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OUTLAWS - A Non Grid-Type Logic Problem by Roger Burden

Back when Robin Hood lived in Sherwood Forest, robbing the rich and helping the poor, a number of other outlaws infested Cornard Woods, robbing everybody and keeping the loot. On one occasion, an unhappy party of merchants found themselves at a crossroads, with one gang waiting for them on each of the roads! From the clues, can you fill in on the map below the forename and cognomen (that’s the second part of his name; for example Richard the Lionheart’s cognomen was “the Lionheart”) of each outlaw, and the number of men in his gang?

1.     The man known as “the Weasel” had 10 men in his gang.

2.     Drogo and his gang were waiting on the next path clockwise from the one where “the Snake” was lurking.

3.     Gerbert the Fox’s outlaw band was smaller than that of the man whose cognomen was “the Snake”.

4.     The outlaw called “the Wildcat” lay in ambush on path 1.

5.     Watt led a gang of 12 men; Adelard and his men weren’t on path 2.

CATEGORIES.

Forenames:  Adelard, Drogo, Gerbert, Watt.

Cognomens:  the Fox, the Snake, the Weasel, the Wildcat.

Numbers of Men: 10, 12, 14, 15.

                                         

                                                 Name:…………..

                                           Cognomen:…………

                                           No. of Men:……..

                                                         Path 2

       Name:…………                                       Name:……………..

Cognomen:…………           Path 1                                  Path 3         Cognomen:…………. 

No. of Men:……….                                                                            No. of Men:………….

                                                                    

                                                            Path 4

                                                 Name:…………..

                                                 Cognomen:…………

                                                 No. of Men:……….

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OUTLAWS  -  SOLUTION.

The Weasel had 10 men in his gang (10), so, from clue 3, Gerbert the Fox can’t have had 10 or 15 men in his gang. Watt had 12 in his gang (5), so Gerbert the Fox must have had 14. Thus, from clue 3, the Snake must have had 15 men in his gang, which leaves Watt, leader of the 12 men, as the Wildcat, who lay in ambush on path 1 (4). The Snake wasn’t Drogo (2), so must have been Adelard, leaving Drogo as the Weasel. His gang can’t have been waiting on path 2 (2), nor was this where Adelard the Snake’s men lay in wait (5), so Gerbert the Fox and his 14 men must have been on path 2. Now, from clue 2, Drogo the Weasel’s gang must have waited on path 4 and Adelard the Snake’s men on path 3.

IN SUMMARY
1, Watt the Wildcat, 12 men.

2, Gerbert the Fox, 14 men.

3, Adelard the Snake, 15 men.

4, Drogo the Weasel, 10 men.