0910.1: Arrivals


Here is a traditional-style logic puzzle to start our year.  From the following eight claims, you can determine the names of six (fictional) returning students (one of whom is named Deborah), their dorms (one of which is Bundy), their majors (one of which is art), the order in which they returned to campus, and the order in which they had their first class of the semester.  There is one trick: precisely one of the eight sentences contains false information, and can be completely discounted.  The other sentences are all true.
 

  1. The person who lives in Root is disappointed that she was the first of the six to have her first class.
  2. The physics major is neither Bhavin nor Emil, and lives in neither Minor nor Dunham.
  3. Frank was the last to arrive, but his best friend, who lives across College Hill Road in Wertimer, was the first to have his/her first class.
  4. The psychology major had his/her first class third; the physics major arrived on campus second and had his/her first class fifth.
  5. The economics major, who lives in South, was glad to arrive first on campus, and to be the last to have his/her first class.
  6. Charlotte arrived just after Emil and just before Frank; she had her first class immediately after the person who lives in Wertimer, and immediately before the Root-dweller, who had his/her first class just before Andrea.
  7. The person who lives in Wertimer, who is not the mathematics major, and the person who lives in Root are Buffers.
  8. The philosophy major, who does not live in Dunham, did not arrive fourth or fifth.

 

Challenge


Match each of the six students with their dorms, majors, the order in which they returned to campus, and the order in which they had their first class of the semester.


Rules

 

Solutions to Puzzle #1: Back to Campus may be sent to puzzle@hamilton.edu, or, via campus mail, to Russell Marcus, Philosophy Department. Make sure to include your contact information with your solution.  A winner will be chosen at random among those who submit correct solutions.  Any one may play the puzzle, but only current Hamilton College students may win prizes. If the winner of the puzzle is not a Hamilton College student, a secondary winner may be chosen.


Prizes

 

Prize winners receive a t-shirt or mug from Lulasail, home of the best philosophy t-shirts on the web.


The Deadline for Puzzle #1 is Tuesday, September 29 at 4pm. All entries must be received by that time.