CHANGE
OF CLOTHES

by Brian Tivol

Answer: TUNIC

The
five-letter words are like Mastermind guesses against the word

TUNIC; each
item initially costs $1.00, with each white peg adding a

dime and each
black peg adding a quarter.

Striking out all the letters in DERBY,
DORAG, and SHAWL, we see that

SHIRT's two matches must be I and T, while
THONG's two matches must be

T and N.
This means that the F in SHIFT must not be a match, and

therefore
the three matches in FICHU are I, C, and U.
This gives us

our five letters, and it's clear that no other letter
matches.

The black peg in LEVIS nails down the I. The black peg in THONG

cannot apply to
the N (because the I goes in that spot), so it must

nail down the T. With the T and I in their places, it follows
that

MUFTI's black peg must be for its U.
KANZU's black peg must fix the

N.
That leaves only one place for the C.