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No knowledge of the Canterbury Tales should be needed to complete this puzzle, and I apologise to Chaucer fans in advance. Adjacent includes diagonal squares, as does direct line.
The setting is the Tabard Inn, on a rainy April day. You, Geoffrey Chaucer, are looking for a group of pilgrims who will tell you stories so that you can write them down and make a fortune.
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A 'Canterbury Tales' Tale: A Logic Puzzle Quiz
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Dec 9th, 2012 at 15:48 GMT
I LOVE this puzzle (especially the way all the pilgrims are in character!), but I think it needs a few more minutes -- maybe bump the time up to 15?
Dec 9th, 2012 at 16:54 GMT
More time would be great - I almost ran out, I don't see why it shouldn't be 20. There was no way for me to place the Yeoman in his position rather than in the Monk's -- the clue in C4 doesn't say anything about which of the two positions he could be in. Maybe say that the Yeoman is in the row directly below?
Dec 9th, 2012 at 16:58 GMT
Thanks for the comments. For the Yeoman, the clue in B7 should clear up the dilemma. I'll increase the time though.
Dec 11th, 2012 at 22:05 GMT
I'm admittedly relatively ignorant of the Tales, but what does the WoB have to do with textiles?
Dec 12th, 2012 at 02:32 GMT
I count more than 25+3 people. Does the skipper not count? How about the Host?
Dec 12th, 2012 at 06:59 GMT
A2 isn't really one of the pilgrims (apparently he weighed the rest of them, and measured them, and found them wanting). medievalista, feel free to ignore this suggestion if you want, but...could you require a few more letters before "carpet maker" triggers the mine for "carpenter"? I made a typo (missed the "n") and blew up. :D
Dec 12th, 2012 at 07:30 GMT
I was too dense to realize the clue in C6 meant I should type in "Food" in the appropriate square until time was almost out. I also think you should go ahead and make it 20 minutes. Still, perhaps my favorite logic puzzle so far. LOVE LOVE LOVE that it didn't require any knowledge not contained within the quiz.
Dec 12th, 2012 at 08:15 GMT
Thanks for all the comments. Alastor, I apologise, that is one bit of knowledge that isn't strictly speaking in the quiz, but as you must have already got WoB by the time you get to the textiles clue I hope it is forgivable. The relevant text is: 'At making cloth she had so great a bent/ She bettered those of Ypres and even of Ghent'. MikeN - Chaucer's own numbering baffles me, but there should be 28, plus the Host, plus the extra one who won't play. Goseaward - I feel your pain, and will fix that! I had a similar problem getting Nun and Nun's Priest to work.
Dec 12th, 2012 at 13:53 GMT
I've done most of the logic quizzes on Sporcle and I think this is the best of the lot! I will be hugely impressed if anyone does it at the first attempt. I got hopelessly stuck on 13 and realised with 25 seconds to go how cleverly two of the clues in the same column interacted. I then tried again and blew myself up at 18 having mistakenly assumed that two characters stated to be adjacent to another character were also adjacent to each other. At least I'm getting the hang of the wording.
Dec 14th, 2012 at 03:14 GMT
This is absolutely fantastic. Great job.
Dec 14th, 2012 at 19:01 GMT
I love this. Brilliant take on logic puzzles and the Tales. I did make a silly mistake, following the clue from C1, and began typing "nun's priest" in the square for the priest, and of course it blew up because "nun" was an incorrect answer. Might there be some way to rephrase to avoid that mistake?
Mar 20th, 2013 at 14:57 GMT
Great game and in the true spirit of the book. I wonder if a second level of mystery could be added in the form of a "who done it" worded into the clues?
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