GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Answer: Suburban Mix ‘n’ Match

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In spirit if not in the flesh: this is not our neighborhood’s Batman, but a fierce little beast nonetheless. Image: Flickr/tkksummers

I self-flagellate to appease the ghosts of Martin Gardner and Sam Lloyd, for this week I mis-solved my own puzzle and left two correct answers rather than just one. Here’s the puzzle as written:

Match the yellow lab, black lab, chocolate lab, golden retriever, and Batman the world’s fastest mini doberman, with basketball, hockey, bikes, skateboards, and an adventure park, with Bob, Gaia, Ellie, Leif and Joe. Use the following clues:

1. None of the Labradors live at the basketball or hockey house.

2. Ellie’s hockey house is not home to Batman, the world’s fastest mini doberman.

3. The adventure course outside Bob’s house is not home to a chocolate lab.

4. Leif’s yellow lab is named Gus and Gus hates to bike.

I believe that this week’s volume of submission implies collective enjoyment of logic puzzles, with many people discovering the following:

Bob – adventure park house – black lab

Leif – skateboard house – yellow lab

Ellie – hockey house – golden retriever

Gaia or Joe – bike house – chocolate lab

Gaia or Joe – basketball house – Batman

Congratulations to Hereliesnothing for your correct answer and random selection — you won this week’s $50.00 ThinkGeek gift certificate! The rest of us can use the code GEEKDAD93SF to get $10 off a $50 order at ThinkGeek.

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