Enigma 243C: Christmas Fare
15 December 2014
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From New Scientist #1389, 22nd December 1983 [link]
Last Christmas I tried out my new toy — a home computer — by running a program of recipes which came with it. After typing in “Christmas” there was a choice of four suitable outline menus, numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Each menu consisted of a starter, a main meal item, a sauce and a dessert. So to print out, for example, the dessert of the third menu one had to type in 3.4 — which made the recipe for the Yule Log appear on the screen. Another dessert was Brandy Snaps, and two of the main meal items were Goose, and Ham à la Champagne. One of the sauces was Chestnut, which went with one of the poultry dishes. Each of the four menus included fruit somewhere (a Melon and Red Wine starter, a Lemon Snowball dessert, a Grapefruit Sorbet starter, and Cranberry Sauce). Each of the four menus involved a geographical region (Pâté Provençal, Cumberland Sauce for the Roast Duck of course, Madeira Sauce, and Turkey!) And each menu included a festive or seasonal dish (as well as the Yule Log and Lemon Snowballs there was Christmas Pudding and Pumpkin Soup). Unfortunately, in my alcoholic haze last Christmas, to print out a menu I typed in error, 1.1, 2.2, 3.3 and 4.4. This meant that at least three of the items contained an alcoholic drink in their name — and the whole family ended up inebriated. So this year I’m going to stick to the first menu. Which four items will I have to prepare?
This completes the archive of puzzles from 1983, and brings the total number of Enigmas on the site to 756. This leaves 20 years of puzzles from 1984 to 2003 to solve.