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Bling Bling
Center Joe Jumpshot preps for his first pro season by buying bling bling.
August 28, 2006
By clue 2, Joe Jumpshot spent $10,000 more on the necklace than he did on the bling he bought at Tiffin's, on which he spent $10,000 more than the item he bought at the store on Payton Place; while by clue 6, Jumpshot paid $10,000 more for the chain than he did for the jewelry from the shop on 6th Ave. Between the two clues, either all five purchases are named or there is some overlap. Since no two items cost the same amount of money (intro), the only possible overlap between clues 2 and 6 is that the necklace came from the 6th Ave. store or that the chain was bought at the Payton Place shop. In either case, given that the least Jumpshot spent on any item was $10,000 (clue 10), between the two clues we would have amounts spent of $10,000, $20,000, $30,000, and $40,000 for a total of $100,000. However, Joe Jumpshot spent a total of $100,000 on all five items (10), leaving nothing for the fifth piece of jewelry. So, all five items are named between clues 2 and 6: the necklace, the item from Tiffin's, the bling bought on Payton Place, the chain, and the item purchased on 6th Ave. By clue 10, either the item bought at the Payton Place shop or the item bought from the shop on 6th Ave. cost the least, $10,000. If the item bought from the shop on 6th Ave. cost the $10,000, the chain would have cost $20,000 (6), leaving $70,000 for the items in clue 2. Letting the item of jewelry bought from the shop on Payton Place cost X, the Tiffin's purchase would have cost X + $10,000 and the necklace would have cost X + $20,000. Summing, 3X + $30,000 would equal $70,000 or 3X would equal $40,000. The three items would have cost $13,333.33, 23,333.33, and, $33,333.33--but there would then be no way to get a difference of $5,000 between two pieces of jewelry as required by clue 4. So, the $10,000 item came from the store on Payton Place, with the Tiffin's purchase costing Jumpshot $20,000 and the necklace selling for $30,000--leaving $40,000 for the two items of bling bling in clue 6. Letting the 6th Ave. shop's item cost X and the chain then X + $10,000, we would have 2X + $10,000 = $40,000, or 2X = $30,000. The item from the 6th Ave. store cost Jumpshot $15,000 and the chain cost him $25,000. By clue 4, the bracelet was bought at Tiffin's or at the shop on 6th Ave. If the bracelet were purchased at the 6th Ave. store, Regency Jewelers would be located on Payton Place (4). By clue 8, then, Jumpshot would have bought either the necklace or the chain at Harry Churchill. If the necklace were from Harry Churchill and the chain then came from the shop in the Metro Arcade (8), by clue 3, Tiffin's would be the store on Rodeo Road. However, there is no way for clue 9 to work given this arrangement. If the necklace were from Harry Churchill and Tiffin's were in the Metro Arcade (8), by clue 3, the chain would have come from Harry Churchill on Capote St.--no (1). Therefore, in clue 4, the bracelet was the item Joe Jumpshot bought at Tiffin's, and Regency Jewelry is on 6th Ave. By clue 8, then, Jumpshot would have bought either the necklace or the chain at Harry Churchill. If the chain were from Harry Churchill and Tiffin's were in the Metro Arcade (8), by clue 3, the chain would have come from Harry Churchill on Capote St.--no (1). So, in clue 8, Joe Jumpshot's Harry Churchill purchase was the necklace, and he bought the chain from the Metro Arcade shop (8). The latter is the J. Merlot Jewelers (7), with Sanborn & Son on Payton Place. Joe Jumpshot bought the anklet from Sanborn & Son and the earring from Regency Jewelers (5). Harry Churchill is on Capote St. and Tiffin's on Rodeo Road (3). In sum, Joe Jumpshot went bigtime on the bling bling as follows:

  • gold necklace from Harry Churchill, Capote St.
  • platinum chain from J. Merlot in the Metro Arcade
  • diamond bracelet from Tiffin's on Rodeo Road
  • pearl earring from Regency on 6th Ave.
  • silver anklet from Sanborn & Son on Payton Place

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