Saturday, March 29, 2014

And the winners are ...

The winners of the March Mathville Puzzle are:

  • 1st. place, winner of a $30 gift card to the PVCC Bookstore: Patrice West

  • 2nd place, winner of a $15 gift card to The Mermaid Coffee Cart: Valerie Pors

  • 3rd place, winner of a big Hershey's milk chocolate bar: Richard Lorensen

Winners, please pick up your prizes  by Thursday, April 3rd at 9 p.m., and please bring your student I.D. 

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to all who played, and please play again next month!

And now for the solution:


After reading the clues, we can rule out Mayor Abscissa Adams, as she is the victim and has no motive to steal an uninsured item she owns herself. That leaves us with 5 suspects.

One of the clues tells us the thief drives a black Nissan.
 
We know that the person who drives a black Nissan wore blue shoes, so we know the thief wore blue shoes.

We know that the person who wore blue shoes weighs 190 lbs., so we know that the thief drives a black Nissan, wore blue shoes, and weighs 190 lbs. 

We know that the person who weighs 190 lbs. does not have curly hair, so we know that the thief drives a black Nissan, wore blue shoes, weighs 190 lbs., and does not have curly hair.  

Bob Beacham is eliminated because he weighs 210 lbs.

Chris Cavanaugh is eliminated because he drives a green Toyota.

Ella Eames is eliminated because she wore brown shoes. 

Francis Fairfield is eliminated because he has curly hair. 

The only person left is Dale Davidson, and he is the thief. 


Join us in April for another Mathville puzzle! 

In the meantime, if you would like another chance at solving a puzzle for a prize, check out the puzzle posted outside of Room 160 in the main building by Mu Alpha Theta, the Math Honors Society.