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10/10/2010 9:01:21 PM

mark123
mark123
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I have been having some difficulty with this puzzle and some help would be greatly appreciated.

Pod People

The long-distance space transport Blue Dwarf is currently en route to a number of Earth colonies, transporting a much-needed work force. As these are long journeys (each colony is a different distance from Earth-25, 40, 50, 80, 100, or 160 light-years), each of the six passengers has been put into a state of suspended animation inside a different sleeping pod (A through F an illustration with A, B, and C at the TOP and D, E and F at the bottom in 2X3 row and column). When they finally reach their destinations ( each traveler is going to a different colony- one is Plinth, they will be wakened to begin their new lives. Each person will have a different occupation (one will be a postal supervisor) on his or her new home planet. Hopefully. they won't get homesick for Earth, because it's a long way back. From the information provided, determine the occupation of the person ( identified by first and last names- one surname is Cinccone) in each sleeping pod, his or her destination colony, and the distance to that colony from the Earth in light-years.

1. The colony of M'bimi (which isn't Xanthia's destination) is exactly twice as many light-years from Earth as is the planet to which Costantine Nisbet is traveling. which is exactly twice as many light-years from Earth as is the colony to which the sanitation engineer is traveling.

2 Each of at least two passengers has the same first- and last name initial. The person traveling to Hera IV is in the sleeping pod either immediately above or immediately below that of the person who is traveling the farthest.

3. The sleeping pod of the passenger who is going to Auros Major (which is closer to Earth than is Dolmenica) is neither immediately above nor immediately below the person surnamed Narine or the one surnamed Xanbou.

4. The person surnamed Rudes isn't the one who will serve as traffic manager (who isn't Callista). Lydia is in sleeping pod D. The fiduciary specialist surnamed Fluger is in the sleeping pod either immediately above or immediately below that of the landscape planner.

5. The sleeping pod of the person going to Dolmenica is either the immediate left or the immediate right of that of the dietary technician (whose destination is closer to Earth than is Auros Major). Xanthia's pod either immediately above or immediately below that of the person going to Dolmenica (which is closer to Earth than is the colony to which Xanthia is heading).

6. The destination of the person in sleeping pod C is exactly twice as many light years from Earth as is Trebizond (which is either Leander's or Nicodemus's destination), which is exactly twice as many light-years from Earth as is another colony.

10/11/2010 11:09:02 PM

Semipro
Semipro
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How far have you got, and where did you get stuck? It's a complex puzzle, but I see in the clues a lot of inferences one can make about who isn't what. For example, Xanthia isn't the sanitation engineer (clue 1). If you mark up the chart in the magazine with all such exclusions you can find on one reading through the clues, that's a start. Then go through the clues again and see whether you notice further relationships. Keep working back and forth between the text and the chart.

10/21/2010 5:05:53 PM

jeffloeb
jeffloeb
Posts: 77
Yeah, and get (either online or via Dell/PP) a "Logic Problem Solving Booklet"

If U use snail mail, long letter size if possible.

2/28/2011 5:11:05 AM

eyebee
eyebee
Posts: 6
Or you could try my downloadable Logic Puzzle Solver program. It's quite free and you can find it at www.logicpuzzlesolver.com.

12/4/2011 4:18:12 PM

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 952
I don't recall ever seeing this "Pod People" puzzle. A lot of the "outer space" puzzles I see have to do with Arnoz, Bleeb, Coomz, Dikdu, Elgry, Frood and Iltor,
the Iltorian planetary system. Very rarely does Earth have anything to do with those. I get the US magazine (I forget if I get Penny's or Dell's) every 2
months. Maybe this Pod People one was in one of the British magazines, or possibly the brand of magazine I don't get. Anyway, thanks for posting this
puzzle. Did you ever solve it?

I will print out this post for myself so I'll have another puzzle. (I recently finished the Feb. 2012 issue of my subscription.)

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Amy

12/4/2011 6:26:21 PM

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 952
I managed to solve it by putting a number of clues together to figure out that the Dietary occupation was fewer light-years away than the Auros planet,
which was fewer than Dolmenica, which was fewer than Xanthia. By some of the other math clues (twice this, twice that) I figured out that the
Sanitation occupation was either 25 or 40, Constantine Nisbet was either 50 or 80, and M'Bimi was either 100 or 160. Also, something unknown is the
other of the 40 or 25, Leander or Nicodemus (whoever goes to Trebizon) is the other of 80 or 50, and position C is the other of 160 or 100.

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Amy

12/5/2011 12:09:58 PM

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 952
I just noticed that Semipro put something down that, in theory, might not be correct. That person said "Xanthia isn't the Sanitation Engineer" and
cited Clue 1. Just Clue 1 alone, doesn't state Xanthia isn't the Sanitation Engineer. It states Xanthia isn't going to a certain planet, and it states
something else about the Sanitation Engineer. It could be that the Sanitation Engineer does turn out to be Xanthia.

But by combining Clue 1 with some of the later clues (I forget, it might be Clue 5) which make it obvious that the Sanitation Engineer has a lot
shorter distance to go, than Xanthia does -- THAT makes it obvious that Sanitation Engineer isn't Xanthia.

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Amy

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