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2016's Advent calendar ended with a logic puzzle: It's nearly Christmas and something terrible has happened: Santa and his two elves have been cursed! The curse has led Santa to forget which present three childrenâ€”Alex, Ben and Carolâ€”want and where they live.

The elves can still remember everything about Alex, Ben and Carol, but the curse is causing them to lie. One of the elves will lie on even numbered days and tell the truth on odd numbered days; the other elf will lie on odd numbered days and tell the truth on even numbered days. As is common in elf culture, each elf wears the same coloured clothes every day.

Each child lives in a different place and wants a different present. (But a present may be equal to a home.) The homes and presents are each represented by a number from 1 to 9.

Here are the clues:

21

White shirt says: "Yesterday's elf lied: Carol wants

White shirt says: "Yesterday's elf lied: Carol wants

**4**,**9**or**6**."10

Orange hat says: "

Orange hat says: "

**249**is my favourite number."5

Red shoes says: "Alex lives at

Red shoes says: "Alex lives at

**1**,**9**or**6**."16

Blue shoes says: "I'm the same elf as yesterday. Ben wants

Blue shoes says: "I'm the same elf as yesterday. Ben wants

**5**,**7**or**0**."23

Red shoes says: "Carol wants a factor of

Red shoes says: "Carol wants a factor of

**120**. I am yesterday's elf."4

Blue shoes says: "

Blue shoes says: "

**495**is my favourite number."15

Blue shoes says: "Carol lives at

Blue shoes says: "Carol lives at

**9**,**6**or**8**."22

Purple trousers says: "Carol wants a factor of

Purple trousers says: "Carol wants a factor of

**294**."11

White shirt says: "

White shirt says: "

**497**is my favourite number."6

Pink shirt says: "Ben does not live at the last digit of

Pink shirt says: "Ben does not live at the last digit of

**106**."9

Blue shoes says: "Ben lives at

Blue shoes says: "Ben lives at

**5**,**1**or**2**."20

Orange hat says: "Carol wants the first digit of

Orange hat says: "Carol wants the first digit of

**233**."1

Red shoes says: "Alex wants

Red shoes says: "Alex wants

**1**,**2**or**3**."24

Green hat says: "The product of the six final presents and homes is

Green hat says: "The product of the six final presents and homes is

**960**."17

Grey trousers says: "Alex wants the first digit of

Grey trousers says: "Alex wants the first digit of

**194**."14

Pink shirt says: "One child lives at the first digit of

Pink shirt says: "One child lives at the first digit of

**819**."3

White shirt says: "Alex lives at

White shirt says: "Alex lives at

**2**,**1**or**6**."18

Green hat says: "Ben wants

Green hat says: "Ben wants

**1**,**5**or**4**."7

Green hat says: "Ben lives at

Green hat says: "Ben lives at

**3**,**4**or**3**."12

Grey trousers says: "Alex lives at

Grey trousers says: "Alex lives at

**3**,**1**or**5**."19

Purple trousers says: "Carol lives at

Purple trousers says: "Carol lives at

**2**,**6**or**8**."8

Red shoes says: "The digits of

Red shoes says: "The digits of

**529**are the toys the children want."13

Green hat says: "One child lives at the first digit of

Green hat says: "One child lives at the first digit of

**755**."2

Red shoes says: "Alex wants

Red shoes says: "Alex wants

**1**,**4**or**2**."## 23 December

In the song

*The Twelve Days of Christmas*, how many presents have been given after 8 days?## What's the star?

In the Christmas tree below, the rectangle, baubles, and the star at the top each contain a number. The square baubles contain square numbers; the triangle baubles contain triangle numbers; and the cube bauble contains a cube number.

The numbers in the rectangles (and the star) are equal to the sum of the numbers below them. For example, if the following numbers are filled in:

then you can deduce the following:

What is the number in the star at the top of this tree?

*You can download a printable pdf of this puzzle here.*

## Advent 2016 murder mystery

2016's Advent calendar ended with a murder mystery, with each of
the murderer, motive, weapon and location being a digit from 1 to 9.
Here are the clues:

10

None of the digits of

None of the digits of

**171**is the location.3

None of the digits of

None of the digits of

**798**is the motive.7

One of the digits of

One of the digits of

**691**is the location.16

None of the digits of

None of the digits of

**543**is the location.5

One of the digits of

One of the digits of

**414**is the murderer.20

The first digit of

The first digit of

**287**is the number of false red clues.8

Clues on days that are factors of

Clues on days that are factors of

**768**are all true.22

The murderer is the square root of one of the digits of

The murderer is the square root of one of the digits of

**191**.11

One of the digits of

One of the digits of

**811**is the weapon.19

The highest common factor of the weapon and

The highest common factor of the weapon and

**128**is 1.13

None of the digits of

None of the digits of

**512**is the murderer.18

One of the digits of

One of the digits of

**799**is the motive.17

None of the digits of

None of the digits of

**179**is the motive.6

None of the digits of

None of the digits of

**819**is the location.24

One of the digits of

One of the digits of

**319**is total number of false clues.23

One of the digits of

One of the digits of

**771**is the murderer.2

The weapon is not one of the digits of

The weapon is not one of the digits of

**435**.14

The final digit of

The final digit of

**415**is the number of true blue clues.4

The weapon is a factor of

The weapon is a factor of

**140**.12

The number of false clues before today is the first digit of

The number of false clues before today is the first digit of

**419**.9

One of the digits of

One of the digits of

**447**is the motive.1

None of the digits of

None of the digits of

**563**is the motive.21

One of the digits of

One of the digits of

**816**is the murderer.15

One of the digits of

One of the digits of

**387**is the motive.## Santa

Each of the letters D, A, Y, S, N, T, B, R and E represents a different non-zero digit. The following sum is true:

$$
\begin{array}{cccccc}
D&A&D&D&Y\\
B&E&A&R&D&+\\
\hline
S&A&N&T&A
\end{array}
$$
This has a unique solution, but I haven't found a way to find the solution without brute force. This less insightful sum is also true with the same values of the letters (and should allow you to find the values of the letters using logic alone):

$$
\begin{array}{ccccc}
R&A&T&S\\
N&E&R&D&+\\
\hline
S&A&N&E
\end{array}
$$