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Crab Feast
Four friends enjoy the Crab Shack's crustaceous fare.
April 3, 2006
From the introduction, the four diners sat at the sides of a square table. By clue 1, Henry sat directly opposite the man who ordered crab imperial. Henry did not order French fries (clue 10), so in clue 6, either Henry is Whiting or Whiting and the diner who had French fries are the other two to Henry and the crab imperial fan. If Henry were Whiting, the man who had crab imperial would also have had French fries (6). Henry didn't have the soft shell crabs (10), so by clue 2, Kenny would have ordered the crab imperial. By clue 7, however, Kenny isn't Bass--and there is no way for clue 3 to work given this arrangement. So, Whiting and the diner who had French fries (6) are the other two to Henry and the crab imperial fan in clue 1. Whiting sat to Henry's left or right. If Whiting had been seated to Henry's left, with the man who had French fries as his potato to Henry's right, Henry didn't have the soft shell crabs (10), so by clue 2, Kenny would have ordered the crab imperial. Since Ian isn't Whiting (11), he would have sat to Kenny's left and Kenny would be Bass (3)--no (7). So, in clue 6, Whiting sat to Henry's right with the man who had French fries as his potato to Henry's left. Henry didn't have the soft shell crabs (10), so by clue 2, Kenny would have ordered the crab imperial and Whiting the soft shell crabs. Ian isn't Whiting (11), so Ian had French fries with his crab entree. Jeffrey is Whiting. Henry is Bass (3). By clue 6, Whiting's vegetable choice wasn't broccoli. By clue 12, then, Ian didn't order crab au gratin; Henry had crab au gratin, and Ian enjoyed the Crab Shack's signature crab cakes. Kenny chose broccoli (12). Ian didn't have green beans with his crab cakes (4); by clue 9, Jeffrey had green beans and Henry mashed potatoes. By clue 8, Kenny is Trout; and Henry had red beets as his vegetable. By elimination, Ian is Mr. Salmon and had cauliflower. Finally, Jeffrey had scalloped potatoes and Kenny the baked potato (5). In sum, the four enjoyed the Crab Shack seated in clockwise order:

  • Henry Bass, crab au gratin, mashed potatoes, red beets
  • Ian Salmon, crab cakes, French fries, cauliflower
  • Kenny Trout, crab imperial, baked potato, broccoli
  • Jeffrey Whiting, soft shell crabs, scalloped potatoes, green beans

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