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AnimalPals Autos
Cartoon favorites act as commentating chauffeurs on Palisades Park's kids' ride.
August 25, 2003
From the introduction, the AnimalPals Autos go in a counterclockwise motion around the track, with auto #1 directly followed by auto #2, etc., through auto #1 directly behind auto #6, and with auto #1 directly opposite auto #4, auto #2 directly opposite auto #5, and auto #3 directly opposite auto #6. By clue 6, the red car is directly opposite the AnimalPals Auto driven by Henry Hippopotamus and is between the blue vehicle and the car advertising Thor's Hammer. Arbitrarily, then, we will bracket the red car with the blue one and the Thor's Hammer one without yet determining in which direction we are going around the track. By clue 1, the purple auto is directly opposite the green one, so that neither of them can be the auto chauffeured by Henry Hippopotamus, which is opposite the red car; nor can either be opposite the blue car. Therefore, the purple car is either the auto sponsored by Thor's Hammer or is the car between the blue one and the one driven by Henry Hippopotamus. If the purple car were the Thor's Hammer special and the green car thus between the blue one and the Henry Hippopotamus-driven vehicle, since the Auto driven by George Giraffe isn't next to the one driven by Henry Hippopotamus (clue 4), the red car would be the one driven by George Giraffe and the auto advertising Raging Rivers would be between the purple car and the Henry Hippopotamus-driven auto. By clue 7, the black car follows the one driven by cartoon animatron Willy Wolf, which isn't the Thor's Hammer car; so the black car wouldn't be the one touting Raging Rivers and would be the Henry Hippopotamus auto. By elimination, then, the yellow car would be the one with the depiction of the Raging Rivers ride painted on it. However, since the yellow car precedes the one driven by Buddy Bear, who doesn't drive the purple car (3), there is no way for this arrangement to work. So, the purple car is between the blue one and the AnimalPals Auto driven by Henry Hippopotamus. By clue 1, then, the blue auto is George Giraffe's, Henry Hippopotamus wheels the Raging Rivers special around the track, and the Thor's Hammer car is green. By clue 7, the black auto must be chauffeured by Henry Hippopotamus. By elimination, the yellow vehicle is between the green and black ones. By clue 3, therefore, Buddy Bear must be the driver of the green car; and since the yellow car precedes the one driven by Buddy Bear, we now know that the car colors in order counterclockwise are green, yellow, black, purple, blue, and red. Therefore, by clue 7, Willy Wolf operates the purple car. Ralph Rhinoceros is the driver of the yellow auto, with the blue car then the one sponsored by the Mixing Bowl (2). The red car features Alex Alligator behind the steering wheel--driving the car with the Buccaneers ride ad on it (5). The yellow auto has the House of Dread ad (8) and the purple car the Screaming Eagle. The red car isn't car #1 (5), #5, or #6 (9). Since the Mixing Bowl car isn't auto #4 (2), the red car isn't auto #3. Since the yellow car isn't auto #2 (8), the red car also isn't auto #4. The red car is auto #2, so that the green one is auto #1, the blue car is auto #3, the purple one is auto #4, the black vehicle is auto #5, and the yellow car is auto #6. In sum, the AnimalPals Autos go round the track as follows:

  • #1 -- green, Thor's Hammer, driven by Buddy Bear
  • #2 -- red, Buccaneers, driven by Alex Alligator
  • #3 -- blue, Mixing Bowl, driven by George Giraffe
  • #4 -- purple, Screaming Eagle, driven by Willy Wolf
  • #5 -- black, Raging Rivers, driven by Henry Hippopotamus
  • #6 -- yellow, House of Dread, driven by Ralph Rhinoceros

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