The Future According to Madame Rhue
by Randall L. Whipkey
Last weekend, Heidi and four of her Jefferson High senior
friends paid a visit to Madame Rhue, who read their palms and
foretold their futures--albeit with somewhat less than
specific details. However, each of the five was allowed to
ask Madame Rhue one direct question with a "Yes"-"No" answer,
the reply to which would come from the prognosticator's
crystal ball with its 100% record of success. Can you read
the solution to this fortune-telling Logic Puzzle: each young
lady's full name (one last name is Walsh), the question she
poses to the palm reader, and the answer she gets from Madame
Rhue and her crystal ball?
- Both the senior who asked, "Will I get a 5 on the AP
Calculus exam?" and the one who asked, "Will I be
attending Stanford University next fall?" got "Yes"
answers from Madame Rhue.
- Kari isn't the one of the five who inquired, "I'm on
the Jefferson High girls basketball team. Will we win
the state championship this spring?"
- The session with Madame Rhue was the first palm reading
ever for Jana, for Miss Sanders-Scott, and for Miss
- The girl who asked, "I'm going to the Naval Academy in
Annapolis. Will I be an Admiral some day?" isn't Marcy.
- The five seniors seeking the future are Lisa, Miss
Trowbridge, the girl who asked Madame Rhue about the
basketball team, the one who inquired, "Do I have a
really good chance of being Prom Queen?", and the young
lady who is one of the two to have received a "No" reply
from the crystal ball.
- Miss Valley isn't the senior who asked about the AP
- Miss Sanders-Scott, who got a "No" from Madame Rhue
in reply to her inquiry, and the girl who asked whether
she would be an Admiral some day like to consult an old
Ouija board when they have doubts about their futures.
- Miss Usherwood, who isn't Lisa, isn't the young lady who
is worried about becoming Prom Queen.
- Kari, who isn't Miss Trowbridge, got an emphatic "Yes"
from Madame Rhue when she asked her question.
- Jana isn't the one concerned about her score on the
AP Caluclus examination.
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