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Gearing Up for Soccer
Beckham buys new soccer gear and hits the Food Court at the mall.
February 19, 2007
Neither Champions (clue 3), the Locker Room (4), nor SF Gear (9) was the 1st store Brett Beckham visited during Saturday's shopping trip, so Super Bowl Sports or Mike's Sporting Goods was. By clue 10, Brett was in Super Bowl Sports. then had a pepperoni pizza from Mama Mia's, and then bought a sweatshirt. Therefore, Super Bowl Sports was the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th mall sports store in which Brett bought an item, and the store where he purchased a sweatshirt was the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th stop respectively, with the consumption of a pepperoni pizza in between. If Super Bowl Sports had been the 4th store visited, Mike's Sporting Goods would have been 1st. Since Brett didn't buy shorts at Mike's Sporting Goods (5), by clue 9, the shorts would have been bought at the 2nd store visited, Brett would have purchased something at SF Gear 3rd, and the pretzel would have been the 3rd Food Court item he ate. By clue 8, Brett would have eaten French fries just before he was in SF Gear--a conflict with clue 3. Super Bowl Sports wasn't the 4th store in which Brett bought soccer gear. If Super Bowl Sports had been the 3rd store visited, Mike's Sporting Goods would have been 1st. By clue 5, Brett didn't get the shorts at Mike's Sporting Goods. Then SF Gear would have been the 4th store visited (9), with Brett buying a sweatshirt there (10)--no (6). So, Super Bowl Sports wasn't the 3rd store visited. If it had been the 2nd store Brett was in Saturday, Mike's Sporting Goods would have been the 1st. The cinnamon roll (7), French fries (8), and pizza (10) then wouldn't have been the 1st food Brett consumed, so the pretzel would have been--but this would contradict clue 9. Therefore, Super Bowl Sports was the 1st store Brett was in on Saturday, with the pepperoni pizza the Food Court item he enjoyed right after the Super Bowl Sports buy and the sweatshirt being his 2nd purchase (10). By clue 6, Brett didn't buy the sweatshirt at SF Gear; therefore, the pretzel wasn't the 2nd thing Brett ate (9). The cinnamon roll also wasn't the 2nd thing Brett ate (1), so the French fries were, followed immediately by the visit to Champions (3) as the 3rd store Brett visited on his shopping trip. By clue 9, then, SF Gear was the 4th store Brett was in; and that visit was followed immediately by a pretzel from Uncle Hughie's. By elimination, Brett ate the cinnamon roll between his visits to Champions and SF Gear. Mike's Sporting Goods was the 5th store Brett visited, and the Locker Room was the 2nd store he was in (8). Then the first item of soccer gear Brett bought was new cleats (4). He bought new shorts at Champions (9), bought shin guards at SF Gear (2), and finally got a new headband at Mike's Sporting Goods. In sum, Brett Beckham's Saturday shopping trip to gear up for soccer was as follows:

  • cleats, Super Bowl Sports
  • ------ pepperoni pizza -------
  • sweatshirt, Locker Room
  • ------ French fries ---------
  • shorts, Champions
  • ------ cinnamon roll -------
  • shin guards, SF Gear
  • ------ pretzel --------
  • head band, Mike's Sporting Goods

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