Multiple Mulliners

by Aussie Meyer
Solving Tips

Story

Multiple Mulliners

Saturday evening in the bar parlour of the Angler's Rest, a Pint of Bitter complained to the lovely and efficient Miss Postlewaithe, the barmaid, about the lack of stimulating conversation.

"Yes", she replied, "It usually is a bit brighter than this, but you see, our Mr. Mulliner has gone to Tweedling-in-Parva for the christening of a great-nephew, and we miss his stories. Why, each and every weeknight last week, we were chatting about a different subject! We talked about women who are Jezebels, the quality of modern novels, the best way to cook a chicken, the hole in the ozone layer, and spoiled brats. We covered one of those subjects each night (not in that order, mind you), and each conversation reminded Mr. Mulliner of another story about one of his nephews. He told us about Adrian Mulliner, George Mulliner, Augustine Mulliner, Lancelot Mulliner, and Clarence Mulliner, though I don"t remember in what order..."

"Yes, Mr. Mulliner"s quite a raconteur," chimed in a Gin & Ginger-ale. "He told us stories about his nephew who tamed a vicious Yorkshire terrier, the nephew that hid in a hayloft for 24 hours, the Mulliner lad who fought a duel with a German baron, his young relative who ate an entire layer cake, and he even told a tale about a Mulliner who leapt in front of a taxi to save a lady's hat! I couldn't tell you on which night he told them, but it was very diverting."

I pointed out that the stories didn't appear to have anything in common with the topics of conversation. The consensus at the bar was that there was definitely a connection, and bit by bit the patrons recalled six clues as to which nephew had which adventure, what subject of conversation brought it up in Mr. Mulliner's mind, and on what day of the week the tale was told.

Can you deduce all the facts from their clues, as shown below?


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./Labels/v_Adrian.png ./Labels/v_Augustine.png ./Labels/v_Clarence.png ./Labels/v_George.png ./Labels/v_Lancelot.png ./Labels/v_Jezebels.png ./Labels/v_Modern_Novels.png ./Labels/v_Cooking_Chicken.png ./Labels/v_Ozone_Hole.png ./Labels/v_Spoiled_Brats.png ./Labels/v_Tamed_Yorkie.png ./Labels/v_Hid_in_Hayloft.png ./Labels/v_Dueled_Baron.png ./Labels/v_Ate_Whole_Cake.png ./Labels/v_Taxi_Leap_for_Hat.png
./Labels/v_Day.png ./Labels/h_Monday.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Tuesday.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Wednesday.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Thursday.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Friday.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Story.png ./Labels/h_Tamed_Yorkie.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Hid_in_Hayloft.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Dueled_Baron.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Ate_Whole_Cake.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Taxi_Leap_for_Hat.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/v_Topic.png ./Labels/h_Jezebels.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Modern_Novels.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Cooking_Chicken.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Ozone_Hole.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
./Labels/h_Spoiled_Brats.png Mark Mark Mark Mark Mark
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JavaScript Grid by Scott Noyes

Clues

  1. A Brandy-with-a-Splash recalled that the talk about the hole in the ozone layer (which did not inspire the story of the Mulliner who hid in a hayloft), didn't take place the day before or the day after the discussion of cooking chicken.
  2. The Barmaid confirmed that the chat about modern novels happened at later date than the talk of spoiled brats.
  3. A dashing young Scotch and Soda pointed out that the debate on the cooking of chicken occured the day after the story about George Mulliner and the day before the tale of the duel with the German Baron.
  4. A Bass Ale informed us that the story of the nephew leaping in front of a taxi for a lady's hat came at least two days after the story of Lancelot Mulliner.
  5. A Rum Toddy remembered that the parable of the Mulliner who ate the entire layer cake was told the day after the subject was the hole in the ozone layer, and day before the tale about Adrian Mulliner.
  6. A Half & Half revealed that the story of Clarence Mulliner (who didn't hide in a hayloft) was told at least two days before the discussion of women as Jezebels.



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