If Jaguar is not included in the display, which one of the following could be true?

Anna on February 25, 2020

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Can you please explain how the answer is B?

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Shunhe on February 25, 2020

Hi @annaj,

Thanks for the question! Let’s say that J isn’t included in the display. That means out of the kittens, we can pick F and G/H (rule 3). We know that we can’t only pick one kitten, since the first and fifth pens both have kittens, so we’re going to pick 2 kittens and 3 dogs.

We know that the kittens will be in the first and last pens (rule 1). We can thus eliminate (A), since that’s a case of a kitten not in one of those pens.

Now, out of the puppies, we know we can’t pick W, since that would pick a kitten (G) in pen 2; this lets us eliminate (E). So we know that the puppies we pick will be R, S, and T, and we know that T is in the third pen because of rule 2, allowing us to eliminate (C) and (D). By process of elimination, we know that the correct answer is (B). Indeed,

F R/S T S/R H

complies with the hypothetical and the rules of the game.

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.

Anna on February 26, 2020

This was very helpful, thank you so much!

Shunhe on May 2, 2020

Glad I could help!