A few years ago, as a Christmas present, my Mom signed me up for
the Dickens Book-of-the-Month Club.
As I am a huge fan of classic literature, this was the perfect gift
for me. I started receiving the books last year and by now I have
accumulated quite a collection.
I even built a special shelf to hold my nine favorite volumes. Each
Dickens title is lovingly bound in leather with sturdy, gilt-edged
pages and hand painted illustration on the cover. These
illustrations depict a different landmark that was famous in London
during the Victorian Era.
I received each novel in a different month (January, February,
March, May, June, July, September, November, and December.
However I don't have the books arranged on the shelf in any
particular order other than my personal preference.
Now any time I want to read about the adventures of Pip or the
Artful Dodger, I simply reach into my bookshelf and have a Dickens
of a good time reading!
From the information
provided below, can you determine:
The London location
pictured on the cover of each Dickens
Where it sits on my
shelf (A through I in the illustration)?
Which month in which
I received each volume?
Dickens Book Clue List:
1. Hard Times
is not the book with the
Grosvenor Square illustration
on the cover.
2. Great Expectations is
to the immediate left of the book with the
Piccadilly Street illustration on the cover.
3. The book I received in January is larger than, and next to, the
one I got in December.
4. David Copperfield is
to the immediate left of the book with the picture of
Regent's Park on the cover.
5. I received Oliver Twist
in June. I got the book with the Covent
Garden illustration on the cover in February.
6. I received Book A (which is not A
Tale of Two
Cities) in September.
7. Bleak House is next to
the book with the picture of London
Bridge on the cover (which I received exactly two
months after David Copperfield).
8. The book with the Newgate Prison
illustration on the cover is larger than
A Christmas Carol (which is larger than, and to
the immediate right of, the one with the picture of
St. Bartholomew's Hospital
on the cover.
9. I received Little Dorrit
(which is Book E) at some point after the book with the picture of
Drury Lane on the cover
(which happens to be Book B).
10. I received the book with the picture of
St. Bartholomew's Hospital on
the cover exactly two months before The
Pickwick Papers (which is smaller than, and to the
immediate left of, the one with the illustration of
Westminster Abbey on the
So What does Rick have to say about the Dickens Puzzle?
This puzzle is very difficult. In fact, I think
it is one of the 3 hardest puzzles I have ever submitted. If you are a beginner
at solving logic puzzles, expect a bumpy ride.
And did I solve it? Yes and No. The first time, I got stuck
and lost my patience. I decided to "go for it" so I simply intuited the answer.
surprise, I lucked out and got it right!
Then when I got my patience back I returned a second
time to search for a way I could have solved it without guess
work. At the conclusion of my work, I realized some of my answers
contradicted each other. So I had to start over. I went back and
As they say, the third time was a charm. The puzzle is fair
and the clues don't play tricks. You just have to concentrate.
The people who solve this one have the right to
be known as true Logic Aces. Send your answers to Rick Archer at