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Wednesday Puzzle: Secret Santa Logic

At the Persephone Magazine office holiday party, in between the recappers drinking too much champagne and starting an impromptu acapella version of “Istanbul (not Constantinople)” and Team Copy Edit photocopying themselves into doge memes (wow. so eggnog. much song. many tinsel.) , several members of the staff delivered their secret Santa gifts to the intended recipients. From the clues below, can you determine who gave what to whom, and in what order?


  1. The five gift exchanges are the TARDIS ride, the gift given to Coco, the gift given by Marena, the winery, and the one that happened second.
  2. The unicorn saddle was not given by Marena, and was not given to Coco or M.J.
  3. queSarahSarah gave her gift third; M.J. (who did not get the winery as a gift) did not get her gift first.
  4. The five recipients are Moretta, Sally J. (who received the Idris Elba cutout), the recipient who received their gift last, the one who received a gift from PoM, and the one who received a unicorn saddle.
  5. PoM’s gift was too big to wrap. Alyson and Sara’s gifts can be worn.



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  • First, Marena gave Sally J. a cutout of Idris Elba.
  • Second, Sara H. gave Selena a unicorn saddle.
  • Third, queSarahSarah gave Moretta a winery.
  • Forth, Pileofmonkeys gave M.J. a TARDIS ride.
  • Fifth, Alyson gave Coco a silk caftan.


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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