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Logic Puzzle #1 - William Adams Estate

Poor old William, he never could keep straight which of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren had married which lady, and now it was time that he had better get his final wishes in writing. Of course he could ask his son, John.  If only he'd come out of that coma! No use trying to find Margaret. She ran off with the postman after Harry died.  William Adams had kept in touch and up-to-date on family news through Dicky but he had no idea where Margaret's other two sons were now.  To poor old William it seemed as though the three grandchildren had scattered their families to the ends of the earth.  Yet, he did remember vividly each of his nine in-laws. Each lady possessed her own unique and eccentric character which had left an indelible impression upon William. He also remembered that, of the three grandchildren, Richard, who married widow Taylor, had somehow managed to make the most fortuitous marriage. Too bad she cries so much.

That night before retiring for bed, William Adams sat at his writing desk to make a few notes for his solicitor. Poor old William didn't survive the night. And now his solicitor must attempt to sort out William's final wishes.

Based on the notes that William's solicitor found on the writing desk can you untangle the family tree and determine which of William's possessions each man is to receive and the particular quality of each man's wife which William so vividly recalled?

A note to my solicitor:

  • there are four named William and 3 named Simon, 1 Richard and 1 John
  • each of my three grandsons had two sons
  • one of the Williams married Amy and another married Elizabeth Frisby, the humourist
  • Mary Fugler is the sister-in-law of Elizabeth Frisby
  • there are 3 Carter girls, 2 are sisters one of whom is called Margaret and their niece, Isabel.  Despite the fact that the 2 sisters grew up in France, Margaret can neither cook nor paint.

As to my worldy possessions please see to it that the following are given.  Everything else is to be split up amongst them all.

1. To William, all my bonds and debentures and to his son who married the sickly one $5,000 - he'll need it! Her name is not Epps.

2. To William, son of Richard, my gold pocket watch.

3. To my grandson, one bible. That'll give Bridget some real thing to cry about.

4. All of my family portraits to Billy, the son of the Thomasine who, unlike her sister, is a true artiste.

5. To the husband of Amy Thomson - beautiful, beautiful Amy - my writing desk.  And to Simon, his brother, who married his cousin, my long-departed wife's diamond bracelet.

6. My Italian curio cabinet is to go to John and my French carriage clock to his uncle Simon to put on the piano. That way I know neither one will be damaged by Jane's cats. I don't remember who Simon married but it wasn't Dorothy Philpot.  Dorothy isn't sickly but that horrible cheese she makes sure makes one think that she is.


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