Monday, November 22, 2010

A Fun Christmas Game

My mom had my siblings and our spouses do this after our holiday dinner last night. It was so much fun to see who could figure it out first! I love puzzles like this. 
 Oh Deer!
Can you find out where each deer fits in? With logical thought, you'll determine the answer and write down the color and place for each deer!
  • Who's a buck?
  • Who's a doe?
  • Who's Comet?
  • Who's Cupid?
  • Where are Donner and Blitzen?
  • Who's Dasher?
  • Who's Dancer?
  • Where are Vixen and Prancer?
'Twas the night before Christmas and at the North Pole, 
the last-minute planning was taking its toll. 
As Santa was hastily making a scheme
for placement of deer in his sleigh-pulling team,
the good Mrs. Claus was crocheting bright bows
to be worn by these reindeer - four bucks and four does.
The bows were colored in eight festive hues:
ocher, rose, cerise, chartruise, maroon, magenta, white, and blue.
These helped Santa keep track of who's who.
The deer pulled the toy-laden sleigh in four rows,
arranged so no row held two bucks or two does.
The order of pullers was changed year by year,
for Santa was thoroughly fair with his deer.
He summoned the elves and instructed them thus:
"Let's hitch up the reindeer with minimal fuss."
The bow on the buck behind Dasher is white,
while Blitzen, a doe, sees cerise to her right.
The blue bow is nearer the sleigh than is Dancer,
but nearer the front of my team than is Prancer.
The doe in Chartreuse gets a front-of-team honor,
but not on the same side as Cupid or Donner in blue.
Now, Comet stands two spots ahead of the rose.
And three deer of four on the right side are does.
The cerise bow is worn two in back of maroon,
one of which is beside the bright ocher festoon.
Vixen is girlish and behind Dancer.
Oh, Cupid in white is in front of a buck by the way.
That's how they line up for pulling the sleigh.

Good luck! 
I'll post the answers tomorrow!


Ladners'Latest said...

ok this makes my head hurt and I've run out of time to work on it. All I (think I) know is: On the left side we have Cupid(white)Dasher, Blitzen, and Donner(blue) but not in that order. And on the left Prancer, Dancer, Comet(cerise) and Vixen, but again not in that least I think?! Anxious to see how it works out.

Melissa Wilson said...

It was a really fun game!! Good idea to post it on here :)

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