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Food Fight
Five freshmen spice up Friday's lunch with a food fight.
October 4, 2004
By clue 1, three of the food fighters are Jeff, the one who threw the hot dog, and the one who got hit by the Caesar salad. By clue 5, Nina got hit by the hot dog; she is therefore the fourth food fighter to the three in clue 1. The one who threw the spaghetti isn't Jeff and didn't get hit by the Caesar salad (clue 6); so the one who threw the spaghetti is either Nina or the fifth food fighter to the four already recovered. Testing the latter possibility, by clue 4, the person who threw the Caesar salad and got hit by the lemon pie would be Jeff. By the introduction, no two students hit each other with food; therefore, Nina would have thrown the lemon pie--which she did not (5). So, the one who threw the spaghetti is Nina. The food fighter who threw the Caesar salad and was hit with the lemon pie in clue 4 is either Jeff or the fifth person to the four already recovered. If Jeff had thrown the Caesar salad and been hit by the lemon pie, by the intro, the fifth person would have thrown the lemon pie and been hit by the spaghetti. By elimination, the one who threw the hot dog would have been beaned by butterscotch pudding, and the food fighter who got hit by the Caesar salad would have thrown the butterscotch pudding. However, by clue 2, there is no way for Ben to fit into this arrangement. So, the person who threw the Caesar salad and was hit with the lemon pie in clue 4 is the fifth person to the four already recovered. By the intro, Jeff threw the wedge of lemon pie. Then the one who got hit by the Caesar salad threw the butterscotch pudding. From the intro, Jeff got hit by the spaghetti; so the food fighter who threw the hot dog got hit by the butterscotch pudding. Ben must have thrown the Caesar salad and gotten hit by the lemon pie (2). By clue 3, Sara hit Casey with the butterscotch pudding. In sum, the food fighters delivered blows as follows:

  • Ben hit Sara with the Caesar salad
  • Casey hit Nina with the hot dog
  • Jeff hit Ben with the lemon pie
  • Nina hit Jeff with the spaghetti
  • Sara hit Casey with the butterscotch pudding

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