Hats Off

by Aussie Meyer
Solving Tips

Story

Hat in Crosshairs

Members of the Drones Club will never want for sport as long as the Demosthenes Club resides squarely across the street, offering a steady stream of Hats for target practice. One day a competition was got up between Algy, Barmy, Cosmo, and Dogface. Of these marksmen, one used a pea-shooter, one wielded the deadly rubberband, one operated with brazilnut & catapult, and one was armed with the bow & arrow (of the popular suction-cupped variety). Their targets were a top-hat, a homburg, a bowler, and a panama which rode upon the heads of Sir Raymond Bastable, Sir Watkyn Bassett, Sir Roderick Glossop, and Lord Bittlesham. Two Drones scored direct hits and two failed to make their mark.

Unfortunately, the sporting press arrived after the event and the facts, as usual, became mangled. Can you sort out which Drone aimed at which gentleman in what sort of a hat, and who connected with his missile?


./Labels/h_Target.png ./Labels/h_Hat.png ./Labels/h_Weapon.png
./Labels/v_Bassett.png ./Labels/v_Bastable.png ./Labels/v_Bittlesham.png ./Labels/v_Glossop.png ./Labels/v_Homburg.png ./Labels/v_Top_hat.png ./Labels/v_Bowler.png ./Labels/v_Panama.png ./Labels/v_pea_shooter.png ./Labels/v_brazilnut_catapult.png ./Labels/v_rubberband.png ./Labels/v_bow___arrow.png
./Labels/v_Drone.png ./Labels/h_Algy.png 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
./Labels/h_Cosmo.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Dogface.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Weapon.png ./Labels/h_pea_shooter.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_brazilnut_catapult.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_rubberband.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_bow___arrow.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Hat.png ./Labels/h_Homburg.png Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Top_hat.png Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Bowler.png Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Panama.png Mark Mark Mark Mark
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JavaScript Grid by Scott Noyes

Clues

  1. Neither Bastable's hat nor the Bowler hat (which wasn't hit) were shot at with edible objects.
  2. Neither Dogface (who scored a hit) nor the fellow who aimed at the top-hat used the pea-shooter.
  3. Sir Watkyn Bassett's hat was struck down when he was helping the chap in the Homburg out of a taxi.
  4. Cosmo (who missed) did not shoot the rubberband.
  5. Algy and the fellow who tried for Glossop's hat didn't succeed in scoring; neither used the bow & arrow.
  6. Bastable's hat (which wasn't a Homburg) was hit, but not by Barmy.



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