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    Need help! :) "3 couples at dinner" puzzle

    Hi. I have a math problem and wonder if anyone can help me solve it and perhaps explain how. The problem is:

    3 couples, all consisting of man & woman, eat dinner together at a gathering. The man in couple A (which I have denoted as A subscript 1) knows everyone at the gathering. Q is; Who does his wife (A subscript 2) know?

    I have posted a suggestion for a start of how it supposedly can be solved. I have denoted "0" as "no new acquaintance" so an idea is to use "1" as "new acquaintance". I hope someone can help.. Thanks!


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    Re: Need help! :) "3 couples at dinner" puzzle

    This makes no sense. There is no reason given to think that who the husband knows has anything to do with who his wife knows. Surely there is some other information like "if one member of a couple knows a member of another couple, his partner must know at least one person in the other couple"?
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    Re: Need help! :) "3 couples at dinner" puzzle

    Hello, financestudent86!

    I agree with HallsofIvy; the problem makes no sense.


    Three couples, each consisting of man & woman, eat dinner together at a gathering.
    The man in couple A (which I have denoted as A-sub-1) knows everyone at the gathering.
    Who does his wife (A-sub-2) know?

    I have posted a suggestion for a start of how it supposedly can be solved.
    I have denoted "0" as "no new acquaintance" so an idea is to use "1" as "new acquaintance".
    I hope someone can help. .Thanks!

    Is the relationship "knows" symmetric?
    That is, if A_1 knows A_2, can we assume that A_2 knows A_1 ?


    Your "picture" needs some explaining, too.


    If that is a Seating Chart, it seems that couple-A sits at the first table,
    . . couple-B sits at the second table, couple-C sits at the third table.
    I don't see how the seating affects the friendshps.


    If it is an Elimination Table, it should be 6-by-6
    . . with no 2-by-2 subsets indicated.

    . . \begin{array}{c||c|c|c|c|c|c|} & A_1 & A_2 & B_1 & B_2 & C_1 & C_2 \\ \hline \hline A_1 & \times & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 & 1 \\ \hline A_2 & & \times &&&& \\ \hline B_1 &&& \times &&& \\ \hline B_2 &&&& \times && \\ \hline C_1 &&&&& \times & \\ \hline C_2 &&&&&& \times \\ \hline \end{array}


    Also, why do you make the distinction new acquaintance?
    . . Did the couples just meet for the first time?
    . . (No, A_1 already knows the other five people.)


    Give us the original wording of the problem . . . please!
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