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I Read You 5x5

Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.


Puzzle ID:#30312
Fun:*** (2.37)
Difficulty:*** (3)
Submitted By:norcekrius****
Corrected By:cnmne




"Congratulations, Great-Aunt Nora!" The voice of Victor Summ, her eldest nephew, was tired, but exultant. Her older sister was the first grandparent among the five Shekrie siblings.
"Let me put you on speaker-phone, Vic. Corman is here." Nora had little doubt that her romance with a math teacher was the reason Victor, a research statistician, called personally, instead of letting his mother handle the news.
Nora beamed at Corman as she hit the button. "You're on, 'Daddy'. Mother and children are doing fine?"
"Cogita's doing great, although we had a bit of a shuffle in the maternity ward. Hi, Professor diNoni -- you'll love this one."
"Hi, Victor. I've heard more about you than ... no, you've known your aunt longer. You probably know how much she's talked about you."
"It runs in the family," he smiled across two time zones. "Doc Matter, our OB, said it was the strangest coincidence she's seen in a decade. The kids were born 10, 20, 30, minutes apart, up to an interval of an hour-fifty ..." Vic's voice trailed off.
"Except for one interval?" Corman filled in.
"Right. She said it was really weird, watching the time. She said Adele was born at six sharp, Brand at 6:10, and they just kept hitting 10-minute multiples, until Elana came out at 7:50."
Nora yelped. "You had *eleven*," then her left brain caught up, "no, just the quintuplets. Sorry."
"De nada, Aunt Nora. But that's where the problems started: they had the birth order mixed up. Someone had assumed we'd named them in order, with Brand, Caleb, and Derec in between. I pointed out that they'd managed to get all five wrong, and then Cogita wanted me."
"So they got it sorted out?"
"Not quite. The OB saw to the post-delivery stuff while we beamed at each other. Then a nurse came in and said they figured it out: we'd named them in alphabetical order, but by the last letter of their names. They had all five wrong again! Heck, even if we'd done it in reverse alphabetical order, either way, they would have had all five wrong!"
"So what did they do?"
"Doc Matter said she may be getting gray, but she wasn't going to sign the certificates until they were all correct. She dictated the birth times and told them to match them with the weight and length stats to sort things out -- and if they couldn't, they shouldn't bother reporting for work after tonight."
He took a cleansing breath. "On a happier note, we'd like the blood aunts and uncles to serve as godparents, since there are five of you. Would you stand for Caleb, Aunt Nora, since the two of you have the same birth position in the family?"
"I'd love to. And if anyone in this family declines, I'll have Corman make them figure out the birth order. Do you have it yet, dear?"
Vic broke in, "He doesn't have enough information yet, and I can hear you smirking at him."
Corman held up a hand to keep her quiet. "Since I don't know much about Nora's birth order, I'll have to make this a bigger question. How far apart were Brand and Elena born?"
"Fifty minutes, on their cute little noses."
"Got it." Corman recited the birth order, complete with times. Can you do the same?

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May 06, 2006

May 08, 2006

This teaser is way too long... when I saw the length I wanted to cry! So I felt lazy and didn't bother to read the whole thing and didn't attempt it but good teaser nonetheless I guess
May 08, 2006

2 Long
May 09, 2006

Good one!! Made me put on my thinking cap...which by the way wasn't working this morning I need more coffee!! Nicely done!!
May 09, 2006

WOW and how long have you been making teasers??????? I am like way beyond this stuff in school and I had a brain scratch this one and I am the smartest math person in my class!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is impeckable But I liked it Long but I liked it. You should write teasers as a good job when you graduate out of school enless you are out of school then it would be a great career for you even if it is just a hobbie works doesnt it?????
May 11, 2006

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long.
Didn't even bother and got bored just reading the teaser.
May 12, 2006

May 13, 2006

took a while but good one
May 14, 2006

i think it may have been easier if it was in a grid...
May 15, 2006

I had a bit of trouble understanding the facts of the case (like what "up to an interval of 1:50" meant- from time of last delivery, or first?) but a great teaser! Keep 'em coming!
May 15, 2006

Too long!
May 16, 2006

I had a problem with interpereting the "intervals" as well. 1:50 from the first birth or the previous one? very interesting though.
May 26, 2006

I"m confused. the puzzle says that Elana came out at 7:50. but the answer shows 7:30. other than that i think it wasn't tooooo rough
Jun 02, 2006

Ahhhhhh MY BRAIN!!!!!!! just give the hints all together next time ok?
Oct 05, 2006

In defense of the author, the point of all the additional information is to confuse you and make the teaser more difficult. It's up to us to determine what the question is and quickly discern which clues are necessary to solve it. Although I too had a hard time figuring out the time intervals.

Fun teaser!

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