Scrabble Babble
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Twelve players took part in a Scrabble tournament, where each played seven games against different opponents. From the clues below, can you work out what order the top five finished in, how many games they won, their last opponent, and their highest word (HW) and game (HG) scores for the tournament?
Top 5: Chris (m), Dianne (f), Edie (f), Russell (m), Sally (f)
Opponents: Carolyn (f), Judy (f), Mark (m), Russell (m), Sally (f)
Games won: 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6
High Game scores: 470, ?, 576, ?, 601
High Word scores: 90, ?, 97, ?, 121
You will need to determine the missing high game and high word scores. They are presented in numerical order, and all the scores are different. Note also that a drawn game counts as half a win for both players.
Clues:
1. The top five players were, in some order: the eventual winner; Carolyn's final opponent; the player with the best game score; the player with the best word score; and Chris.
2. Sally got off to a bad start, losing both her opening games before winning her third.
3. The only tie of the tournament was played between two ladies in game 3.
4. Edie's best game score was a perfect square; the only other player to achieve this came third.
5. The two players whose high game scores were in the 500's had high word scores ending in 5.
6. Only one of the top five played someone of the same gender in the last game; the winner of that match scored 576, their best score for the day.
7. Dianne was delighted to join the '600 Club' in game 5 against Carolyn; this eclipsed Russell's best by 4 points.
8. The champion's highest word score was exactly eight more than that of Mark's last opponent, who finished below Chris.
HintTwo of the top five played each other in the final round.
If you haven't worked out the missing High Game scores, check clues 4, 5 & 7.
If you haven't worked out the missing High Word scores, check clues 5 & 8.
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Answer
Pos  Name  Wins  Last Opp  HG  HW
1  Russell  6  Sally  597  105
2  Edie  5.5  Carolyn  576  95
3  Chris 5  Judy  484  90
4  Dianne  4.5  Mark  601  97
5. Sally  4  Russell  470  121
Explanation:
Sally and Russell must have played each other in the last game. Carolyn didn't play Chris last (Clue 1), and she played Dianne in game 5 (Clue 7), so she must have been Edie's final opponent. Clue 6 tells us the other games were between players of different genders, so Chris played Judy and Dianne played Mark.
Clue 3 tells us there was only one tied game, between two ladies in round 3. However, Sally could not have been one of them, because she won her third game (Clue 2). So Dianne and Edie must have finished with 4.5 and 5.5, in some order. We know that Mark's opponent (Dianne) finished below Chris (Clue 8) and that Chris did not win overall (Clue 1), so Dianne won 4.5 and Edie 5.5, and Chris therefore won 5. Sally couldn't have won 6 games, as she lost her first two (Clue 2), so Russell must have won 6 and Sally 4.
Dianne's high game (HG) was 601 and Russell's 597 (Clue 7). Clue 5 tells us that there were only two 500games, so the other missing score is a perfect square between 471 and 499 (Clue 4), therefore it's 484 (22^2). Clue 4 also says this was scored by the player who came third, i.e. Chris. Clues 4 and 6 tell us Edie scored 576, which leaves Sally with 470.
The missing high word (HW) scores both end in 5 (Clue 5). One must be 95 and the other is either 105 or 115. Clue 8 says there must be a gap of 8 between scores, so 105 is the only possibility. This was Russell's HW and so Dianne scored 97 (also Clue 8). Edie had the other 500game, so must have the HW of 95 (Clue 5). Chris didn't get the highest word score (Clue 1), so he scored 90 and Sally 121.
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Comments
JFive
Jul 13, 2013
 Brilliant, it looks challenging! 
spikethru4
Jul 14, 2013
 Thank you; that was the aim. ;) 
extremeblueness
Jul 15, 2013
 This was a true challenge to work out. I have to say, I quite enjoyed it. My biggest challenge was realizing that Russell played Sally last when I had already figured out that Sally played Russell last. Quite boneheaded of me, I must say. 
spikethru4
Jul 15, 2013
 Don't you just hate it when that happens? 
trewq
Jul 21, 2013
 wonderful teaser! it looks intimidating, and I certainly had to turn on my little grey cells but it was worth it! I have no idea how you come up with such good clues, btwthey didn't immediately give anything away, but taken together they made the puzzle quite doable I like it!! 
spikethru4
Jul 22, 2013
 Thanks trewq; glad you enjoyed it. 
JFive
Jul 25, 2013
 By the way are you related to Einstein? 
spikethru4
Jul 25, 2013
 No, but I do have ein Stein for drinking beer out of. 
JFive
Aug 08, 2013
 I read online my last name is German for a one liter beer mug. To make things worse my first name means healer. 
WrknMom
Nov 19, 2013
 Loved this!! 
mom_rox
Mar 17, 2014
 excellent puzzle! The trickiest part for me was figuring out the last game opponents since it wasn't a simple 5x5 matrix. Very nice twist. 
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