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Zoo Animal Olympics

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Puzzle ID:#42762
Fun:*** (2.88)
Difficulty:*** (2.77)
Category:Logic-Grid
Submitted By:joseph_r03Aus**!!!!

 

 

 



The zebra, monkey, giraffe, elephant, and lion were all competing in the Zoo Animal Olympics. Each competed in a different event: basketball, wrestling, 110 meter hurdles, long jump, and weightlifting. Each animal wore a different color jersey: red, green, blue, orange, and yellow. All of the animals finished in the top 5 of their respective event, but none of them finished in the same place. Also note that these animals have strengths besides being good athletes. There is a mathematician, a trivia buff, a cryptographer, a scientist, and one animal that has a great ability to recognize groups with common attributes. Can you determine which animal goes with the associated Olympic event, jersey color, finishing place, and secondary skill?

1) The animal in the blue jersey finished in a better place than the animal in the yellow jersey.

2) The lion is a trivia buff.

3) The animal that competed in the 110 meter hurdles finished in a better place than the animal that competed in wrestling.

4) The cryptographer left the following message: "J BN B NPOLFZ."

5) The zebra, elephant, and lion each have a primary colored jersey.

6) Here is another message from one of the animals: "I have something in common with the following animals: skunk, tiger, clown fish, bumblebee, and coral snake."

7) The zebra finished in a better place than the lion, but a worse place than the elephant.

8) The zebra and lion's jersey colors, when mixed, make the color of the jersey the monkey wears.

9) The animal that came in 4th place was playing basketball.

10) The scientist had the following message: "There is an alkaline earth metal whose atomic number is the same as my finishing place."

11) The animal participating in the long jump finished in a lower place than the giraffe.

12) The giraffe did not wear the green jersey.

13) The trivia buff had the following message: Thomas Jefferson was the same number U.S. President as my finishing place.

14) The mathematician's Olympic event has the same number of letters as the result of this equation: (5+2)*3-8 = ?

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Answer

The zebra was in the 110 meter hurdles, wore the blue jersey, finished in 2nd place, and has a great ability to recognize groups of common attributes.

The monkey was in the long jump, wore the green jersey, finishied in 5th place, and is the Cryptographer.

The giraffe was in the basketball game, wore the orange jersey, finished in 4th place, and was the scientist.

The elephant was in the weightlifting competition, wore the red jersey, finished in 1st place, and was the mathematician.

The lion was in wrestling, wore the yellow jersey, finished in 3rd place, and was the trivia buff.

Explanation of clues:

4) If you replace each letter with one that is exactly one spot to the right in the alphabet you get "I am a monkey". This is a Caesar Cipher.

6) A zebra has stripes just like the most commonly observed skunk, tiger, clown fish, bumblebee, and coral snake.

10) Beryllium is the only alkaline earth metal in the first five elements on the periodic table. Its atomic number is 4.

13) Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States.

14) The answer is 13. And weightlifting is the only event with 13 letters. To solve the equation you use the standard order of operations which states you solve for parentheses and exponents first, then multiplication and division, and lastly addition and subtraction.
(5+2)*3-8 = ?
(7)*3-8 = ?
21-8=?
13

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Comments

Yankeejimg*
Aug 11, 2008

Excellent puzzle, which had me looking up info throughout the internet. However, "Wikipedia" defines the primary colors as red, green and blue. This always confuses me in these puzzles, and didn't give me your answers on the colors of the animals. Also, not sure if #12 is necessary.
chaskey*us*
Aug 13, 2008

Wikipedia was talking about light, not pigment. Hard puzzle for me, and I enjoyed it.
mocha613Aus*
Aug 14, 2008

Fantastic puzzle, I really enjoyed the incorporation of other teasers into your clues.
joseph_r03Aus*
Aug 15, 2008

Thanks for the comments. This was my first brain teaser. I had a lot of fun making it.
zxyggrhynAph*
Aug 16, 2008

Four Thumbs Up! (Two from the hands, two from the feet!)

I think this is the best puzzle I have come across so far. It's very timely (Beijing 2008 Olympics), uses a combo of different puzzles, and really made me think deeply! (I cheated though, I never knew Thomas Jefferson nor the first five Presidents of the States so I had to look at the Dictionary )

Anyway, great puzzle, hope you can make more!

Mabuhay Ka, P're!
(Live long, pal!)

dreamlvr1432Aus*
Aug 18, 2008

I liked this teaser alot. It had me googling like crazy as i sadly couldn't remember which prez jefferson was and I had no clue of the elements. I loved how you worked other puzzles into the clues as well. The only drawback I can see is that if you don't know the trivia (aka jefferson, elements, etc) and are working this offline with no internet access, you won't be able to solve the puzzle. Otherwise, Kudos to you on your first teaser!!!
gracieboo*
Aug 18, 2008

Amazing!

This was one of the most difficult teasers I've attempted in a long time and still fun!

I had to look up Jefferson and the periodic table too. Is that cheating?
FwehddiAus*
Oct 01, 2008

Very clever!
MegRen*
Apr 24, 2009

I really liked this teaser. I was hard and challenged me, which I love. I had to Google Thomas J. and alkaline earth metals. Otherwise, I would never have been able to solve it.
gap6297*cn*
Apr 25, 2009

Lucky for me, I am a periodic Table nut AND a presidents nut.

Is that a coincidence?
tonjawithaj*us*
May 15, 2009

Jeez! I completely forgot my order of operations my frist time through and got myself all discombobulated!

Great puzzle!
caberetAus**
Nov 07, 2010

Hee hee! Poor joseph, this teaser was used as a boss clue in WTB game #2317. But really, thank you Joseph for a fun teaser!
apricot
Mar 06, 2011

Lots of fun!
Suzanne12345
May 20, 2011

This puzzle was excellent. Had to rechearch a few things but got it done on the first try!
ObilioAus*
Feb 02, 2013

The best puzzle I've ever done. Thanks so much!!! It made me wish the "fun" stars in the ratings went to eleven!
trewqus*
Aug 02, 2014

this is great! i really liked the clues, and that I had to read the beginning prompt to understand clue #6



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