←Cats, Dogs & Kangaroos Logic Puzzle
Kangaroos have infiltrated the Happy Sunshine Dog and Cat Funland and are wreaking havoc! Can you please help poor Mrs. Peabody (whose vision is not what it used to be) restore order by sorting out the Cats (C), Dogs (D), and Kangaroos (K)? Adjacent includes diagonals. This quiz can be done without any guessing.
The first clue tells us Fabio and Harley must be cats, otherwise some of the 3 cats would be adjacent.
The next few clues tell us the species of Fivel, Boris, Fluffy, and Mickey.
Mickey tells us Yellow is his brother (a fellow kangaroo). From Fabio, we know that two cats other than Fivel (who is not Sunny’s offspring) must be adjacent to each other in Column 2. From the spaces left, we know that Shadow must be one of them (and thus a cat).
Since Mickey told us Yellow is surrounded by the same species, Grover and Max must be cats like Shadow.
Since Fluffy told us animals with names starting with G are relatives, and Grover is a cat, we know that Griffin, Gladys, and Gregor must also be cats.
From Griffin, we know that Peanut must be one of 2 adjacent dogs in column 1. From Gladys we know that Olive must also be a dog, given her common food name.
We can also prove that Nemo is a dog, since Sunny tells us that he can’t be a cat, and Grover tells us that he can’t be a kangaroo, since that would make him adjacent to another kangaroo (Mickey).
Jackson must be a dog, since Olive tells us more than 2 of the same species can’t be adjacent in the same column. Jackson can’t be a kangaroo because he is adjacent to Mickey, another kangaroo.
Jackson tells us Griffin is adjacent to 2 cats and 1 dog. We know Ruby can’t be a dog since that would put 3 dogs adjacent in column 5, so Ruby is a cat.
From Max we know that no dogs are diagonally adjacent from corners, so Zeppo must be a cat. That leaves Rain as a dog.
Zeppo tells us there are no kangaroos in column 3, and Yellow tells us there are only 2 cats in column 3. The rest of column 3 must be dogs.
Nicky tells us 3 kangaroos have names ending in “y”. So Lily and Holly must be kangaroos along with Mickey.
We know from Peanut that Trooper can’t be a kangaroo, since Benson is not a cat. Sunny told us Trooper can’t be a cat. Therefore Trooper is a dog.
We need one more kangaroo to total the 5 told us by Rain. Rocco can’t be a kangaroo since he is adjacent to Holly. That leaves Jack as the final Kangaroo, and Rocco as the 2nd dog to fill out the column 1 requirements.