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Solution to "A Day at the Zoo - a logic problem"

  • Alan Small, nachos, giraffes, stuffed animal
  • Beth Proctor, caramel apple, seals, activity set
  • Julia Brown, cotton candy, lions, poster
  • Mary MacGregor, fried dough, elephants, coloring book
  • Tom Cook, popcorn, monkeys, toy gun

Explanation: Alan's last name is Small. The Brown child got a poster, Beth got an activity set, and Mary got a coloring book. Since Tom didn't get a poster by elimination the Brown child is Julia. Beth didn't like the giraffes or the elephants best and one of the boys liked the monkeys best. Since Beth didn't like the lions by elimination, she liked the seals best. Tom got a toy gun and Julia got cotton candy. By elimination, Alan got the stuffed animal and the giraffes were his favorite animal. The monkeys were Tom's favorite and Alan got nachos. Julia didn't like the elephants so by elimination Mary liked the elephants and Julia liked the lions. Neither Mary nor Tom got a caramel apple, so by elimination Beth did. Since Tom didn't get fried dough, he got popcorn and Mary got fried dough. Mary's last name is MacGregor. Since Tom's last name isn't Proctor, Beth's last name is Proctor and Tom's last name is Cook.

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