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Sid Slapdash Plays Santa Claus
Sid Slapdash doesn't last the first hour as Santa Claus.
December 5, 2008
By clues 2, 5, and 9, Jeremy, Emily, and Chad were the first three to sit on Sid's--er, Santa's--knee in some order. If Emily had been 1st and the Sparks child then 2nd (clue 5), since Jeremy isn't the Sparks child (10), Chad would be the Sparks child and 2nd on Sid's--er, Santa's--knee. Then Jeremy would have been 3rd with the child asking for an HDTV 4th and the 4-year-old 5th (2). However, there is no way for clue 4 to work given this arrangement. If Chad had been 1st and the 8-year-old then 2nd (9), since Emily isn't the 8-year-old (3), Jeremy would be the 8-year-old and 2nd on Sid's--er, Santa's--knee. Then Emily would have been 3rd with the Sparks child 4th and the child wanting a video camera 5th (5). However, there is no way for clue 1 to work given this arrangement. Therefore, Jeremy was 1st to get his wish "granted" by Sid--er, Santa--with the child asking for an HDTV then 2nd (2). The latter is either Emily or Chad. Trying Chad 2nd, 8-year-old (9) Emily would have been 3rd--no (3). So, Emily sat on Sid's--er, Santa's--knee 2nd and asked for an HDTV, with Chad Sparks then 3rd (5). By clue 9, the 8-year-old followed Chad; and the Decker child was 5th to talk to the bearded one. By clue 2, either Chad or the Decker child is the 4-year-old. If the Decker child were the 4-year-old, the Decker child would be Amanda (4), with Kristin then the 8-year-old. However, by clue 11, the Good child would be Emily--no (3). So, the 4-year-old in clue 2 is Chad. By clue 11, then, the Good child was 4th on Sid's--er, Santa's--knee; and the Decker child asked for a laptop. By clue 5, the Good child asked for a video camera. Then Amanda is the Decker and Kristin the Good child (1). By clue 7, Jeremy asked Sid--er, Santa--for a cell phone and Chad asked for an iPod. Jeremy's last name is Wilder (8) and Emily's Mason. Neither Emily (6) nor Jeremy (10) is the 5-year-old, so Amanda is. By clue 8, Emily is 7 and Jeremy 6. In sum, the first-and-only five children to sit on Sid--er, Saint--Nick's knee at Spacy's asked for too-big presents as follows:

  • 1st -- Jeremy Wilder, 6, cell phone
  • 2nd -- Emily Mason, 7, HDTV
  • 3rd -- Chad Sparks, 4, iPod
  • 4th -- Kristin Good, 8, video camera
  • 5th -- Amanda Decker, 5, laptop

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