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June 2011 - Matchmaker

















The Matchmaker was an honored profession in past cultures, serving the valuable purpose of pairing off men and women in hopes of a long and successful relationship.  The Matchmaker would carefully consider the characteristics of each partner to determine which pairs would be compatible.

Figure 1 shows six men and six women each with varying hair color and eye color.  A man or woman will only accept a partner that has at least one of these traits in common.  For example, Man A and Woman 5 would make a matching pair because they have at least one trait in common (same hair color).  However Man A and Woman 1 would not make a matching pair because they do not have any traits in common.

Question:  What pairings of men and women allow for everyone to have a partner with at least one trait in common?  (There are several correct answers.)

Send your answer to puzzlor@gmail.com by August 15th, 2011.  The winner, chosen randomly from correct answers, will receive an “Analytics - Driving Better Business Decisions” T-shirt.  Congratulations to Scott Wiederhold for correctly solving February’s Best Host PuzzlOR.  Past questions can be found at puzzlor.com.
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