Tantalizer 449: Gnomes and gardens
11 July 2018
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From New Scientist #1000, 13th May 1976 [link]
Loose Chippings horticultural club used to be an all-male preserve. But last year a row about whether there should be a prize competition for garden gnomes at the annual show led mysteriously to ladies being allowed to compete in all events. This lapse turned out disastrously, since the Misses Mulch then carried off all the prizes in all the events.
Each sister in fact won exactly two prizes, being the only person to gain prizes in both her successful events and having just one sister who got prizes in neither. Scoring was the usual 3 for 1st prize, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd. Clara (a prize for veg. and the other for cut flowers) tied with Mildred (a prize for fruit and a better prize for shrubs). There were no other ties or any shared prizes and no sister won two prizes in the same event.
Precisely which prizes did Clara and Mildred win? And was there a prize competition for gnomes?