This question asks for all the trees that could go in lot one. You should first eliminate answers. There are two good ways to eliminate:
- Up front logic
- The correct answer to the first question
Logic: in the setup, I described how lot one can only have two trees at most, thanks to rule 5. Lot three needs to have more trees than lot one.
So the hickory and the oak can’t go in lot one, since rule 1 says that the hickory, the oak and one other tree go together. That’s three trees.
So any answer with H or O is wrong. A and B are wrong since they contain the hickory.
First question: On almost all logic games the first question is easy to get right with certainty. So you can use this as a correct hypothetical.
The right answer to question seven places the sycamore and the walnut in lot one. Therefore, D is wrong because it doesn’t include the sycamore.
Now we are left to choose between C and E. The two answers are the same, except that C contains the larch and E doesn’t.
You might be tempted to just choose C, since rule 3 says that the larch or the walnut goes in lot one (but not both).
That’s a bad habit. On past games it’s been the case that a variable mentioned as a possibility for a lot actually can’t go in the lot. So before choosing C it’s best to make a quick hypothetical proving that the larch can indeed go in lot one. Like this:
So C is CORRECT. Making a diagram like that should only take ~7 seconds. If it takes longer, practice! It’s a learnable skill.
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