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FAMILY PLOTS - A Non Grid-Type Logic Problem by Roger Burden

In the graveyard of the parish church are 19th tombstones commemorating four members of the Harding family, as shown below. From the clues given, can you fill in each man’s forename and occupation, and the year in which he died?

1.     Stone A marks the grave of Vincent Harding, who died some years before the blacksmith.

2.     Bernard Harding’s grave is between those of the carpenter and the man who died in 1822.

3.     Stone D is that of the miller, who died some years before Harold.

4.     Richard Harding’s gravestone stands next to that of the tailor.

CATEGORIES.

Forenames: Bernard, Harold, Richard, Vincent.

Occupations:  blacksmith, carpenter, miller, tailor.

Dates of Deaths:  1809, 1822, 1835, 1848.

                           A                  B                  C                 D

                                

Forename:       …………        …………        …………       …………

Occupation:     ………...        ………….       …………       …………

Date of Death:   ………..        ………….      ………….       ………….

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FAMILY PLOTS  -  SOLUTION.

Stone A is Vincent’s (1). Stone D can’t be Bernard’s (2), and isn’t Harold’s (3), so must be Richard’s. He was the miller (3), and, from clue 4, stone C must be the tailor’s. Vincent wasn’t the blacksmith (1), so must have been the carpenter. By elimination, stone B must be the blacksmith’s. From clue 2 he must have been Bernard, and stone C must, by elimination, be Harold, and he must have died in 1822 (2). So, from clue 3, Richard must have died in 1809, and, from clue 1, Vincent must have died in 1835 and Bernard in 1848.