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10/19/2014 5:29:07 PM

darkbruin89
darkbruin89
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So, I am working on logic problem #1 in the June 2014 issue of Official All-Time Favorite Variety Puzzles. In this logic problem, the solver was supposed to deduce the first and last names of a set of five celebrity impersonators and the name of the celebrities they impersonate -- choice of Cher, Bette Midler, Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton, and Clark Gable. After going through all the clues, and figuring out what could be figured out and what needed to be crossed out, I had a lot of open space still left on the diagram. I went through the clues several times, and could not get any farther into what should have been an easy puzzle...

...and then it dawned on me....

Even though it was not mentioned in the problem description nor the clues, the logic problem required the solver to assume that the Clinton and Gable impersonations needed to be attached to the two male first names and the Cher, Bette Midler, and Marilyn Monroe impersonations needed to be attached to the three female first names.

Did it occur to the person who wrote this puzzle (and of course, the editor and proofreader who allowed this into the magazine) that Cher, Bette Midler, and Marilyn Monroe are very likely, if not most probably, impersonated by males, and that there are women who impersonate male celebrities? Did it occur to anyone that the younger solvers are very used to the concept of crossdressing impersonators? For lack of a better term, has anyone at least heard of Rupaul's Drag Race?

Folks, if you want to get the younger folks to buy these puzzles, the modern day world needs to be referenced.

Thank you, and have a good day.

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