Brain Game: Slacker Sales


I'm fairly certain that this is my first attempt at a 5x5x5 logic puzzle. Since this is unchartered territory for me, please be gentle but frank with your comments. Thanks! Here we go:

At Slacker Sales, the company's oldest salesperson - Harry - finally retired, leaving the office staffed with younger workers: two women, Kim and Mim, and three men, Jim, Tim, and Vim. Harry asked the five salespersons to submit a secret ballot to determine which one of them would replace him as the new Chief of Sales. While sitting around the conference table, each of the five salespersons wrote a name on a small slip of paper and passed them to Harry. The retiree-to-be laughed to himself as he silently tallied the votes. Although each salesperson had voted for a different person to become chief, Harry immediately knew which of them had cast which vote. You see, he'd given each of them a different writing implement to use: a pencil, a ballpoint, a crayon, a felt pen, and a highlighter. Harry quickly announced the name of his replacement, and moments later, it was coffee, muffins, and smiles all around.

Based on the following three clues, can you determine which salesperson used which writing tool AND the vote cast by each of the five? Good luck:

1. The woman who had the crayon voted for herself, but no one else (including the man with the felt pen) cast a self-vote. 2. The man holding the highlighter, who was not Jim, voted for Tim, who had the pencil. 3. The ballpoint pen was not Kim's, but it was used by whomever voted for Vim.

NOTE: Since this puzzle was first offered, the text of clue 1 has been expanded to make it clearer. You're reading the new, revised version.

Here is the SOLUTION.


Jim used the felt pen to vote for Mim.
Kim used the crayon to vote for herself.
Mim used the ballpoint to vote for Vim.
Tim used the pencil to vote for Jim.
Vim used the highlighter to vote for Tim.

Oh, and Kim won the position. The salespeople all knew that the "promotion" meant longer hours at the office and fewer opportunities to get out there and sell (and make the big bucks). Harry quickly determined that anyone who voted for him/herself deserved the position, since (1) it exhibited confidence in that person's ability, and (2) it must have been cast by a person who really wanted the job.