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Tiptoe Through the Tulips
... surrounding Tulip Lake in Tulip City Park.
May 1, 2006
From the introduction, the clues give the 10 tulip gardens surrounding Tulip Lake along Tulip Walk in clockwise order, with each garden having a statue of a different Tulip City luminary and a different tulip hybrid in it. By clue 1, the Celebration garden is just before the statue of the painter, which immediately precedes the monument to Harriet Slater on the walk; while by clue 5, the state senator's memorial is followed immediately by the statue of Wilhelmina Shelley and then the King Midas tulips. Since Harriet Slater wasn't the senator (clue 14), since the painter isn't Wilhelmina Shelley (10), and since the statue of Wilhelmina Shelley isn't in the garden with the Celebration tulips (9), six different gardens are named between the two clues. By clue 16, three consecutive gardens are the one with the Daniel Walker statue, the one with the Swan Wings tulips, and the one dedicated to the jazz musician born in Tulip City. Since the musician wasn't Harriet Slater (2), since the musician's statue isn't in the garden with the Celebration tulips (9) and since the statue of Harriet Slater isn't in the Swan Wings bed (14), clue 16 does not overlap with clue 1. Since the jazz artist's statue isn't in the garden with the King Midas tulips (2), since the senator's statue isn't in the same bed as the Swan Wings tulips (14), and since the statue of Daniel Walker isn't among the King Midas tulips (19), there is also no overlap between clue 16 and clue 5. Therefore, among clues 1, 5, and 16, nine of the 10 gardens are named in three sets of three gardens located consecutively clockwise along Tulip Walk: the Celebration garden, the garden with the statue of the painter in it, and the bed where the Harriet Slater memorial is situated (1); the garden where the state senator's statue is, the one where the statue of Wilhelmina Shelley sits, and the garden with the King Midas tulips (5); and the garden where Daniel Walker's statue is placed, the Swan Wings garden, and the garden where the jazz musician is commemorated (16). If we arbitrarily start with the gardens in clue 1, then either the gardens in clue 5 must follow immediately or follow with one intervening bed along Tulip Walk or the gardens in clue 16 must follow immediately or follow with one intervening bed along the path around Tulip Lake. Trying the latter possibility, we will first test the gardens in clue 16 following immediately after those in clue 1 and then test the gardens in clue 16 following those in clue 1 with one garden in between. In the first case, these gardens would be in consecutive clockwise order around Tulip Lake: 1st) the Celebration tulips, 2nd) the painter's statue, 3rd) the statue of Harriet Slater, 4th) the statue of Daniel Walker, 5th) the Swan Wings tulips, and 6th) the statue of the jazz artist. Then the three gardens in clue 5 would follow those in clue 16 either immediately or with one intervening garden. In the first instance, the garden with the statue of the jazz musician would be followed next by the garden with the senator's memorial (7th), then by the one with the statue of Wilhelmina Shelley (8th), and then by the garden with the King Midas tulips (9th) in it. The 10th garden would be between the one with the King Midas tulips and the one with the Celebration tulips in clue 1. Adding clue 12, where the Fancy Frills garden is followed by the one with the police chief's statue and then by the one with Walter Harding's statue in it, to what we have, the information in clue 12 itself makes it impossible for the Fancy Frills gardens to be 2nd or 6th. Since the garden with the statue of Walter Harding was first opened in 1958 (12) and the bed of Swan Wings tulips in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills tulip bed wouldn't be 3rd. Since the garden with the police chief's statue was opened in 1969 (18) and the Swan Wings garden in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills tulip garden wouldn't be 4th. The police chief wasn't Wilhelmina Shelley and the police chief's statue isn't among the King Midas tulips (18), so the Fancy Frills gardens wouldn't be 7th or 8th. Finally, since the painter wasn't Walter Harding (6), the Fancy Frills gardens wouldn't have been 10th. Therefore, the three gardens in clue 5 couldn't immediately follow when those in clues 1 and 16 are consecutive. In the second instance of those in clue 5 being the 8th (senator's statue), 9th (Wilhelmina Shelley's statue), and 10th (King Midas tulips), the Fancy Frills gardens in clue 12 couldn't fit 2nd or 7th given the clue itself. Since the bed containing the statue of Walter Harding opened in 1958 (12) and that with the Swan Wings tulips in it opened in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills garden wouldn't be 3rd. Since the garden with the police chief's statue was opened in 1969 (18) and the Swan Wings garden in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills tulip garden wouldn't be 4th. Since the senator wasn't Walter Harding (17), the Fancy Frills tulip garden wouldn't be 6th. The police chief wasn't Wilhelmina Shelley and the police chief's statue wasn't among the King Midas tulips (18), so the Fancy Frills gardens also wouldn't be 8th or 9th. Therefore, the three gardens in clue 5 couldn't follow with one intervening garden when those in clues 1 and 16 are consecutive. So, the three gardens in clue 16 cannot immediately follow the three in clue 1 clockwise around Tulip Lake. In the second case where the three in clue 16 follow those in clue 1 with one intervening garden, the gardens would be in clockwise order around Tulip Lake: 1st) the Celebration tulips, 2nd) the painter's statue, 3rd) the statue of Harriet Slater, 5th) the statue of Daniel Walker, 6th the Swan Wings tulips, and 7th) the statue of the jazz artist. Again because clue 5 doesn't overlap with either clue 1 or clue 16, the three gardens in clue 5 would have to be the 8th (senator's statue), 9th (Wilhelmina Shelley's statue), and 10th (King Midas tulips) ones. Adding clue 12 to what we have, the information in clue 12 itself makes it impossible for the Fancy Frills gardens to be 3rd or 7th. Since the painter's statue isn't in with the Fancy Frills tulips (6), the Fancy Frills garden wouldn't be 2nd. Since the garden with the statue of Walter Harding was first opened in 1958 (12) and the bed of Swan Wings tulips in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills tulip bed wouldn't be 4th. Since the garden with the police chief's statue was opened in 1969 (18) and the Swan Wings garden in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills tulip garden wouldn't be 5th. Finally, since the police chief wasn't Wilhelmina Shelley and the police chief's statue isn't among the King Midas tulips (18), the Fancy Frills gardens also wouldn't be 8th or 9th. Therefore, the three gardens in clue 5 couldn't follow with one intervening garden when those in clues 1 and 16 are in order with one intervening garden between them. Therefore, the three gardens in clue 16 cannot follow the three in clue 1 clockwise around Tulip Lake and those in clue 5 must--either immediately or with one garden between them. Trying the latter case, we would have the gardens in clues 1 and 5 around Tulip Lake as follows: 1st) the Celebration tulips, 2nd) the painter's statue, 3rd) the statue of Harriet Slater, 5th) the senator's statue, 6th) the statue of Wilhelmina Shelley, and 7th) the King Midas tulips. The three gardens in clue 16 would then be 8th) the statue of Daniel Walker, 9th) the Swan Wings tulips, and 10th) the statue of the jazz artist. Adding clue 12 to what we have, the information in clue 12 itself makes it impossible for the Fancy Frills gardens to be 4th or 6th. Since the painter's statue wasn't among the Fancy Frills tulips (6), the Fancy Frills gardens wouldn't have been 2nd. Since the senator wasn't Walter Harding (17), the Fancy Frills tulip garden wouldn't be 3rd. Since the police chief wasn't Wilhelmina Shelley, the Fancy Frills gardens also wouldn't be 5th. Since the garden with the police chief's statue was opened in 1969 (18) and the Swan Wings garden in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills tulip garden wouldn't be 8th. Finally, since the painter wasn't Walter Harding (6), the Fancy Frills gardens wouldn't have been 10th. So, there can be no intervening garden between those in clues 1 and 5 and the gardens in clues 1 and 5 are in consecutive order around Tulip Lake as follows: 1st) the Celebration tulips, 2nd) the painter's statue, 3rd) the statue of Harriet Slater, 4th) the senator's statue, 5th) the statue of Wilhelmina Shelley, and 6th) the King Midas tulips. The three gardens in clue 16 must follow these six either next or with one intervening garden. Trying the one intervening garden, then the three gardens in clue 16 would lie as follows: 8th) the statue of Daniel Walker, 9th) the Swan Wings tulips, and 10th) the statue of the jazz artist. Adding clue 12 to what we have, the information in clue 12 itself makes it impossible for the Fancy Frills gardens to be 3rd. Since the senator wasn't Walter Harding (17), the Fancy Frills tulip garden wouldn't be 2nd. The police chief wasn't Wilhelmina Shelley and the police chief's statue wasn't among the King Midas tulips (18), so the Fancy Frills gardens wouldn't be 4th or 5th. Since the garden with the statue of Walter Harding was first opened in 1958 (12) and the bed of Swan Wings tulips in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills tulip bed wouldn't be 7th. Since the garden with the police chief's statue was opened in 1969 (18) and the Swan Wings garden in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills tulip garden wouldn't be 8th. Finally, since the painter wasn't Walter Harding (6), the Fancy Frills gardens wouldn't have been 10th. The three gardens in clue 16 could not follow those in clues 1 and 5 with an intervening garden, so the three gardens in clue 16 are in clockwise order 7th) the statue of Daniel Walker, 8th) the Swan Wings tulips, and 9th) the statue of the jazz artist around Tulip Lake. Adding clue 12 to this, the information in clue 12 itself makes it impossible for the Fancy Frills gardens to be 3rd or 5th. Since the senator wasn't Walter Harding (17), the Fancy Frills tulip garden couldn't be 2nd. The police chief wasn't Wilhelmina Shelley, so the Fancy Frills gardens couldn't be 4th. Since the garden with the police chief's statue was opened in 1969 (18) and the Swan Wings garden in 2003 (3), the Fancy Frills tulip garden couldn't be 7th. Finally, since the painter wasn't Walter Harding (6), the Fancy Frills gardens wouldn't have been 10th. The Fancy Frills tulips were in the 9th garden with the statue of the jazz legend, with the police chief's statue in the 10th bed and Walter Harding's statue among the Celebration tulips in the 1st garden. Since the Olympic marathoner's statue isn't in the bed with the King Midas or Celebration tulips (15), by clue 7, the marathoner's statue is among the Swan Wings tulips and Benjamin Goldsmith's in the bed of King Midas tulips. By clue 8, the celebrated author was Wilhelmina Shelley and the philanthropist was Benjamin Goldsmith. Since author Wilhelmina Shelley's statue isn't in the Pillow Talk tulip garden (11), by clue 20, the inventor was Walter Harding, Ambrose Millstone was the painter, and Harriet Slater's statue sits among the Pillow Talk tulips. By clue 13, the educator was Harriet Slater, Robert Tipton was the state senator, and the Morning Glow tulip garden has author Wilhelmina Shelley's statue in it. By elimination, Daniel Walker was the explorer. By clue 4, the Blushing Lady garden has the painter's statue in it, with the Orange Dynasty tulip bed home to Robert Tipton's statue. By clue 21, Charles Parkinson was the noted jazz artist, and the police chief's statue is in the Banja Luka garden. By elimination, the Queen of the Night tulips surround the explorer's monument. Finally, by clue 22, Thomas Bankhead was chief of police and Janet O'Brien the Olympic marathon gold medalist. In sum, the tulip gardens surround Tulip Lake in clockwise order:

  • Celebration tulips, inventor Walter Harding
  • Blushing Lady tulips, painter Ambrose Millstone
  • Pillow Talk tulips, educator Harriet Slater
  • Orange Dynasty tulips, state senator Robert Tipton
  • Morning Glow tulips, author Wilhelmina Shelley
  • King Midas tulips, philanthropist Benjamin Goldsmith
  • Queen of the Night tulips, explorer Daniel Walker
  • Swan Wings tulips, Olympic champion Janet O'Brien
  • Fancy Frills tulips, jazz musician Charles Parkinson
  • Banja Luka tulips, police chief Thomas Bankhead

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