If Lewis orders pork chops, then which one of the following is a complete and accurate list of the entrees any one of...

on April 21, 2020

Veal

I can’t seem to rule out veal. Could someone help?

Ben on April 22, 2020

Hi Aaronwatt, thanks for the question.

To make this question more approachable through the message board. I'll just describe what inferences I think we should have in order to tackle this question effectively.

5 entrees being distributed to 6 people. (3 couples).

Men cant eat the same thing, and people cannot eat the same thing as their partner.

M orders S. O orders R. Both women. Those two are completely sorted.

J cannot order S or T. Not can N.

Considering there are only 5 entrees to choose from, J can only select from P, R, or V now. Same with N (because it has the same restriction).

But on top of J's restrictions, N is in a couple with O. O is assigned R and therefore N cannot order R as well.

So we are left with the following:

J can order P,R,V
L seems not to be limited
N can order P or V

K seems not to be limited.
M must order S.
O must order R.

If L now orders P, which is a complete and accurate list of the entrees any one of which John could order.

Let's show what we know.

J must order R (because P and V are already taken by L and N, respectively, who are men!)
L must order P
N must order V (because P is already taken by L who is another man)

K seems not to be limited.
M must order S.
O must order R.

This is how we know that John can only order the roast beef.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions!