Luck of the Woosters

by Aussie Meyer
Solving Tips

Story

Bertie Wooster was not surprised when he arrived at the race-meeting at Goodwood and found his Aunt Dahlia leaning over a rail reviewing the ponies, for she has been fond of our four-legged friends all her long life. Nor was he particularly stunned to find his twin cousins, Claude and Eustace, lined up to place their wagers, for they are well-known to be sporting lads. But when he perceived his dreaded Aunt Agatha settled in for an afternoon of the Sport of Kings, he felt that this impromptu family reunion had gone too far!

These five of the Wooster clan each placed a different bet to win on the feature race, and their thoroughbreds (in no particular order: Able Andy, Bottle Baby, Cream'O'Wheat, Dollface, and Eleganza) were the first five to the wire.

One of the clan had bet on the basis of a possibly clairvoyant dream, another selected the horse that turned and gave a wink while strolling out to the gate. One of the family had simply bought a tipsheet and backed the recommendation du jour, and one had eavesdropped on a tip passed between a couple of stable insiders and bet accordingly. Finally, one of them simply bet on the yellow silks on the basis of it being a favorite color.

Can you sort out which Wooster kin backed which horse and why, and determine the race results, from the five clues given below?


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./Labels/h_Bottle_Baby.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
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./Labels/h_Eleganza.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
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./Labels/h_Wink.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
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Clues

  1. Berties horse (which wasn't Eleganza) finished ahead of the eavesdropper's pony.
  2. The horse signified in the dream came in following Claude's pick, but it beat out Cream'O'Wheat.
  3. Dollface finished behind the horse favored by the tipsheet, which straggled behind Aunt Agatha's selection.
  4. Neither Bottle Baby nor Claude's horse could wink.
  5. Dahlia's horse finished in front of contender that was picked for the yellow silks (and both finished ahead of Eleganza).



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