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Mega Einstein Riddle

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I wish to post a "zebra puzzle" (hard-grid puzzle or Einstein-type of riddle) with 16 houses and 20 variables. May I do so here? It's never been posted before as I have created this one myself.

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On 7/20/2016 at 0:45 PM, bonanova said:

Certainly. Let me know if you have any difficulty.

Thank you, Moderator Bonanova!

Clues to my "Mega Einstein Riddle" are attached here. The object is to resolve all placings with no repetition of variables. Please note that spellings are in UK English!

Have a good time would-be solvers!

Clues for Einstein Mega Riddle.docx

Edit, 11/9/2016:
Note that Clue 251 should refer to China, (and not to Kenya).

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Correction to Clue 251 requested by OP

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For convenience I'll post the puzzle here in text form.

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There are 16 houses painted in 16 different colours in a road (even numbers on one side and odd numbers on the other - see diagram). The houses were built on the side of a small hill with a slope having a gentle increase towards the higher-numbered houses. In each house lives a person with a different nationality, different occupation, and each was born under a certain zodiac sign. Since there are only 12 zodiac signs, four of them are obviously duplicated. The residents drive a different make of car with a distinct colour, listen to a certain music genre, have fun with a specific musical instrument and respect a particular flower. The inhabitants choose to visit assorted countries when going on vacation. Each of the 16 owners drinks a certain type of beverage, smokes a certain brand of cigarette, keeps a certain kind of pet/animal, and participates in, or follows, a sport of which none are the same. Each occupant also prefers a different kind of fundamental food, fruit, vegetable, and herb/spice, has a unique hobby, and enjoys an exclusive kind of board game.

      1    3    5    7     9    11    13    15                        
Left                                            Right                    
      2    4    6    8    10    12    14    16  
                     

Example:

The Icelander is an Aries-born electrician who stays in a rust-coloured house with street number 21. He drives an auburn Toyota, smokes Craven A and drinks root beer. His basic cuisine requirements are kidneys, grapes and persimmon, and he prefers anise as spice. This occupant plays a xylophone, listens to ska music and does photography as a hobby. The same owner also competes in, or follows, curling as a sport and plays Uno as a board game. Additionally, this resident keeps guinea pigs as pets, adores strelitzia flowers and visits Mexico when on holiday.

Clues

  1. The Alfa Romeo is parked at the khaki-coloured house
  2. The owner who flies to America lives in a house with an odd number
  3. Anemones are grown in house #7
  4. The owner who prefers oxtail is mad about apricots
  5. The Aquarius does not stay in an odd-numbered house
  6. The owner who visits Argentina cannot do without milk
  7. An Aries-born owner resides next to the coin collector
  8. The grey house is directly between those of the artist and architect
  9. The Aston Martin is parked at the house next to the magenta car
  10.  The athletics conqueror loves pears
  11. The owner of the Audi stays in an odd-numbered house
  12. The owner who travels to Australia drinks soda
  13. The azure Nissan is parked directly opposite the last even-numbered house
  14. The Backgammon player lives on the same side of the road as the Checkers player, but not next to the latter
  15. The do-it-yourself man is crazy about bananas
  16. The banjoist is an experienced Mahjong player
  17. The bank manager does not live in a house with an even number
  18. The owner who drinks barley lives in the house immediately to the right of the engineer
  19. Basketball and cycling are sporting activities for owners in the lowest even-numbered houses
  20. The bass guitarist is a skilled Scrabble player
  21. The owner who loves beef prefers beans
  22. The owner who drinks beer lives next to the one who smokes Kent
  23. The bee farmer stays next to the green house
  24. The Belgian raises monkeys
  25. The owner who smokes Benson & Hedges stays below the fourth house
  26. Carnations are not favoured by the Bentley driver
  27. The owner who has a craving for berries lives next to the cycling enthusiast
  28. The birdwatcher fancies pepper with his meals
  29. The black car is parked at an odd-numbered house
  30. The owner of the blue house drinks tea
  31. The owner flying to South Africa drives a BMW
  32. The boxer stays in a house with an even number
  33. The owner who smokes Gauloises visits Brazil
  34. The brown house is occupied by the Greek
  35. The driver of the peridot car stays next to the marigold cultivator
  36. No odd-numbered house uses cloves
  37. The owner who smokes Camel drinks vodka
  38. The visitor to Canada is mad about carnations
  39. A Cancerian has a preference for beef
  40. The cane drinker keeps spiders
  41. A Capricorn stays next to the owner who wants to hear psychobilly music
  42. Carrots are only eaten in an even-numbered house
  43. The Lexington smoker tends to lizards
  44. Casserole dishes and paprika are special in the same house
  45. The owner of the cats stays next to the dentist
  46. The trombone player loves celery
  47. The cello player lives to the immediate right of the harp player
  48. Checkers is played as a board game in the house next to the user of cinnamon
  49. Aubergine is a popular vegetable in the house where cinnamon is used
  50. The Chess master stays next to the owner who plays The Game of Life
  51. The Benson & Hedges smoker lives to the immediate left of the owner who smokes Chesterfield
  52. The owner who eats chicken lives immediately to the left of the Chess connoisseur
  53. The cider drinker smokes Rothmans
  54. The most favourite spice in house #16 is cinnamon
  55. The owner staying at the low end of the street settles down with classical music
  56. The coffee drinker stays in the yellow house
  57. The coin collector lives next to the do-wop fan
  58. The Austrian drinks cola
  59. The inhabitant of the house next to the veal consumer likes cooking in his spare time
  60. The owner who plays Mahjong lives on the same side as the owners who utilise paprika and coriander
  61. The country music follower enjoys dancing
  62. The Cranium player is a Virgo
  63. The cream house is to the immediate right of the red house
  64. Cucumber is only eaten in the third-last even-numbered house
  65. The guitar player finds curry and rice irresistible
  66. The cyan car is parked next to the plumber's house
  67. The Portuguese adores daffodils
  68. The Dane lives in the first odd-numbered house
  69. The data analyst stays at the high end of the road
  70. The owner who takes care of deer stays in the third higher-numbered house from the vodka drinker
  71. The dentist lives in a house with an odd number
  72. Disco music is enjoyed in an even-numbered house
  73. The owner who's keen on do-it-yourself jobs prefers coriander
  74. The scientist lives to the immediate right of the doctor
  75. Dogs are kept in the house next to the owner who flies to Egypt
  76. The drummer likes cauliflower
  77. The owner who smokes Dunhill stays between the Portuguese and the Fin
  78. The violet house is on the same side as those of the Dutchman and the Italian
  79. The Dane has a home next to the ebony house
  80. One house separates the owners who eat eggs and gem squash from each other
  81. The travellers to Egypt and Hong Kong stay on the same side of the road
  82. The smoker of Embassy drinks rum
  83. The driver of the emerald car stays in the khaki house
  84. The engineer stays next to the geologist
  85. The Englishman does not stay in an even-numbered house
  86. The Ferrari owner flies to China
  87. Figs are generally liked in the house next to a Scorpio
  88. The Fin is not a broker
  89. Fish are not kept in an even-numbered house
  90. The owner who plays the flute is a Cranium whiz
  91. The lime house is not next to that of the Frenchman, but on the same side of the road
  92. The owner who breeds frogs lives next to the one who smokes Pall Mall
  93. Fruit juice is preferred by the hedgehog owner
  94. The owner who chooses to gamble in his spare time stays on the same side as the turmeric user
  95. The trumpeter plays The Game of Life
  96. The owner who likes gardening as a pastime lives next to the one that uses mace
  97. The Englishman smokes Gauloises
  98. Gem squash and mangoes are preferred in the same house
  99. A Gemini likes paprika-flavoured cuisine
  100. The geologist stays in the cream house
  101. Dunhill is smoked by the German
  102. The gold car is parked at an odd-numbered house
  103. The owner who likes liver stays between the basketball and golfing sportsmen
  104. The wrestler lives between the gospel and grunge devotees
  105. The second house is coloured grey
  106. Do-wop and grunge music are listened to in either the fifth or sixth house
  107. The visitor to China resides next to the Chesterfield smoker
  108. The owner who is fond of zucchini does not reside next to the guitarist
  109. The Gunston and Lucky Strike smokers stay in two of the end houses
  110. The gymnast is keen on tomatoes
  111. The broker stays in the blue house
  112. Hamsters are raised in the third house away from the brown house
  113. The harmonica player stays above the fifth house
  114. A harp is played in an even-numbered house
  115. Heather is of note in the house to the immediate right of the house where dahlias are respected
  116. The Fin and the hedgehog keeper stay on the same side of the road
  117. An Aquarius is hooked on hip-hop music
  118. The owner who visits Hong Kong does not stay in a house with an even number
  119. Horses are bred at the house next to the Lamborghini owner
  120. Hyacinth flowers are cherished in the house next to the zinnia admirer
  121. The owner of the indigo car stays next to the owner of the Audi
  122. The Swiss does not visit India
  123. The inventor drinks rum
  124. The Jaguar is parked next to the cream house
  125. One of the owners enjoys taking a trip to Jamaica
  126. The owner travelling to Japan does not occupy an even-numbered house
  127. The smoker of Rothmans adores jasmine flowers
  128. The sculptor listens to jazz music
  129. The karate champion enjoys sushi
  130. The owner who smokes Kent lives next to the one who keeps fish
  131. The owner of the second-last house travels to Kenya
  132. The owner of the khaki house drinks wine
  133. Lamb is appreciated in the second house
  134. The Lamborghini is parked at the house immediately to the left of the Stuyvesant smoker
  135. The owner of the spiders drives a lavender car
  136. Leeks and guavas have a preference in the same house
  137. The yellow house is between the owners who drink lemonade and rum
  138. A Leo stays in house #12
  139. The owner staying next to the Scrabble player is fond of lettuce
  140. The bank manager owns a Lexus
  141. Soccer is played by a Libra
  142. The lime house is on the same side of the street as the ebony house, but not next to it
  143. Liver is unwanted in houses with odd numbers
  144. Lizards are kept in an odd-numbered house
  145. The owner with an appetite for lobster stays next to the cricket player
  146. The cider drinker does not stay next to the Lucky Strike smoker
  147. The owner who likes curry and rice steers clear of mace
  148. Magic tricks are practised in an even-numbered house as a hobby
  149. The magenta car belongs to the owner who travels to New Zealand
  150. Magnolias are exhibited in an odd-numbered house
  151. The Mahjong player prefers oregano as a herb
  152. Marigold and poppies are nurtured in houses with highest odd numbers
  153. The owner who smokes Marlboro stays directly opposite house #12
  154. The driver of the maroon car cultivates tulips
  155. The owner who desires melons stays next to the one who eats carrots
  156. The Mercedes Benz is black
  157. The owner listening to metal music stays directly opposite house #5
  158. The owner drinking milk stays in the fifth house
  159. Minerals are collected as a hobby in a house with an even number
  160. The follower of rock music uses mostly mint as a herbal ingredient
  161. The owner who plays organ stays next to the one that builds plastic models
  162. The Monopoly player is a good drummer
  163. The Norwegian dwells in a house next to the bisque one
  164. The owner who's crazy about nuts as a fundamental food is also keen on quince
  165. Onions are avoided in odd-numbered houses
  166. Hamsters are kept in the orange house
  167. The Backgammon player does not stay next to the oregano user, but resides on the same side of the road
  168. The organ is played in an even-numbered house
  169. The owner who digs blues music fancies oxtail
  170. Pall Mall is smoked in an odd-numbered house
  171. Papaya is enjoyed in an even-numbered house
  172. Parsley is an important constituent in one of the owners’ cuisine
  173. Peaches and peas are favourites in the house directly opposite the first odd-numbered house
  174. Pears are not on a Pisces' fruit list
  175. The hockey player is an adept pianist
  176. The guitarist and piccoloist stay in either the first or the last house
  177. Rabbits are taken care of at the periwinkle house
  178. The Pictionary player lives to the immediate left of the Mastermind player
  179. The pig breeder stays in the house furthest away from the aster admirer
  180. Heather is loved in the house next to that of the pilot
  181. The owner who is infatuated with pineapple is a marvelous skier
  182. The pink house is not even numbered
  183. One of the Pisces-born owners likes gambling in his spare time
  184. There are two houses between the karate expert and the owner who chooses plums
  185. The cricketer stays next to the pomegranate addict
  186. Pop music is an important genre for a specific owner
  187. The owner who can't resist pork eats lettuce
  188. The Porsche is driven by the Austrian
  189. The Portuguese lives in the lime house
  190. Potatoes are only consumed in the fourth house
  191. The owner who plays Power Grid listens to disco music
  192. The visitor to Hong Kong stays between the poppy and protea admirers
  193. The owner listening to psychobilly music lives next to the amateur magician
  194. The owner who has a taste for zucchini favours punk music
  195. Guavas are fancied in an even-numbered house
  196. The driver of the Bentley detests rabbits
  197. The owner listening to rap music collects mineral specimens
  198. The red house has an odd street number higher than 9
  199. The Pictionary player stays next to the one that listens to reggae music
  200. The driver of the Renault drinks milk
  201. The Risk player and the owner who likes apples stay in houses furthest away from each other
  202. The rock music enthusiast stays between the saffron and turmeric lovers
  203. The occupant of the second house uses rosemary in many of his dishes
  204. Rum is avoided in the fourth house
  205. The traveller to Russia drives a sienna car
  206. Saffron is treasured in the house where Backgammon is played
  207. Sage is important for the owner who eats potatoes
  208. There is one house between that of a Sagittarius and the owner who prefers coriander
  209. Sausage in not eaten in an odd-numbered house
  210. The trombonist dislikes sausage
  211. The saxophonist lives to the immediate left of the owner who likes potato
  212. The scarlet car is parked next to the traveller to India
  213. The scientist lives in an odd-numbered house
  214. The Scotsman resides in the seventh house
  215. A Scorpio stays to the immediate right of the piano player
  216. Scrabble is played in the house to the immediate left of the Ticket To Ride player
  217. The amateur sculptor lives in the third lower-numbered house from the Aquarian
  218. The shooting title holder stays next to the harp player
  219. The driver of the sienna car stays in the fifth-last house
  220. The snake owner drives a silver car
  221. The skier stays in an even-numbered house
  222. The user of rosemary does not participate in skydiving as a hobby
  223. The Italian keeps snakes as pets
  224. The soccer player likes pumpkin
  225. The Dutchman drinks soda
  226. Sorrel is added to dishes by the owner who is keen on woodworking in his spare time
  227. The owner of house #1 visits South Africa
  228. The Spaniard stays to the immediate right of the hyacinth lover
  229. The gymnast stays between the owners who are keen on zucchini and spinach
  230. The soccer player collects stamps
  231. The Stratego board game player's house is not odd-numbered
  232. The Stuyvesant smoker lives in the green house
  233. The owner who fancies mangoes solves Sudoku puzzles as a hobby
  234. The Swede stays one house away from the cane drinker
  235. The Gunston smoker is of Swiss origin
  236. The Taj Mahal player likes basil
  237. The owner who is fond of tangerines stays next to the hockey player
  238. A Taurus stays to the immediate left of the violinist
  239. The part-time taxidermist lives next to the owner who listens to disco music
  240. The owner who drinks tea doesn't own an Audi
  241. The plum-eating owner plays tennis
  242. The Texan smoker lives to the immediate right of the owner who is fond of milk
  243. The user of thyme stays next to the trumpeter
  244. Ticket To Ride is played in a house with an even number lower than 8
  245. The Rolls Royce is parked at the third odd-numbered house
  246. The guitarist is an intelligent Trivial Pursuit player
  247. The trombone player does not stay in an odd-numbered house
  248. The harmonica player stays to the immediate right of the trumpeter
  249. Tulips are worshiped in an odd-numbered house
  250. The owner who eats turkey lives in a house with an even number
  251. The visitor to China does not drive a turquoise car (note correction: originally was Kenya)
  252. The ukulele player is fond of zucchini
  253. The owner who eats veal stays on the same side as the one that devours liver
  254. Venison is enjoyed in the last even-numbered house
  255. The Frenchman stays in the violet house
  256. Vodka is not consumed in an even-numbered house
  257. The owner of house #10 plays volleyball
  258. The Volvo is not parked at an even-numbered house
  259. There is one house between the Italian and the owner who drinks water
  260. The owner living in house #5 drinks whiskey
  261. The owner of the white house smokes Pall Mall
  262. The caretaker of deer smokes Winston
  263. The owner who enjoys working with wood lives in the fourth-last house
  264. The wrestler lives in the second-last house
  265. The owner who visits Zanzibar owns a Jaguar
  266. The Chesterfield smoker likes zinnias
  267. One of the inhabitants is a zoologist, while another owns a McLaren
  268. The astronomer drives an ivory car
  269. The Backgammon specialist does not live at the beginning of the street
  270. Beer is the only beverage in an odd-numbered house
  271. Birds are reared next to the bisque house
  272. The blue house is on the immediate left of the pink house
  273. The blues music lover utilises cloves
  274. The bronze car belongs to the owner who tours Brazil
  275. A Capricorn stays in an even-numbered house
  276. None of the Virgos are partial to carrots
  277. The Cranium player stays to the immediate right of the Stratego player
  278. The owner who likes cucumber does not eat papaya
  279. The daisy lover lives next to the scientist
  280. The owner who visits Egypt stays in the house furthest away from the white house on the same side
  281. The Embassy smoker does not stay next to the owner who smokes Texan
  282. The flutist dislikes turmeric
  283. The lawyer's nationality is French
  284. A Gemini-born owner is partial to potatoes
  285. The owner who drinks whiskey does not own a gold car
  286. Japan is not visited by the lizard owner
  287. There is no lime house at the end of the road
  288. The skier can’t stand liver
  289. The saffron lover plays rugby
  290. The owner of the Lexus does not visit Japan
  291. The owner with the mineral collection is repulsed by sausage
  292. The Taj Mahal player is not a Pisces
  293. The architect and plumber live in either the third or fourth house
  294. The owner who prefers veal stays in the house furthest away from the house in which Power Grid is played
  295. The owner who smokes Gunston adores roses
  296. The ukulelist does not stay next to the saxophonist
  297. Thyme is appreciated by a Taurus
  298. The tulip cultivator does not travel to Hong Kong
  299. The ukulele player does not stay in the fifth house
  300. The violinist stays next to the bass guitarist
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A question

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"The second house is coloured grey"

"The grey house is directly between those of the artist and architect "

 

When you say between, does that refer only to left and right or can it refer to across the street as well?

 

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The owner living in house #5 drinks whiskey

The owner drinking milk stays in the fifth house

Does 5th house mean house #5?

 

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9 hours ago, Thalia said:

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"The second house is coloured grey"

"The grey house is directly between those of the artist and architect "

 

When you say between, does that refer only to left and right or can it refer to across the street as well?

Left or right, not opposite

 

9 hours ago, Thalia said:

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"The second house is coloured grey"

"The grey house is directly between those of the artist and architect "

 

When you say between, does that refer only to left and right or can it refer to across the street as well?

 

 

 

9 hours ago, Thalia said:

A question

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"The second house is coloured grey"

"The grey house is directly between those of the artist and architect "

 

When you say between, does that refer only to left and right or can it refer to across the street as well?

 

 

Thalia ...house #5 = #5; "fifth house" is either #9 (if odd) or #10 (if even). Same with "2nd house" (either #3 or #4)

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11 hours ago, rocdocmac said:

Phone is being dumb. Ignore this quote box... 

...Well, there goes my spreadsheet. Also, when you say one house is to the right or left of another, I assume you mean right and left as shown in the diagram, not from the point of view of someone standing in the street?

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@rocdocmac, Challenging puzzle! Clearly you spent some time on it.

@Thalia, your questions (and the answers) were helpful. BTW, are you giving up on the puzzle? Have you listed all items by category yet? I'm in that process now, as a first step, before making a grid.

 

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Often, puzzles of this type list the items in each category for the puzzle solvers. This then permits a conversational reference to items in the clues. Many of the clues here are suggestive regarding the category of an item. My first task was to create lists, and in some cases multiple categories were possible. For a puzzle this large, being clear encourages solvers to spend the required time solving it. Being wrong can unnecessarily waste time.

On other puzzle sites, e.g. the grey labrynth, puzzle writers will ask friends to volunteer to comb through a new puzzle before it's  posted. I'd be glad to look at new puzzles in the future, especially if they're large ones, like this. Smaller ones can be discussed in the solution thread.

 

Assumptions: (just mention the ones that might be wrong)

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General:

Assume "next" means "immediately next" and in an E-S (but not N-S) sense
Assume "fifth house," for example, means house #5 (not houses #9 or #10) and second-last house means house #15 (not houses #13 or #14.)

EDIT: Re-reading your answer to Thalia's question answers this one as well.
Can I suggest that "fifth" in this sense might better have been stated "fifth from the left"?

Assume "between" means geographically, not numerically. For example house #7 is "between houses #3 and #11, but not between houses #6 and #8,

Specific clues:

13. refers to #15
25. refers to houses #1 #2 or #3.
35. alludes to cultivating marigolds. Category could be flowers, hobby or occupation. I am assuming it's flowers.
35. alludes to a peridot car. Category is either color or (obscure) brand. Since it's lower case I assume it's a car color. Same for "emerald" in Clue 83, etc.
40. refers to keeping spiders. Category could be hobby, pet or occupation. I rule out the latter, no money in it. "Keep" in OP refers to pet, so I assume the spiders are pets.
43. refers to "tending" to lizards. Since "tend" differs from "keep" maybe this is a hobby. I'll assume the lizards are pets.
59. refers to cooking. Since "in his spare time" is included I assume this is a hobby, not an occupation.
70. refers to "taking care of" deer. Could be occupation or pet. I assume pet.
76. refers to a "drummer." Since it does not say he "has fun" with it, it could be an occupation. I assume "drum" is an enjoyed musical instrument.
80. refers to eggs, which are poultry. Since they are not fruit, vegetable or herb, I assume eggs are a "fundamental" food. (Maybe for breakfast?)
89. refers to fish being kept. I assume "keep" is the key word so that "fish" are pets, and keeping them is not a hobby.
92. refers to breeding frogs. This I assume describes a hobby. Although breeding could be an occupation. Or frogs might be pets.
95. Does the "trumpeter" here have fun? Or is trumpeting an occupation? Or a hobby? I assume "trumpet" is from the musical instrument category.
108. refers to a "guitarist." First, I assume this differs from "bass guitarist" in Clue 20. In both clues, the category might be hobby, occupation or musical instrument. I assume the category in both cases is musical instrument. Even though "having fun" is not mentioned, and I know persons who play both types as an occupation.
113. Ditto
109. refers to "end houses" Assume #1 #2 #15 and #16.
112. refers to "raising hamsters." I assume these hamsters are pets. But if he owns a pet store, it's an occupation.
113. "above the fifth house." Assuming single-story buildings, "above" might mean "North of" on a map. But not your map. I assume the harmonica player lives in a house with a number that is "greater than" 5.
119. refers to "horses [that] are bred". Hobby, occupation or pet? Pets are "kept" not "bred" by the OP. I don't think of horses as pets, and "keeping" horses is different from "breeding" horses. But I assume the bred horses are pets.
123. refers to an "inventor" I don't know anyone who invents for a living, but I will assume inventing to be an occupation and not a hobby.
129. refers to a "karate champion." Hobby, occupation, or sport? I assume sport.
130. "keeps fish" Ditto 89. Assume fish are pets, not hobby.
131. "second-last" house. Assume house #15.
133. Assume house #2.
137. "between" First, I assume the three mentioned houses are on the same side of the street. Second I assume the three houses are contiguous. Although house #7 is "between house #1 and house #13.
144. "Lizards are kept." Assume pet.
145. "cricket player." Assume sport, not occupation.
147. "curry and rice." Assume that's "fundamental" food.
157. "house #5." Assume this means "house #5." But ..,.,
158. "fifth house." Could mean left-to-right. i.e. house #9 or #10. At best it's confusing to use different words to mean the same thing.
161. "plays organ".Is "playing" a hobby? or an occupation? Or is "organ" an instrument. I assume the latter.
164. Thanks for clarifying "nuts" are fundamental.
175. "adept pianist" As opposed to one who plays "for fun"? Meaning occupation? I assume "piano" is "instrument".
176."first or last house" Assume house #1 or house #16. (Why not say lowest or highest numbered? In a two-dimensional array there is no simple ordering.)
192. Hong Kong is "between" poppy and protea. I assume these three houses *could* be #4, #10 and #14, with Hong Kong being #10.
Ditto for the meaning of Clues 202, 229.
201. "furthest away from" (see 179 in the questions list) Here, I assume the two houses must be #1 and #16 or #2 and #15.
217. Assume the difference of the two house numbers is 3. As in house #12 and house #9.
219. Assume house #12.
243 "the trumpeter" "Trumpeter" suggests an occupation. I assume "trumpet" is an instrument. Ditto "guitarist" in clue 246, etc.
245 "third odd numbered house" Assume house #5
264. "second-last house" Assume house #15

 

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55. refers to THE owner at the low end of the street. Both geographically and numerically (not specified, but fortunately the same) this must refer to house #1 or #2, just as Clue 69 must refer to house #15 or #16. Should the Clue 55 read, AN owner at the low end of the street .... likes classical?
179. "furthest away from" Shall I assume houses on either side are equally spaced?
The map shows the spacing across the street is less. Shall I also assume houses #7 and #8 are closer than houses #7 and #9?
Or should I assume that the numerical difference of the house numbers is greatest?
234. "one house away from." Please re-word this.
Could be houses #3 and #5 (if "away" means E-W)
Could mean houses #3 and #4 (if "away" means N-S).
Could mean either of these (if "away" means in either cardinal direction.)
Could mean houses #8 and #9 (if "away" means *gasp* numerically, as "fifth" seems to mean #5 elsewhere).
On this clue I literally have no clue.
259. "There is one house between (a) and (b)" House numbers are indirectly indicated in other clues. This might be the case here. Or, "between" might mean positionally.
I can't assume in this case. Which is it?
Could (a) and (b) be houses #7 and #9 (with house #8 between them)
or must they be like houses #7 and #11 (with house #9 between them?)
269. "beginning of the street" Nothing in the clues or the picture defines the word "beginning."
I'm thinking it means houses #1 or #2 but I have to ask, for fear of wasting a lot of time.
287 "end of the road" This one I think I get. It must refer to houses #1, #2, #15 or #16. But I'll ask, just to be sure.
The reason I don't assume is ... if "beginning" in Clue 269 means #1 and #2, then "end" logically refers ONLY to #15 and #16.

 

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... Oh God. I had DIY  as an occupation and an anemone as a pet...

@bonanova I'm still working on it. Wish I had a bigger screen to view my 305 by KS spreadsheet though. XD

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Sorry for your classifications, Thalia, but now I've given everyone the nitty gritty! Chris

@bonanova/Thalia ... Is this a difficult puzzle? Could one perhaps make a board game out of it? Chris M

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No worries. I think I've got my spreadsheet straightened out. I hope. . . Most of the difficulty right now is in the size. Won't know just how difficult until the end.

The last time I made a board game was 6th grade and it turned out pretty weird. . . I'll leave the board game development to you and maybe bononova. :P

Couple questions

 

9. The Aston Martin is parked at the house next to the magenta car - The magenta car is parked at a house. The Aston Martin is next door?

 

66. The cyan car is parked next to the plumber's house - the cyan car is at the plumber's house or parked at the house next door to the plumber?

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Reading through your answers to bonanova.

To clarify, you use the 5th house to mean 5th from the left at times. But in 113, above the 5th house means above #5?

Don't see an answer to 201 and not understanding the one to 217. Can you clarify?

 

 

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Thanks for the category lists and clarifications. 
This is actually a favorite style of puzzle, and I can see myself enjoying it for a while.

@Thalia, Game on ... B))

 

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Thalia said:

No worries. I think I've got my spreadsheet straightened out. I hope. . . Most of the difficulty right now is in the size. Won't know just how difficult until the end.

The last time I made a board game was 6th grade and it turned out pretty weird. . . I'll leave the board game development to you and maybe bononova. :P

Couple questions

 

9. The Aston Martin is parked at the house next to the magenta car - The magenta car is parked at a house. The Aston Martin is next door?

 

 

66. The cyan car is parked next to the plumber's house - the cyan car is at the plumber's house or parked at the house next door to the plumber?

 

Thalia - correct ... house with magenta car immediately next to house with Aston Martin & house with cyan car immediately next to house with plumber.

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Thalia, with reference to clues 113, 201 & 217 ....

113 - above the 5th house (from the left), i.e. above #9 or #10, meaning only #11, #13, #15 OR only #12, #14, #16 (to the right of #9 or #10)

201 - You can have apples in #1/#2 or #15/#16. Risk would then be played in the house furthest away at the other end, i.e. #15/#16 or #1/#2, e.g. apples in #16, then Risk #1 or #2.

217 - It means third house to the left of the Aquarius, e.g. if the Aquarius is in, for instance #13, the sculptor would be in #7.

Hope this helps!

 

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My trouble is the same as Thalia's, because my spreadsheet is huge. I have never had one before that has a scroll bar on each side.

However, I am still working on the puzzle, slowly but surely. My questions have already been answered, so this is all for now.

 

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1 hour ago, Buddyboy3000 said:

My trouble is the same as Thalia's, because my spreadsheet is huge. I have never had one before that has a scroll bar on each side.

However, I am still working on the puzzle, slowly but surely. My questions have already been answered, so this is all for now.

 

@Buddyboy3000, Did I introduce 2 scroll bars? Not sure what you mean, but you can get rid of that by unfreezing the panes, perhaps?

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On Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 10:57 AM, Thalia said:

I can't win with my phone. Please ignore this quote box too. -_-

Assuming buddyboy did the same thing as me, he's got a spreadsheet with 20 something variables. No way you're going to fit that all on the screen at a readable size.

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The way I learned to do grid puzzles was to make a grid with every variable by every variable. The two scroll bars were for the width and height. There seems to be another way to do this to make it smaller. If any of you could give some insight on how to do this correctly, it would be great.

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I noted the number(s) of the clue(s) that refer to each of the items. This is making it easier to piece together little clusters of relationships. Next I'm trying to fit these clusters into a table where one column is filled in (e.g. house numbers). Or probably into several tables, each with a different column filled in, depending on the "shape" of the clusters.

It's a huge puzzle any way you look at it.

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12 hours ago, Buddyboy3000 said:

The way I learned to do grid puzzles was to make a grid with every variable by every variable. The two scroll bars were for the width and height. There seems to be another way to do this to make it smaller. If any of you could give some insight on how to do this correctly, it would be great.

See attached suggestion.

HINT: Determine all known "odds" and "evens" (either stated or linked, but all of them can certainly be determined). Once you have 8 odds and 8 evens in each category, you ought to know the remaining 8 odds and 8 evens for each. The Zodiac signs, incidentally, will sort themselves out!

I'm sure this will help!

Grid1.xlsx

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One question did come up to me, because something does not add up.

106 says do-wop and grunge are listened to in the fifth or sixth house. 157 says that the house opposite of house 5 listens to metal, which would be the sixth house. These say that the sixth house listens to two types of music.

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