So here is an amazingly difficult Star Trek themed puzzle created by University of Kentucky mathematician Raphael Finkel. Prof Finkel created the puzzle as a test case for some software he wrote which assists in MAKING puzzles. Cool, huh? Finkel said of the puzzle, “I wanted to try out some pretty complex clues that my software handles.” He adds: “I think, by the way, that this puzzle is extremely difficult.”
So without further ado, here is the hardest Star Trek puzzle ever created!
Grobly Grizik is planning to write a novel fashioned after Star Trek: The Next Generation. In this novel, six of the crew members compete both at Fizzbin and at Tridimensional chess. Each crew member gets two independent rankings for ability at these games, with 1 ranked lowest and 6 highest. Every crew member has a personal hero among the crew, and every crew member is afraid of some crew member. Everyone is the hero of somebody, and everyone is feared by somebody. Nobody either fears him/herself nor counts him/herself as a hero. Nobody fears his/her own hero. From the given clues, discover every crew member’s ranking at Fizzbin and at Tri-D chess, as well as whom he/she fears and whom he/she counts as a hero:
- Geordi ranks 2 at Tri-D Chess.
- Picard ranks two positions behind Troi at Fizzbin.
- Troi is feared by the person Geordi fears.
- Worf’s hero ranks 3 times lower at Tri-D Chess than the crew member who is best at Fizzbin.
- Picard’s hero fears Geordi.
- Data’s hero is not Geordi.
- Data is the hero of Riker’s hero.
- The person who is worst at Fizzbin is better than Troi at Tri-D Chess.
- The person ranked number 3 at Tri-D Chess is ranked 4 positions higher than Data at Fizzbin.
- Riker is feared by the person Picard fears and is the hero of Worf’s hero.
- Riker is ranked 2 lower at Tri-D Chess than the crew member ranked 2 at Fizzbin.
So there’s that for you! Come back next week for the answer to the riddle that has gone where no riddle has gone before!