The Customs of Christmas

Christmas Returns

by Randall L. Whipkey

Last Saturday morning, Mrs. Holly returned the Christmas gifts for her children that hadn't worked out to the mall stores where she bought them. As it turned out, there was one return for each of the five children, including Ben, with each being returned for a different reason to a different mall retailer, one to Eddie Bauer. Given the details of her trip below, can you determine the order 1st-5th in which Mrs. Holly made the returns: the store visited, the child whose gift was returned, the item returned, and the reason for the return?

  1. Mrs. Holly made these five returns (not necessarily in order): Zach's gift, the jeans, the article bought at Banana Republic, the item of apparel that the recipient didn't like, and the one to the 5th store in the order.
  2. Erica's gift, which wasn't the one returned because it was too small, wasn't the one purchased at American Eagle Outfitters.
  3. Immediately after returning the hat to one mall store, Mrs. Holly returned Mindy's gift to another retailer.
  4. The item returned to Abercrombie and Fitch wasn't the one that was too large.
  5. The article Mrs. Holly took back to Banana Republic, which wasn't Erica's, wasn't the one that was the wrong color.
  6. Immediately after returning Tara's gift, Mrs. Holly returned the item that was too small; immediately after returning the too small article, Mrs. Holly returned the sweatshirt.
  7. The shorts weren't the too large item.
  8. Mindy's gift wasn't the one returened because it was the wrong style.
  9. The item of apparel returned to the Gap, which wasn't Mindy's, wasn't the sweatshirt.
  10. Mrs. Holly didn't return the jacket to American Eagle.
  11. The jeans weren't Tara's.
  12. In consecutive order first-to-last, Mrs. Holly made these three returns: the one to the Gap, Erica's gift, and the article that was the wrong color.


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