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Logic Problem: The Talent Show

Eight members of the P-mag staff participated in a talent show. Can you suss up how it went?

At the most recent Persephone Magazine staff meeting/wine & cheese party, eight brave members of the team delighted the crowd with their amazing talents, wearing ball gowns they whipped up themselves, Project Runway style. The contestants were Alyson, Sara H., Marena, Freckle, Juniper, Liza, QueSarahSarah, and Coco. The gowns were made of tiny disco balls, feather boas, Star Wars action figures, sparklers, Lisa Frank stickers, bow ties, pomegranates, and party favors. The talents were juggling fire batons, demonstrating cold fusion, solving crime, making wine, yodeling, playing the theramin, a one-person band, and a unicorn tamer. Each act also included a song, either as the performance or as a soundtrack, including “Shoop,” “Istanbul (not Constantinople),” “Q.U.E.E.N.,” “Toxic,” the theme song to Game of Thrones, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” “Royals,” and “Space Oddity.”

From the following clues, can you determine which Persephoneer performed what talent, what they wore, what music played, and the order in which they performed?

  1. The three editors wore ball gowns made of tiny disco balls, pomegranates, and party favors.
  2. Two of the three people who performed musical talents were Alyson and the person in the ball gown made of Lisa Frank stickers.
  3. The person who used “Toxic” as a soundtrack isn’t the one who yodeled.
  4. Four of the first five performances are Coco, the person who used “Istanbul (not Constantinople)”, the person in the ball gown made of bow ties, and the one whose talent is cold fusion.
  5. The one who used “Shoop,” who isn’t QueSarahSarah, didn’t perform second. The person in the ball gown made of Star Wars action figures didn’t use “Shoop”, and didn’t perform first or second.
  6. The person in the ball gown made of sparklers also didn’t perform first or second, and didn’t use “Toxic” or “Shoop.”
  7. Juniper, the person who used “Royals,” the participant whose talent was a one-person band, and the unicorn tamer appeared in consecutive order – just not the one I listed here.
  8. Alyson, the contestant who used “Q.U.E.E.N.”, the person who played the Theremin, and the person who wore a ball gown made of Star Wars action figures appeared in consecutive order – just not the one I listed here.
  9. The person who used the theme from Game of Thrones and the person who twirled fire batons were separated by one performer, but not necessarily in the order presented here.
  10. The person who used “Space Oddity” appeared at some point earlier than Alyson, who appeared at some point before the person wearing a ball gown made of tiny disco balls, who performed at some point before the person who played the Theremin, who appeared at some point before QueSarahSarah, who appeared at some point before the one who used “Toxic,” who performed before the person in the ball gown made of party favors.
  11. The one who used “Istanbul (not Constantinople)” appeared at some point before Marena, who appeared at some point before the one who made wine, who appeared at some point before Freckle.

 

Order Persephoneer Soundtrack Act Ball Gown
First
Second
Third
Fourth
Fifth
Sixth
Seventh
Eighth

 


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Order Name Soundtrack Act Ball Gown
First Sara H. “Space Oddity” fire batons bow ties
Second Alyson “Istanbul (not Constantinople)” yodeling feather boas
Third Marena Theme from Game of Thrones cold fusion Star Wars action figures
Fourth Coco “Q.U.E.E.N.” unicorn tamer tiny disco balls
Fifth Juniper “Blame it on the Bossa Nova” Theremin sparklers
Sixth QueSarahSarah “Royals” wine maker pomegranates
Seventh Freckle “Toxic” one-person band Lisa Frank stickers
Eighth Liza “Shoop” solves crime party favors

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By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

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