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PrepTest 73, Game 1, Setup


Game one, the key phrase in this scenario for this game is the sequence of exactly five instrumental pieces. Since we're putting five things into a sequence, we can identify this as an ordering game or a sequencing game. So, for the sketch we're gonna need the same number of dashes or slots as we have things to put in order.

And we're gonna need a list of the things that we're putting in order. R, S, T, V and W. That's about all we can do before we go to the rules. The first rule indicates that S has to be earlier than V, which we can indicate with an S and then a dash and a V. S is in front of V.

The second rule and the third rule are a little bit more complicated. The second rule says that T has to be in front of R and S or after R and S. So we're gonna need to write both ways into our notes. T is in front of R and S, would be a T followed by RS with two dash lines, just like the s in front of V, but we also need to indicate the other way around. So T could come after both R and S.

So basically, the only thing that this rule blocks is T being in between R and S. And then rule three basically does the same thing with W, R and T. W has to be in front of R and T or it has to be after them. It can never be in between them. And that's about all we can do before we go on to the questions. Each of these rules would interact with at least one of the other rules, but there's still always gonna be a lot that's up in the air, no matter which two rules we choose to focus on at a time.

If you glance over at the questions, you can see that they're mostly local questions, a lot of ifs. That's a pretty good sign that most of the work of the game is gonna happen during those questions. We don't need a lot before we get to them. So, with that, we're gonna go on to the questions.

As always, tackle the solution questions and the local questions first, leaving global questions and weird things for later. Here, there's only one non local question. So we're gonna be going 1, 2, 3, 4, skip 5 to go to 6 and 7 and then come back to question 5.

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