When I refer to written logic puzzles, I mean those in which, for example, 5 men wearing 5 different colors of aprons are bringing 5 different pies from 5 different cities to 5 different booths in the fair. There are clues such as, "John is bringing an apple pie from Pittsburgh, while the man wearing the green apron is taking his pie to the kissing booth." Given the clues, the reader has to determine each man's name, the color of his apron, which pie he's bringing, which city he's coming from, and which booth he's going to. A grid is frequently used to record the answers. (Sorry to be so verbose in my description, but I wanted to be sure a new person would know what I meant.)

I would like to create some of these -- I plan to send them to a magazine for publication -- but in order for me to solve them, I need to give too many clues. In the above situation, I should only need to give about 10 of these compound clues, but I find I'm giving easily twice as many. Is there a trick to reduce the number of clues needed, or do I just need to be smarter? (Is this even a question for Stack Exchange?)

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    $\begingroup$ Questions about puzzle creation are absolutely fine for this site (see puzzle-creation) and this is a good question :) $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil May 12 at 18:25
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    $\begingroup$ Do you have an example of a puzzle of this type with 5 categories and only 10 hints? Usually I see 15-20 hints if you don't call "A is B and C is D" as one hint $\endgroup$ – Helena May 12 at 19:40
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    $\begingroup$ @Helena, I'm calling "A is B and C is D" as one compound clue, since they almost always pair clues in the same sentence. $\endgroup$ – GinnyBethoc May 12 at 21:01

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