A Spot of Shopping

by Aussie Meyer
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Story


It had been many moons since Pongo Twistleton and Barmy Fotheringay-Phipps delighted their avid fans with their bangup cross-talk act; for the act had broken up over artistic differences, and they had parted ways. But as the saying goes, "Time heals all wounds" and , they had been persuaded to reunite for a special reprise performance at the Drones Club Smoker.

Taking inventory, they found that the lines of the cross-talk repartee were engraved on their memories. What was missing was the wardrobe, for there had been a spring cleaning and a collection for the jumble sale. Between the two of them, they needed to procure six items that day, and each chap bought three of them: a set of green whiskers, a checkered coat, an umbrella suitable for conking on the bean, a stovepipe hat, an eyepatch, and a pair of wellington boots.

Their shopping expeditions ranged far and wide across London, with one of them going to each of these shops: the Secondhand Shop, the Junque Shoppe, the Rummage Sale, the Flea Market, the Curiousity Shop, and the Pink Elephant. Transportation to each shop was accomplished by different means: by Bus, by Underground, by Taxi, by Hitching a ride in a Car, by Hitching a ride in a motorcycle Sidecar and by Foot.

By day's end, they were quite exhausted, but they had the proper costuming to stage a splendid cross-talk act, which was received to rave reviews by the Drones. After the show, the Drones tried to sort out who had bought what, where, and how he had gotten there, from the hints dropped by the fatigued comics.

Can you sort out the shopping venues, the transportation, the items, and what order Pongo and Barmy bought them in?


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./Labels/v_First.png ./Labels/v_Second.png ./Labels/v_Third.png ./Labels/v_Bus.png ./Labels/v_Underground.png ./Labels/v_Taxi.png ./Labels/v_Hitch_Car.png ./Labels/v_Hitch_Motorcycle.png ./Labels/v_Foot.png ./Labels/v_Secondhand_Shop.png ./Labels/v_Junque_Shoppe.png ./Labels/v_Rummage_Sale.png ./Labels/v_Flea_Market.png ./Labels/v_Curiousity_Shop.png ./Labels/v_Pink_Elephant.png ./Labels/v_Green_whiskers.png ./Labels/v_Checkered_coat.png ./Labels/v_Umbrella.png ./Labels/v_Stovepipe_hat.png ./Labels/v_Eyepatch.png ./Labels/v_Wellingtons.png
./Labels/v_Comic.png ./Labels/h_Pongo.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Barmy.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Item.png ./Labels/h_Green_whiskers.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Checkered_coat.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Umbrella.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Stovepipe_hat.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Eyepatch.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Wellingtons.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Shop.png ./Labels/h_Secondhand_Shop.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Junque_Shoppe.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Rummage_Sale.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Flea_Market.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Curiousity_Shop.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Pink_Elephant.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Transportation.png ./Labels/h_Bus.png Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Underground.png Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Taxi.png Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Hitch_Car.png Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Hitch_Motorcycle.png Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Foot.png Mark Mark Mark
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JavaScript Grid by Scott Noyes

Clues

  1. Pongo bought the wellington boots at the Curiousity Shop.
  2. Someone walked to one shopping venue earlier in the day than he made a trip to the Rummage Sale (which he did not arrive at by motorcycle sidecar).
  3. Barmy's first stop was not the Flea Market.
  4. The Junque Shoppe was Pongo's third stop.
  5. The one who hitched a ride in a car did not also take a taxi and walk (maybe one or the other, but not both).
  6. One took a trip on the bus to the Pink Elephant sale.
  7. Barmy's first trip of the day was either the via the underground or by taxi.
  8. One fellow made consecutive stops at the Secondhand Shop and the place where he bought the umbrella.
  9. One procured the checkered coat right before he bought the green whiskers.
  10. The hitchhiking trips in the car and the motorcycle sidecar were these: one was Pongo's first trip and one was someone's trip to buy a stovepipe hat.



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