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June 2007, Game 3, Question 16


By the time we hit question 16, you know the drill. It's a local question because it starts with a if. However, they do throw us a little change up here. Instead of a must be true or a could be true, they're asking for an accurate list of the spaces in week four and five. This is a local question, but it's also a partial solution question.

A solution question says show me everybody in weeks one through seven, a partial solution question pulls a couple of weeks out and asks about them instead of the whole. The best way to handle these is to rewrite your answers into the scratch paper, so that you can see the spaces that they're not mentioning. So I think we have seven spaces, in all of them, we're gonna place an M, and then we're gonna place whatever the answer choice says to place.

For example, as choice a, it'll be MGT. And then right underneath that, I'm just going to write all of the things that it could be. So now, on a partial solution question, most of the time just applying the rules will be enough to eliminate answer choices. So for example, we have a rule that says you can't have consecutive anything.

So that rule is gonna get rid of answer choice C. You can't have two Ms in a row. Now we also have another rule about M which says you have to have a G in between your two Ms, so that would kill answer choice E. Because it has a T in between the two ms. We also have a rule that says if you have a J you have to have a G in front of it.

Answer choice D has a T in front of it and answer choice B has an M in front of it. So the only answer choice it could be that is answer choice A. We could even fill in the rest of the things that would be an answer choice A. You know the last one has to be a T, you know that you have to have a GJ somewhere, so it'll have to be upfront, then that last one would have to be your second M. So it'd be GJMGTMT.

And now that we're done with the local questions, it's time to clean up with the global questions and any odd balls that are left over after that.

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