# Need help with puzzle please

• Jan 14th 2010, 01:26 PM
Natasha1
At a recent athletics meeting, five old acquaintances: Fred, Greta, Hans,
Iolo and Jan met together for the first time since leaving school, so they
had a lot of news to catch up on.

It seemed they all lived in different towns: Acton, Buswick, Coalford,
Derby and Eccles; and that they all had different jobs which were, in no
particular order: an engineer, a lawyer, a teacher, a doctor and a
shopkeeper.

To round it off, each one was the winner in just one event at the meeting.
These were: 100 metres, 400 metres, 1500 metres, High Jump and
Javelin.

The following facts were also known:

1. Hans the shopkeeper from Derby won the High Jump.
2. The lawyer was from Eccles and said he was not a runner.
3. Greta was P.E. teacher from Buswick and won the 1500 metres
4. The doctor, who came from Acton, did not win the 100 metres.
5. The person from Derby was not an engineer.
6. Iolo was an engineer from Coalford and did not win the 400 metres.
7. Jan was not a lawyer, but did win the the 400 metres.
8. Fred did not come from Acton and was not a runner.

(a) Which event did the person from Coalford win?
(b) Which town did Jan come from?
(c) What was the name of the lawyer?
(d) Which event did the engineer win?
(e) Which event did Fred win?
• Jan 14th 2010, 09:46 PM
Black
Spoiler:
Fact 1 is self-explanatory.

Fact 2 says that the Eccles lawyer was not a runner, which implies that he/she won either the high jump or javelin. But since Hans already won the high jump, the lawyer must have won the javelin.

Fact 3 is self-explanatory.

Fact 4 says that the Acton doctor didn't win the 100m. We have so far

Greta- 1500m
Hans- High Jump
Lawyer- Javelin.

Therefore, the doctor must have won the only event that's left: the 400m.

Fact 5 isn't really needed, thanks to fact 1.

Fact 6 says that Iolo, a Coalford engineer didn't win the 400m. From facts 1-4, this implies that he won the 100m.

Fact 7 says that Jan wasn't a lawyer. So far we have

Greta- Teacher
Hans- Shopkeeper
Iolo- Engineer.

This means that Jan must be the doctor.

Fact 8 says that Fred didn't come from Acton. So far we have

Hans- Derby
Greta- Buswick
Jan- Acton
Iolo- Coalford.

Therefore, Fred is from Eccles.

So we have

Fred - Eccles - Lawyer - Javelin
Greta - Buswick - Teacher - 1500m
Hans - Derby - Shopkeeper - High jump
Iolo - Coalford - Engineer - 100m
Jan - Acton - Doctor - 400m

(a)
100m
(b) Acton
(c) Fred
(d) 100m
(e) Javelin