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Deductive Reasoning Q?

  1. Sep 24, 2006 #1
    Read the following deductive reasoning puzzle and keep in mind - need to know:
    What was each woman's occupation and dress color?
    Plus. Explain How did you get the answer?

    Alice, Bettym Carol, and Dorothy were a lifeguard, a lawyer, a pilot, or a professor. Each wore a white, yellow, pink, or blue dress.

    The lifeguard bear Betty at canasta, and Carol and the pilot often played bridge with the women in pink and blue dresses, Alice and the professor envied the woman in the blue dress, bit this was not the lawyer, as she always wore a white dress.
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  3. Sep 27, 2006 #2
    The answer that the puzzler is looking for is:

    Alice - pilot - yellow
    Betty - professor - pink
    Carol - lawyer - white
    Dorothy - lifeguard - blue

    The key I used to get started is:

    1. The attorney wears white (and thus does not wear blue).
    2. The pilot plays bridge with the woman in blue (ditto).
    3. The professor envies the woman in blue (ditto).
    So only the lifeguard can wear blue.
    The rest just falls apart.

    However, the puzzle is poorly worded in places and requires some assumptions.
  4. Oct 20, 2006 #3
    Alice the pilot wore the yellow dress
    Betty the professor wore the pink dress
    Carol the lawyer wore the white dress
    Dorothy the lifeguard wore the blue dress
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