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The Smashers begin 2005 football season with five veteran assistants.
July 25, 2005
From the introduction, no two of the veteran coaches have been with the Smashers the same number of years. By clue 1, John has been with the team twice as long as Marino; while by clue 4, the quarterbacks coach has been with the team twice as long as Gifford, who has been a Smashers coach twice as long as Tom. Either all five coaches are named between these two clues or there is some commonality. John isn't Gifford (clue 6) and can't be the quarterbacks coach or Marino and Gifford would have been with the team the same number of years. Since John isn't Gifford (6), Marino can't be Tom. The only possible overlap is if Marino were the quarterbacks coach. Then between the two clues John would have been with the team twice as long as quarterbacks coach Marino, who would have been a Smashers coach twice as long as Gifford, who would have been with the squad twice as long as Tom. By clue 9, the coach with the shortest tenure has been with the team 2 years and would then be Tom above or the fifth coach to the four. If Tom were with the team for 2 years, Gifford would have been a Smashers coach for 4, Marino for 8, and John for 16. In clue 5, then, if the running backs coach were John, there would be six men named (Ray 17 years, Payton 22); if the running backs coach were Gifford, there would be six men named (Ray 5 years, Payton 10); and if the running backs coach were Tom, Marino and Payton would both have 8 years tenure. If the fifth coach had 2 years experience with the Smashers, by clue 5, John would be Payton, and Ray would be Marino or Gifford. If Ray were Marino, by clue 1, Payton would have 10 and Ray Marino 5 years with the team. However, Tom would then have less than 2 years, no (9). If Ray were Gifford, Tom couldn't be the running backs coach or he would have 1 year in as a Smashers coach (5, 4); nor could the fifth player be the running backs coach, or Ray Gifford would have 3 years (5) and Tom less than 2 years (4) with the team. Therefore, there is no overlap between clues 1 and 4 and all five are named: John, Marino, the quarterbacks coach, Gifford, and Tom. Either Marino or Tom has been with the Smashers 2 years (9). If Marino had 2 years experience and John then 4 (1), by clue 5, Payton wouldn't be Tom since Ray would be Marino and the running backs coach would be a sixth coach named; Payton would be the quarterbacks coach. Again, Ray couldn't be Marino or there would be six coaches; Ray would be Gifford. Then by clues 4 and 5, Payton wuld have 10, Ray 5, and Tom 4 years with the team--but Tom and John would have the same length of service, no. So, Marino hasn't been Smashers coach the 2 years; Tom has, and Gifford and the quarterbacks coach have been Smashers assistants 4 and 8 years. If Payton in clue 5 were the quarterbacks coach, Ray would be Marino with 3 years tenure, and Tom would coach the running backs. By clue 3, Tom would be Brown, which he isn't (8). Payton is John. If Ray were Gifford, John would have 9, Marino 4 1/2, and the running backs coach 3 years with the team--six coaches. If Ray were the quarterbacks coach, John would have 13, Marino 6 1/2, and the running backs coach 7 years with the team--six coaches. Ray is Marino. By clues 1 and 5, then John Payton is a 10-year and Ray Marino a 5-year assistant and Gifford is the running backs coach. Gifford is Brett (7) and the quarterbacks coach Marvin. Marvin is Brown (8) and Tom Olsen. John coaches the linebackers (3). Tom Olsen coaches the wide receivers and Ray Marino the defensive linemen (2). In sum, the five Smashers assistants are

  • John Payton, linebackers, 10 years
  • Marvin Brown, quarterbakcs, 8 years
  • Ray Marino, defensive linemen, 5 years
  • Brett Gifford, running backs, 4 years
  • Tom Olsen, wide receivers, 2 years

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