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 Puzzle ID: #49849 Fun: (2.5) Difficulty: (3.26) Category: Logic-Grid Submitted By: spikethru4

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.

Hint

Two 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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 J-Five 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, btw--they 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. J-Five 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. J-Five 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. LanceAlot Sep 26, 2015 This took me sooooooooo long. Finally got it though 10/10