Enigma 207: Read all about it!
17 July 2014
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From New Scientist #1353, 14th April 1983 [link]
Hook, Line and Sinker were the judges for the Cooker Book prize this year as usual. They assembled a short list of six and then, as usual, could not agree on the order of merit. In the end each did his own ranking, giving 6 points for first place, 5 for second and so on (no ties). Then they totalled the points, which produced a final order (also without ties). Hook gave 5 points to the book which in fact came out second and 1 point to the book which finished third. He ranked “Stuff” above “Nonsense” and gave “Umph” the number of points which Line gave to “Impenetrables”. Line ranked “Gawp” above “Elements” and placed “Impenetrables” below “Umph”. Sinker ranked “Nonsense” third and “Stuff” fifth. No book totalled 13 or 10 or received the same number of points from any two judges. One of the books totalled 8.
Can you spell out the final order?