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Neverquest
On-line players build their fantasy characters in the popular computer game.
March 7, 2005
Three different players are named in each of clues 5 and 8, so that there must be some overlap between the clues. Since no two players have the same character rating (intro), the overlap isn't complete and must be one of the following: 1) Ed is Ortiz; 2) Ed is from San Diego; 3) the one whose character is a centaur is Dave; 4) the player whose character is a centaur is Ortiz; or 5) the player from Los Angeles is Dave. Trying 1), if Ed were Ortiz, the five players in order of highest-rated character to lowest-rated would be Dave, Ed Ortiz, the player who lives in San Diego, the one who lives in Los Angeles, and the player whose Neverquest character is a centaur. The latter would be Chad, with a rating of 400 (1). The Los Angeles player's character would have a rating of 500, Ed Ortiz's a rating of 700 (5), the San Diego player's a rating of 600, and Dave's a rating of 900 (8). By clue 3, Ed Ortiz would be from Phoenix and Ben from San Diego, with Alex then the Los Angeles resident--no (7). So, 1) fails. Trying 2), that Ed is from San Diego, combining clues 5 and 8, the centaur would have the lowest rating, a 400 (1), with Dave's mark being a 1,000--by the introduction, a perfect score and a contradiction. So, 2) fails. trying 3), that the person who plays as a centaur is Dave, combining clues 5 and 8, the player from San Diego would have the lowest rating, a 400 (1), with Ed's mark being a 1,000--again by the introduction, a perfect score and a contradiction. So, 3) fails. Trying 4), that the player whose character is a centaur is Ortiz, combining clues 5 and 8 would have the player from San Diego with the lowest-rated character; he would be Chad and the rating would be 400 (1). Ortiz's centaur would have a rating of 500, Dave's character a mark of 700 (8), the player from Los Angeles' character a rating of 600, and Ed's a score of 800 (5). Alex would be Ortiz and Ben from Los Angeles (7). Dave would be from Phoenix (3). Ed would be from St. Louis (2) and Alex from Detroit--no (7). So, 4) fails and 5) remains; Dave is from Los Angeles. Combining clues 5 and 8, then, the player with the lowest-rated character would be the one from San Diego--by clue 1, Chad with a rating of 400; Ortiz's character would have a mark of 500, Dave's 700 (8), the centaur 600, and Ed's character 900 (5). By clue 3, the centaur is the man from Phoenix's character; and Ben is Ortiz. By elimination, Alex is from Phoenix. By clue 2, Ed is from St. Louis, and Dave's character is a goblin. Ben is from Detroit. By clue 6, Ben's character is a druid, and Chad is Miller. By clue 5, Ed's character is a troll, with Chad's an elf. Ed's last name is Lucas (4). By clue 9, Alex is Norton and Dave Platt. In sum, the five on-line Neverquest players and their characters are

  • Ed Lucas, St. Louis, troll, 900
  • Dave Platt, Los Angeles, goblin, 700
  • Alex Norton, Phoenix, centaur, 600
  • Ben Ortiz, Detroit, druid, 500
  • Chad Miller, San Diego, elf, 400

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