I've been a bit excited about the Olympic Games lately, so decided to make a simple teaser about them. Please excuse my poor drawing, that's the best I could do on my laptop.

Five desperate housewives - Tina, Sarah, Barbara, Francesca, and Victoria, were on a vacation in Brazil for the summer, so decided they could as well visit the Olympic Games in Rio. They bought tickets for several events, dressed up in their finest clothes, and went to the Olympic facility. However, once they got there, one of them wasn't allowed to enter. Which one?

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    $\begingroup$ @BmyGuest, I believe the answer becomes clear once you learn/notice it. My mediocre drawing skills may be an issue with figuring out the puzzle however, so I consider answering it myself. I expected it to be easy and fun, but it may end up too frustrating... $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 20:02
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    $\begingroup$ I think reassuring puzzlers that this is not a "guess the odd one out" type of game-puzzle, but a real puzzle with an - once discovered - obviouse and singular solution - is the right way to go. I dissagree with the VTC vote so far - because of the benefit of the doubt. But if it is just a guessing-puzzle, I would recommend removing it. (I kind of like your drawing style. Have seen worse here...) Oh, don't self-answer for at least a week! (or end of Rio2016) :c) $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 20:04
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    $\begingroup$ I think it is a valid puzzle, albeit not the very best I've seen. But with the "visual" tag (and none other) it seems within the scope as far as I'm concerned. However, you should not have answerd it that quickly. (I would not have found it, but I think others would.) $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 20:13
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    $\begingroup$ I liked this! I don't think you should have answered it so quickly, nor should people have been so quick to VTC. $\endgroup$
    – Morgan G
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 21:08
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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure about "desperate housewives"...but I did like the puzzle. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 7:50

6 Answers 6


Since it seems the question was mis-read, and it wasn't my intention to frustrate anyone, I provide the correct answer as intended:

Each of the housewives is wearing a ball patch from a popular sport - tennis (Tina), soccer (Sarah), basketball (Barbara), American football (Francesca), volleyball (Victoria). Out of these 5 sports, only American football is not part of the Olympic Games, and therefore the correct answer is Francesca.

Or, more visually:

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  • $\begingroup$ @BmyGuest, the system says I must wait for 2 more days. If I can put the correct answer somehow on top and then accept the "gingers have no souls" answer, this would also be fine $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 21:29
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    $\begingroup$ No, rather wait those two days and then accept it. Think of it "from the future perspective". People might find the puzzle in future, want to solve it themeselves, and then check the correct answer. It is the best (and correct) answer, after all. Giving out reputation etc. is really not the point of this site. Testing puzzle-ideas and learning how to solve or built good puzzles is (IMHO). $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 21:31
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    $\begingroup$ But Football is in the Olympics $\endgroup$
    – Oak
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 22:22
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    $\begingroup$ @Oak not american football. $\endgroup$
    – Areeb
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 1:54
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    $\begingroup$ @ArturKirkoryan Yes, please don't accept my answer! It was more for fun than a serious one. And this puzzle was definitely a good one. $\endgroup$
    – IAmInPLS
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 6:15

The one in the middle because...

She isn't wearing any of the Olympic colors: Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, Red.
(The one on the far right at least has red hair so she counts.)

Or, having a little fun if only there was a lateral thinking tag, the one second from the left (in black) isn't allowed because...

Human bodies aren't shaped like that and she was called out as a tiny alien controlling a robot body.

  • $\begingroup$ But the one in the middle is wearing black. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ Top of the dress is black on the middle (tie part) so if this is the reason I would say it is the last one. $\endgroup$
    – gtwebb
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 19:27
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm, not wearing olympic colours doesn't seem like an exclusion criterium at the Olympics to me.... $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 19:58
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your answer (especially the second one:). I had something else in mind though, so in order not to confuse others, I posted my solution below. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 20:33

The second from the left because :

She is wearing clothes with a rope, and ropes are forbidden.

Or :

The ginger one, because ginger have no souls.

  • $\begingroup$ +1 from me for the ginger as well. I had something else in mind however, and posted my answer below. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ Oh well :) as a European, football doesn't mean this to me ;) ! $\endgroup$
    – IAmInPLS
    Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 21:16

Assuming they are in order

Francesca (second from the right)


She is dressed as an American Football, and they don't do that at the Olympics.


How about:

The second from the left (the black pentagon) because
1) she is wearing baggy clothing that may used to conceal a prohibited item or
2) (if this is just an "odd one out puzzle") she is the only one wearing angular clothing. The rest of the women are curvy.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your answer, the second one was a good observations. I had something else in mind however, and decided to post my answer below. $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 8, 2016 at 20:37

My answer:

Victoria, the one in black.


Concerning the naming convention: Each silhouette resembles the capital letters of each housewife's name. In the-second-woman-from-the-left's case, her silhouette clearly mimics the letter V, hence she is Victoria. Now, concerning the reason for the denied entry: Victoria is wearing a very loose, black poncho-styled outfit, as well as stilettos which enable her to easily conceal unauthorized items. As it is very crowded and busy during the olympics, and for the purposes of saving time (to avoid delays), Victoria was not 'invited' for additional screening, but was simply denied entry until she wears a more 'appropriate' outfit.

  • $\begingroup$ The naming convention is apparently from left to right. This being a visual puzzle, and not a lateral thinking one, this seems to miss the point. $\endgroup$
    – Nij
    Commented Aug 15, 2016 at 10:54

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