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When Caliban's will was opened it was found to contain the following
clause:
  "I leave ten of my books to each of Low, Y.Y., and 'Critic,' who are
  to choose in a certain order.
  "No person who has seen me in a green tie is to choose before Low.
  "If Y.Y. was not in Oxford in 1920 the first chooser never lent me an
umbrella.
  "If Y.Y. or 'Critic' has second choice, 'Critic' comes before the one
who first fell in love."

Unfortunately Low, Y.Y., and 'Critic' could not remember any of the
relevant facts; but the family solicitor pointed out that, assuming the
problem to be properly constructed (i.e. assuming it to contain no
statement superfluous to its solution) the relevant data and order
could be inferred.

What was the prescribed order of choosing; and who lent Caliban an
umbrella?


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