June 2007 LSAT, Game 2, #6

In my last post, I created a setup for Game 2 of the June 2007 LSAT. I didn't make as much progress as I might have liked, but it just feels like one of those games where you can't make a lot of inferences. As much as I'd like to make a ton of inferences and predict the answers before I've even seen the questions, I don't think that's possible here. So I'm going to turn to the questions and see if I can sort them out. This is where the rubber meets the road--I should fairly quickly be able to learn whether I've missed something or I'm on the right track.

Question 6 is a simple list question. It says "Which one of the following could be a complete and accurate description of the order in which the films are shown at the festival?"

Each answer provides a complete film festival calendar, and we're asked to pick the one that works. Since there is only one correct answer to each question, this means four of the answer choices will not work. And I know from experience that it's much easier, on a question like this, to identify the four that will not work than it is to be sure that the right answer really will work. It's a "could be true," and to me that usually means I'm going to use a process of elimination.

And I'm going to be a stickler for how the process of elimination is applied. We are not going to go through the answer choices in order and try to see what's wrong with them. if we did it this way, we'd run the risk of getting stuck for too long on the correct answer, trying to figure out what's wrong with it. Instead, we're going to take the rules, one at a time, and use them to eliminate as many answer choices as possible. (This is the fastest way to do it, and the Logic Games require efficiency. This question type appears on almost every game, so shaving off 30 seconds every time we see it makes a big difference in the long run.)

When we're done, we will have tested all of the rules. If we understand the rules properly, we'll be left with only one answer choice. That will be our answer.

Rule 1: H is the last film on Thursday.

This gets rid of Answer D, which incorrectly places L as the last show on Thursday. All the other answer correctly place H last on Thursday, so they're still in the running. We won't consider Answer D again, since it's eliminated.

Rule 2: Either G or L is last on Friday, and G and L can't both be shown on Friday.

This gets rid of Answer B, since both G and L are listed for Friday. It also gets rid of Answer E, since H is incorrectly listed as the last show on Friday. We're already down to just A and C.

Rule 3: Either G or H is last on Saturday, and G and H can't both be shown on Saturday.

This gets rid of neither A nor C. What do we do now?

First thing:  Don't panic. Second thing: Check the body of the game description (the opening paragraph) to make sure we haven't forgotten any rules. Let's see: Did A and C each show every film at least once? Ahhh, that's it. Answer A fails to show G on any day. Since every film has to be shown at some point, that eliminates A.

Since we've tested all the rules and we're left with one and only one answer, the correct answer must be C. I'm very confident in this answer, and I'll use that confidence as we proceed through the rest of the questions.