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Baggage Mishaps

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Puzzle ID:#45350
Fun:**** (3.1)
Difficulty:**** (3.33)
Submitted By:caberetAus**!!




Savannah got distracted when her shuttle arrived at Earth Central Airport. Now she's at Lost & Found with four other travelers all waiting to retrieve one lost piece of luggage of a different color (black, blue, green, red or yellow.) While filling out their baggage retrieval paperwork, they discovered an amazing coincidence. Each person had the last name of one other person's nationality and another's destination country (America, England, France, Panama or Zambia). Nobody had the same last name, nationality or destination country of anyone else in the group. Each person is traveling from his or her country of origin to only one other country. Use the following clues to determine each traveler's first name, last name (L), nationality (N), destination country (D) and baggage color. Because this is Logic Land, the unlikelihood of the travelers actually sharing the same airport is not of any concern in solving this puzzle.

1. Each traveler's last name, nationality and destination country are three different names.
2. Ms. Panama is neither the Zambian citizen nor the one going to England; Carmelita wants her suitcase to stand out, so she is not the person with the black bag. (All five travelers are mentioned in this clue.)
3. The person bound for France, who asked Echo where she bought her fragrant cup of coffee, sat next to Mr. England.
4. Echo is not the French citizen that helped Pierre with his paperwork.
5. Of the person with the lovely yellow suitcase and Savannah, one is traveling to Zambia and the other is the American citizen.
6. Pierre's destination country is the nationality of the owner of the black bag; the destination country of the owner of the black bag is Pierre's nationality.
7. The person surnamed America is not going to France and the person traveling to America has either a blue or green bag.
8. Juan, who does not have yellow luggage, does not have England as his last name.
9. The five travelers are the American, Echo, the blue suitcase owner, the one traveling to Panama and Ms. France.

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Sep 25, 2009

Great job! Loved the tricky tracking of names, nationalities and destinations.
Sep 25, 2009

Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
Sep 28, 2009

Wow, this was great. I think my brain is shot now.
Sep 30, 2009

The main reason I thought it was hard where a lot of varaitions of names.
Sep 30, 2009

But I agree it was hard!!!
Sep 30, 2009

Great puzzle.

The duplicate last names, nationalities and destinations added a nice twist.
Oct 05, 2009

I really enjoy the way you word the clever clues; they are quite clear, but complicated. Some day soon I hope to solve it!
Nov 07, 2009

Another great puzzle! I am brand new to this site. I just did cabaret's new puzzle and wanted to do others by this member. This one is even more fun than the last.

I loved how the first clue resulted in 15 boxes filled in the grid. And how the yellow/Savannah clue tied in with the I think it was the 2nd clue. And there were no extra clues. Please keep these coming.

I am off to try your 3rd teaser!
Dec 23, 2009

Wow, I'm a bit embarassed I had to use your hint, but that was fantastic! Thanks!
Oct 21, 2010

Nice! Messed up early on -- read a "not" into a clue where there wasn't one -- but then restarted and got it. Very enjoyable.
Jan 01, 2011

very fun! nice job (my only quibble is that I would list the surname in the grid as France instead of French.)
Jan 19, 2011

Loved it. Challenging but doable!
May 25, 2011

This one was a great challenge. Extreme concentration was exercised. Very well done.
May 28, 2011

Great job! Once I realized that I had skipped a clue, I got it!
Jun 14, 2011

Excellent puzzle! Really worked my brain on that one...had to break out the pen and paper to keep track.
Jul 14, 2013

Absolutely brilliant! I actually had to make a second logic grid on paper for clues two and nine!
Apr 29, 2014

Wonderful puzzle. I think the only misleading thing is you refer to someone as Ms. France but on the grid it says French for the last name. Made me think you meant the nationality at first instead of the last name.
May 12, 2016

DUUUUUUDDE that was a tough one! Every clue feels redundant, but its not..

Love the idea, great job!
Mar 03, 2017

Great puzzle, thanks!

I managed to solve it with glpsol (a free linear and mixed integer programming solver, available for most platforms).

Just in case anyone is interested to play with it, I have uploaded the model file to pastebin ( )
Mar 04, 2017

Saska, Congratulations on your truly unique and completely befuddling (at least to me) solution method! I really appreciate your response.
Mar 04, 2017


The problem is that, after spending some quality time with linear algebra, once you master the (black) art of rewriting those logic grid puzzles to a set of linear expoessions which can be solved by a computer in mere seconds, most of their fun is gone.

As you may have noticed I went straight to the two problems rated as most difficult in this category and (mechanically) solved both of them. I guess I have to settle for other types of puzzles for the rest of my life. ;-)

Once again thanks for your great puzzles.

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