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The solution posted makes a mistake...
The solution correctly asserts that Kottke has 13 points, but then in the next sentence uses the "fact" that Kottke has 14 points to eliminate the possiblity of 4 2's plus a 5 (==13). Since Kottke's score IS 13, the actual reason that 4 2's plus a 5 doesn't work is that between Allen and Spolsky, all the 5's are taken, therefore you must use the 4 3's + 1 solution.
Jim Wray
Wednesday, July 24, 2002
Also, once you've established that K's scores were 33331, the rest of it is can be simplified  all the remaining scores to be assigned are even, with the exception of Lycos' 1pointer. Since the two remaining people scored 15 and 12, Lycos' 1pointer must go to the 15 guy.
WeiHwa Huang
Thursday, August 15, 2002
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