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The Race - Part I

Submitted By:Sane
Fun:*** (3.01)
Difficulty:**** (3.15)

Five competitors (two women named Alexa and Breanna, and three men named Larry, Arnold and Michael) recently decided they would race each other for a large prize. Before the race would start, each person decided to do a different aerobics class to try and become more fit and healthy. Each had already raced for a number of months in competitions (3, 6, 9, 12, 15). Their surnames are Anderson, Cameron, Douglas, Ewell and Farlin. After two months of aerobics each person noticed a different benefit from their exercise. From the clues below, can you match the full name of each competitor with the number of months they've raced before, the benefit each has experienced from aerobics, and the brand of sneakers each wears?

1. Arnold, who isn't surnamed Anderson, doesn't use Nike shoes.

2. Arnold has been racing for fewer months than the woman who noticed an increase in her energy level; she has been racing for fewer months than the friend who wears Brooks shoes.

3. The person who has been racing for the least amount of time is neither the man who uses Adidas shoes, nor another person surnamed Douglas.

4. The man who uses Reebok shoes has been racing longer than the person surnamed Ewell, who has been racing longer than the person who lowered his/her cholesterol level.

5. The person who has experienced weight loss began racing after the one who gained muscle tone and before Alexa (who doesn't use Nike).

6. Larry lowered his cholesterol level.

7. The one surnamed Anderson hasn't noticed any weight loss.

8. Ms. Ewell isn't the woman who gained muscle tone.

9. Ms. Cameron enjoys aerobics so much that she goes to the gym at least 5 times a week.

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Comments on this teaser

Posted by whoelsebutme0902/19/05
i really screwed up cause it was SO hard!!! 4 me @ least. but it was still real fun :oops:

Posted by Blaque102/19/05
i didn't read it it's too long :cry:

Posted by Sane02/20/05
28 votes but 2 comments, Sane isn't happy. :(

Posted by wolfaleck02/21/05
This was excellent! I like when it's challenging enough for me to have to go through the clues 3 or 4 times to fill in the grid. I used every section, too, which is unusual. Outstanding job! :D

Posted by Gibby02/21/05
This one was really took all I had to not look at the answers. :D

Posted by Sane02/21/05
Wow... thank you everybody. :D

Posted by chuckelect02/22/05
that was outstanding! cant wait for part 2!!

Posted by scoutmom11102/22/05
Good puzzle.... I had to concentrate on the grid and clues. I like the ones that I have to think on. :D

Posted by Sane02/22/05
Part II was rejected due to a slight mistake by me (I forgot to distinguish between the different groups). It will be up in two weeks at the least.

Posted by jocelyng02/23/05
Great Job!!!! :wink:

Posted by elyse02/23/05
This was a tough one, I got lost somewhere. Fun, though. I'll have to go back and see where I went wrong. But I do love the challenge. Most of these logic-grid teasers are way too easy, so way to go, Sane! Most are so easy, I was thinking I was brilliant. Maybe not so much now...

Posted by MrLarsonCHS02/23/05
Well you beat me on this one. Couldn't get it it but that could have been because I misread the first clue as Arther surname was Anderson not wasn't. :x

Posted by preverbal02/25/05
Good one. The only problem I had was with statement 8. "The woman who has more muscle tone isn't Ms. Ewell." As a matter of strict logic, it does not follow from that statement that Ewell is a woman. I wasn't sure if that was a trick or was a clue revealing that Ewell was in fact a Ms.

Posted by laurajo02/25/05
Very Hard! I got all the accomplishments, but had a lot of trouble trying to figure out last names & their order. I got a couple of them wrong. the clue with Ms. Ewell tricked me too!, I spent a lot of time on this puzzle, but enjoyed it! :-?

Posted by Sane03/04/05
My teaser dropped 20 happy points in the last 5 votes... :cry:

Posted by tnawara03/09/05
Nicely done! This one was very challenging without being impossible.

Posted by toddzilla03/09/05
Loved it. It made me get creative in solving it without being too crazy. Keep 'em coming!

Posted by ABBAS103/12/05
I never HUH! thought Ummm.. nevermind, you dont want to hear it

Posted by CHUCKLZ03/17/05
I love these kind of teasers...they are just fantastic...great job!!! :D

Posted by a13year0ld04/03/05
excellent job! i had to start over twice before i got it! very fun and i actually found myself talking to myself! :D :D :D

Posted by ANgelStAR04/10/05
I love this teaser! :D :D Although it took me 20 minutes to finish, I had fun doing it. :D :D This is the best and hardest one I've ever done! I'm so happy I got all the answers correct. Yipee! :D 8) :)

Posted by aks_gupta0704/29/05

Posted by FamilyInFilm05/24/05
Excellent teaser!! One of the best one of the logic grid puzzles on this site! 8) :D 8)

Posted by laxgal04206/18/05
GREAT job i hope ur next will be even harder!!!!! :D cant wait

Posted by Marwen08/09/05
Good one! I just joined and love the hard ones that really make you think. I had to do the grid twice! Thanks! :D

Posted by dcf52509/14/05
Great challenge! Very hard! :D

Posted by dragon-B11/02/05
Ooo it hurts :lol:

Posted by OwarinaiYume7211/02/05
Brilliant! Fun, challenging, and not impossible. I love the hard, but not impossible ones. They make me think the most. While I didn't need it, it's awsome that you put the steps or whatever in the answer. One of the best logic-grids I've done so far! 8) :D

Posted by DaveC11/23/05
:D Congrats Sane because I'm not sure that I am any more (sane that is :roll: :o :0 :( :cry: :lol: I finally solved this teaser after my nth try (n being a number of unknown quantity) over several sessions over several days. I did not look at the answers until I was confident that there was a good chance that I had solved it correctly (and I had) I had to keep restarting because after I had gone so far on the grid (once nearly filling it) I would come up against inconsistancies and impossibilities which forced me to restart the grid. I cannot say what mistakes I was making, it did not seem to be consistantly the same one. I just know that I was becoming almost compulsive in trying to solve this inscrutable little conundrum, wrapped up inside an enigma hiding inside an oxymoron. Thank you for your assistance toward my insanity. Or to put it more susictly, REALLY GREAT PUZZLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :wink:

Posted by roscoep01/25/06
Great Job!!! Very good puzzle. Good degree of difficulty.

Posted by PineappleMama02/25/06
Great puzzle. I had to restart the grid when I ended up having x's all the way thru one row...oops. But I got it on the second try. Thanks for submitting! :D

Posted by elemandia03/28/06
This is one of my favorite puzzles on the site so far. It's rare that one is complicated enough that I have to take notes to keep it all straight. Great job! :P

Posted by sundaisy22706/16/06
Super hard. I don't know where I messed up, but it made the whole thing wrong and I couldn't figure out my mistake. Great teaser.

Posted by brain_dead01/27/07
ok that was really hard! i got like half way through it and gave up... good job

Posted by brainfog02/12/07
Very fun to do. Had to try twice, but got it! I like the fact that I had to use almost all the grid sections - that's pretty rare. Great job!

Posted by ronw1105/24/07
Really kept me busy for awile, fun, tricky .. the best kind .. keep'm coming :)

Posted by dreamlvr143209/16/07
Wickedly Awesome! This one had my brain turning for over 1/2 hour! Got it first time through the grid though...YEAH me! :D Kinda threw me in the intro when you mention different aerobics classes, then as for different shoe brands instead. sneaky sneaky. I'll be doing part 2 next! Keep up the good work.

Posted by chickwithbrains09/23/07
this puzzle wasn't incomplete at all, it was just very difficult. This was my second attempt and I got it this time around -- phew! :o that was hard work! p.s. -- I didn't know that Michael Douglas (an American leading actor) wore Reeboks and that he was trying to lose weight! lol :lol:

Posted by Yankeejimg10/07/07
Excellent puzzle. Well constructed, and a son-of a-gun to do! Thanks and keep them coming. :o :wink: :roll:

Posted by mocha61310/14/07

Posted by Bayareacwgrl11/24/07
Very challenging. Thank you!

Posted by lesliep7287512/04/07
I'm confused :-? I couldn't figure this one out, so I checked the answers and the explanation given didn't make sense to me. It stated that Arnold had been racing for fewer months than Alexis, so he didn't have weight loss. But, a person can have weight loss after 2 months, for example, of working out. Especially from aerobic exercise. Am I missing something here? Could someone please help me understand?

Posted by vitamixer01/22/08
This puzzle is only 90% solvable due to Hushpuppies and 'more endurance' not being mentioned. There are many other benefits and shoes that could be used instead.

Posted by chocaholic2911/17/08
Heaps of fun!! It was difficult but I managed to get it correct in the end. Awesome work.

Posted by Elvis200812/15/08
The instructions don't include hushpuppy nor more endurance.

Posted by FlindallJW04/21/09
GREAT puzzle. By far the most difficult one on this site. After spending hours on this puzzle (I must've started over a dozen times) I finally figured out where I was going wrong: clue number 5. Started racing before = having raced LONGER. Very tricky!

Posted by bigpat04/30/09
This puzzle is 100% solveable with the given information and has a unique answer. It doesn't matter that they don't mention endurance or hushpuppys. It is possible to deduce who must have gained endurance and who must wear hushpuppies from the given clues by elimination. Anyway, it took me a while and 2 tries but I got it done with just the grid.

Posted by pastor103104/01/10
Somehow I got Farlin, Douglas, Anderson, Rebok, Adidas mixed while everything else was correct. Not sure how that happened. The puzzle seemed to go so smoothly

Posted by Zinovia02/21/11
That was a tricky one! Really awesome job!

Posted by Deina12/12/13
Great teaser! :) I especially like the way you explain the solution steps in the answer, it really helps me learn how to do better! :lol:

Posted by J-Five06/25/14
On word that best describes it is, AHHHHHH!


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