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Trading Transformers Cards
Five friends swap cards of the movie hit's robot characters.
July 23, 2007
From the introduction, no two of the boys ended up simply exchanging Transformers cards. By clue 1, the Transformers card Kevin brought ended up in the possession of the boy who traded away the Megatron card. By clue 3, the Vaughn boy's Transformers double ended up in the possession of the boy who traded away the Optimus Prime card. So, Kevin and the Vaughn boy are two different boys. Since the Vaughn boy didn't have the Megatron card to start with (clue 1), the boy who had the Megatron double is a third friend to Kevin and the Vaughn boy. Similarly, since Kevin didn't trade away the Optimus Prime card (10), the boy who started with the Optimus Prime card is a fourth Transformers fan to the three already named. By clue 11, the boy who traded away the Bumblebee card ended up with the Megatron card. Since Kevin's card ended up with the boy who brought the Megatron card (1), from the introduction, Kevin didn't end up with the Megatron card, or the two boys would have simply exchanged Transformers cards. So, the boy in clue 11 is either the fifth one to the four already enumerated or is the Vaughn boy. If he were the fifth boy, Kevin's Transformers card double would have gone to the boy who started with the Megatron card (1) and the Vaughn boy's double would have gone to the boy who traded away the Optimus Prime card (3). Since Kevin didn't obtain the Optimus Prime card (10), the Optimus Prime card would have had to have gone home with the Vaughn boy--but then the Vaughn boy and the one who traded away the Optimus Prime card would have simply exchanged cards, contradicting the introduction. So, the Vaughn boy brought the Bumblebee card and acquired the Megatron card. The boy who started with the Optimus Prime card ended up with the Bumblebee card (3). Since Kevin's double went to the boy who traded away the Megatron card (1), the fifth boy's double went to Kevin and the fifth boy ended up with the Optimus Prime card. By clue 2, the Porter boy ended up with Nick's double, so the Porter boy didn't start with Megatron card or he would have gotten Kevin's double (1). The Porter boy didn't obtain the Optimus Prime card, since Nick didn't bring the Optimus Prime card (2). The Porter boy isn't Kevin (7). The Porter boy is the one who traded away the Optimus Prime card and got the Bumblebee card from Nick Vaughn (2). Neither the Wilson boy (6) nor the Riley boy (9) started with the Ironhide double, so the Tavares boy did. Since he didn't end up obtaining the Optimus Prime card (5), he is Kevin. The boy who brought the Megatron double took home the Ironhide card (1) and is the Riley boy (6). The Wilson boy traded away the Starscream card, which Kevin ended up acquiring. Jeff isn't Wilson (8) or Riley (9) and is Porter. By clue 4, Micah's last name is Wilson, and Ian's is Riley. The five boys swapped Transformers cards as follows:

  • Jeff Porter, Optimus Prime for Bumblebee
  • Ian Riley, Megatron for Ironhide
  • Kevin Tavares, Ironhide for Starscream
  • Micah Wilson, Starscream for Optimus Prime
  • Nick Vaughn, Bumblebee for Megatron

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