games with Analytical Reasoning

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Most LSAT students have a love/hate relationship with the analytical reasoning section (aka logic games). When things click, analytical reasoning can be surprisingly enjoyable. When they don’t, it can be immensely frustrating. Some students come to love games so much that they’ll sacrifice study time from other fun sections, like reading comp.

Analytical reasoning most often becomes a frustrating affair when students neglect to take time upfront to get a grasp of the game and the rules. Rushing the setup to get to the questions quicker is a surefire way to actually lose time because you’ll constantly be checking your answer.

Below are two hard homebrewed games, tailored especially to help your analytical reasoning practice.

Let me know how you did in the comments. Don’t cheat!

People Eating Tasty Animals (PETA) is trying to classify animals as Cute or Delicious to help plan their next luncheon and ad campaign. Of eight animals – Cats, Dogs, Elephants, Mice, Pigs, Rabbits, Snakes, and Tarantulas – exactly six will be classified as Cute or Delicious, or both. A max of four animals may be within each classification. The classifications must conform to the following rules:

If Cats are classified Cute, then Cats are also delicious

Cats and Dogs cannot be assigned the same classification, nor can Snakes and Tarantulas

If the Mouse is included in a classification, then the Cat is included as well

If a classification does not include a dog, it must include a rabbit

 

Any classification that includes Elephants must include Pigs

1. Which animal cannot be classified as both Cute and Delicious?
2. If Tarantulas and Mice are classified, then what Animal must be Delicious?
3. If an equal number of animals are Cute as are Delicious, and if Dogs are delicious, what animal must also be Delicious?
4. If any classification that includes Rabbits also included Dogs which two animals must be classified but cannot be classified together?

A group of Blueprint students are trying to figure out the ideal order in which to take a practice LSAT. They have 2 analytical reasoning sections, 1 reading comp section, 2 logical reasoning sections, and a writing sample. The experimental section, which may not be later than 3rd, is one of the analytical reasoning sections. The arrangement of the sections must conform to the following restrictions:

At least one Logical Reasoning Section must come before the first Analytic Reasoning section

The writing sample cannot precede any section

If the Reading Comp Section comes before any Logical Reasoning Section, the two Analytical Reasoning sections cannot be immediately following one another, otherwise, they must be consecutive

 

The two Logical Reasoning Sections cannot be consecutive, when either is consecutive with an Analytical Reasoning section

1. If Reading Comp is fourth, which section must be 5th?
2. If one Analytical Reasoning section is immediately between both Logical Reasoning sections, who must be first?
3. If the first section is Logical Reasoning and the third is Analytical Reasoning, which section must go fourth?
4. If the experimental section is consecutive with the Reading comp section, which section cannot be fourth?

Answers:
PETA: 1. Mice, 2. Rabbits, 3. Pigs, 4. E and R
LSAT: 1. Logical Reasoning, 2. Reading Comp, 3. Logical Reasoning, 4. Reading comp

8 Responses

  1. sanaz says:

    Ok, doesn’t “writing sample cannot be preceded by any section” mean that it has to be first? Or am I just mis reading it? Otherwise, I wasn’t able to do that game. The first one was easy though.

  2. brian says:

    Game 2 rule 2 “The Writing Sample Cannot be preceded by any section”
    is this the same as, “nothing can come before writing sample?”

    • Nick Rey says:

      Woops! You are both correct; as it is worded, the sample must come first. This is obviously wrong – the sample must be last, when you’re tired and braindead.
      This was a typo on my part, the rule has been updated. Sorry for the confusion, and nice catch.

  3. Andreas Booher says:

    I read a rule on the first wrong, so that didn’t go well but the second one was fun. Would have been nice to have some multiple choice answers though… I’m kinda trained on seeing:
    A. blah blah blah
    B. blah blah blah
    C. blah blah blah
    D. blah blah blah
    E. blah blah blah

  4. dazednconfused says:

    I’m confused about Q4 for the PETA logic game. Please let me know if my approach is correct. If R –> D, that means that D has to be classified as both cute and delicious right? Since the fourth rule states that if either classification lacks D then R. Which means for my initial set-up that both classifications have to have either D or R. With the addition of this local rule, if R then D, that means if (hypothetically) we satisfy the fourth rule with R then we would have D. Which means that in either scenario, D would classified as cute and delicious. Since D is definitely in both classifications, C is not classified. Which means that M is not classified (per the third rule). So that leaves us with E, P, R, S, T which must be classified if we are to satisify the condition that six animals are classified. So why isn’t the answer to Q4 S and T? Since they both must go in, and they cannot be together in a classification, that pair seems to work as an answer as well.

    Am I missing something here?

    • Nick Rey says:

      No, you’re not. Your logic is spot on, and your answer works. I must have overlooked the more obvious answer – S & T. Nice catch

      Can you figure out why E and R cannot be classified together though?

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