Creative Cooking

by Aussie Meyer
Solving Tips

Story


"Rally 'round, Anatole, and come to the aid of the party," requested Dahlia Travers, addressing her excellent French chef. "I'll need four of your inspired dinners to sweeten up various tough customers, so that I can bend them to my will! Have a look at the social calendar - on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (in no particular order) we shall have Rosie M. Banks, Lady Malvern, Lord Tilbury and Vladimir Brusiloff as the respective guests of honor, in hopes of getting articles from the writers and publishing rights from Tilbury."

"No worries, be happy, Madam!" replied the ever-trendy chef. "Allow me to apply my fine mind to that pencil, okay? We'll give your tough eggs these entrees: the filet of beef wellington, the lobster newburg, the game pie, and the duck en croute and they will become as putty in your glove!"

"That's all very well, Anatole," said Dahlia, looking over the schedule of diners and dishes, "but all of these blighters are on special diets! You see, this one can't have any dairy, so you'll have to cut the cream from that recipe - and this person cannot eat salt, so edit your efforts accordingly. No sherry in this recipe - that victim's an abstainer; and it breaks my heart, but we'll have to omit the onions on this particular dish ... "

"Have no fear, Madam, I consider it a challenge! I shall pull a rabbit out of my bag of tricks and you won't even know the difference ..." replied Anatole, comfortingly.

Unfortunately, separating a French chef from his recipe is not quite so easy: for Anatole replaced the cream with butter, the salt with bouillon, the sherry with marsala, and the onions with shallots. The net effect of this creative cooking was that the various guests suffered from hives, insomnia, hiccups, and swollen ankles!

Can you discern, from the 7 following clues, which dinnerguest had which entree sans what ingredient, and how they suffered for their repast?


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./Labels/h_Vladimir_Brusiloff.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
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JavaScript Grid by Scott Noyes

Clues

  1. Lady Malvern's dinner was not on Friday, and it was either one or two nights before the gentleman who was regaled with the Beef Wellington.
  2. The diner who was served Lobster Newburg enjoyed her meal very much.
  3. The two diners who were avoiding cream and onions were social equals - that is to say, either both members of the peerage, or not.
  4. The victim with the swollen ankles and the person avoiding cream were, in some order, Lord Tilbury and a guest who dined prior to the night of the insomnia sufferer.
  5. The person with hives dined a night or two later than the person who was abstaining from sherry (neither came to dinner on Friday).
  6. Friday's guest was female.
  7. Rosie M. Banks dined at a later date than the guest who shunned salt.
  8. The insomnia and hiccups victims are the same sex.
  9. The game pie was served to one of the "working class" authors (i.e. - Vladimir Brusiloff or Rosie M. Banks).



Solving Tips


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