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Six Seat Schedule (Posted on 2009-05-25) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Six brothers Al, Bob, Cal, Don, Elmer and Fred always take the same seat when they have their meals in the circular dinner table. The following figure displays their seat numbers.

           1
      6       2
      5       3
          4


The following is known:
  • Bob's seat number is precisely 1 larger than that of Elmer's seat number.
  • The seat of Don is separated from Al's seat by precisely one of the other brothers.
  • Al's seat number is either 1 larger than or 1 smaller than Fred's seat number.
  • The absolute difference of Cal's seat number from that of Bob's and the absolute difference of Cal's seat number from that of Don's are respectively either, 2 and 5; or, 5 and 2.
Determine the respective seat numbers of the six brothers.

See The Solution Submitted by K Sengupta    
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Solution another computer solution | Comment 3 of 4 |

DECLARE SUB permute (a$)
CLS
o$ = "abcdef": h$ = o$
DO
 bob = INSTR(o$, "b")
 elmer = INSTR(o$, "e")
 IF bob = elmer + 1 THEN
   don = INSTR(o$, "d")
   al = INSTR(o$, "a")
   IF ABS(don - al) = 2 OR ABS(don - al) = 4 THEN
     fred = INSTR(o$, "f")
     IF ABS(al - fred) = 1 THEN
       cal = INSTR(o$, "c")
       cb = ABS(cal - bob)
       cd = ABS(cal - don)
       IF cb = 2 AND cd = 5 OR cb = 5 AND cd = 2 THEN
         PRINT o$
       END IF
     END IF
   END IF
 END IF
 permute o$
LOOP UNTIL o$ = h$

(the permute subroutine is elsewhere on the site)

The order of the brothers' initials positioned by seat number is:

cebafd


  Posted by Charlie on 2009-05-25 16:15:01
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