Instructions

Questions are based on a set of conditions. In answering some of the questions, it may be useful to draw a rough diagram. Choose the response that most accurately and completely answers each question.

Five colleagues pooled their efforts during the office lunch-hour to solve the crossword in the daily paper.

Colleagues: Mr. Bineet, Mr. Easwar, Ms. Elsie, Ms. Sheela, Ms. Titli.
Numbers: 4 down, 8 across, 15 across, 15 down, 21 across.
Order: First, second, third, fourth, fifth.

1. Titli produced the answer to 8 across, which had the same number of letters as the previous answer to be inserted, and one more than the subsequent answer which was produced by one of the men.
2. It was not Bineet who solved the clue to ‘Burden’, and Easwar did not solve 4 down.
3. The answers to 15 across and 15 down did not have the same number of letters.
4. 'Silence', which was not the third word to be inserted, was the answer to an across clue.
5. 'Barely' was the first word to be entered in the grid, but 'Baadshah' was not the second answer to be found.
6. Elsie's word was longer than Bineet's; Sheela was neither the first nor the last to come up with an answer.
7. Fifth one to be worked out was an answer to an across clue

Question 42

# What was Titli’s order?

Solution

Titli produced the answer to 8 across, which had the same number of letters as the previous answer to be inserted, and one more than the subsequent answer which was produced by one of the men. So, Titli must have produced a 7-letter word i.e either Silence or Rosebud. The word next to Titli's word must be a 6-letter word which is Burden. It cannot be Barely because it has been given that Barely is the first word to be inserted. Also, the word preceding Titli's word must be a 7-letter word.

Thus, both the 7-letter word and Burden must be at he consecutive places. They can be either at second, third and fourth position or third, fourth and fifth position. But, in the second case, Baadshah would be at the second position which is not possible as given in the question. So, both the 7-letter words and Burden must be at the second, third and the fourth position respectively and Baadshah would be at the fifth position. Also, Silence is not at the third position. So, it must be at the second position and Rosebus must be at the third position.

Elsie's word was longer than Bineet's. So, Elsie's word must be either Baadshah or Silence and Bineet's word should be either Barely or Silence. In both the cases, Burden would be Easwar's  word and it would be the answer to 15 down clue. Sheela was neither the first nor the last to come up with an answer. So, her answer must be Silence. Bineet's word must be Barely and Elsie's word must be Baadshah.

From the table we can see that Titli's order is third.
Hence, option C is the correct answer.