Plaintown Friends is a small monthly meeting that has spent several recent business meetings laboring over a concern about late arrivals to worship. The meeting struggled for unity. “Late arrivals disrupt the Silence.” “Tardiness is disrespectful to those who are already gathered.” “We should lock the doors after worship has begun.” “It’s all I can do to get my kids out the door in the morning. If we must be prompt, we can’t attend.”
Eventually, all Friends agreed that everyone’s worship experience was enhanced when all arrived, settled, and centered by the appointed hour of 10:00 AM. All agreed to strive for that and also for compassion and acceptance for those who still arrived late for whatever reason.
THE LOGIC PUZZLE:
One recent First Day, twelve Friends attended worship at Plaintown Meeting. They sat in twelve chairs, which had been arranged in a circle and were labeled “A” through “L” (as in the illustration). One Friend arrived every
3 minutes, from 9:33 to 10:06. All twelve Friends centered down easily, and afterwards, all commented that the meeting had felt truly gathered.
From the details listed below, determine the time that each person arrived and which seat each person sat in. Also determine who the meeting’s four founding members are.
Remember: This is meant to be fun, not a chore! ~~~
Confianza del Señor is a member of Amigas del Señor Monastery in Honduras, which shares in a Covenant of Caring with Multnomah Monthly Meeting in Portland, OR (NPYM).
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