A MIDTERM PROGRESS REPORT TO THE ENRON BOARD OF DIRECTORS, JULY 2000

by Mike Selinker and Sean Trowbridge

Solution: FIGURE EIGHT

Arrange the counties in alphabetical order (there's one of each letter from A to O, per the "More Evil to Come" page), and solve the logic problem to determine the prices charged to the counties.

Alameda County Facility: \$345 (73 + \$2) ÷ \$15 = \$23 (W)

Butte County Facility: \$300 (13 x 23 + \$1) ÷ \$20 = \$15 (O)

Contra Costa County Facility: \$450 (\$900 ÷ 2) ÷ \$25 = \$18 (R)

Del Norte County Facility: \$220 (13 x 17 - \$1) ÷ \$55 = \$4 (D)

El Dorado County Facility: \$342 (\$345 - \$3) ÷ \$18 = \$19 (S)

Fresno County Facility: \$132 (\$264 ÷ 2) ÷ \$66 = \$2 (B)

Glenn County Facility: \$300 ÷ \$12 = \$25 (Y)

Humboldt County Facility: \$225 (\$220 - 5) ÷ \$15 = \$15 (O)

Imperial County Facility: \$405 (\$406 - \$1) ÷ \$45 = \$9 (I)

Jackson Creek Regional Subfacility: \$264 (\$225 + \$39) ÷ \$22 = \$12 (L)

Kings County Facility: \$88 (\$220 - \$132) ÷ \$44 = \$2 (B)

Los Angeles County Facility: \$17 (\$900 + \$1 ÷ 53) ÷ \$17 = \$1 (A)

Marin County Facility: \$900 (\$303) ÷ \$50 = \$18 (R)

Napa County Facility: \$406 (202 + \$6) ÷ \$58 = \$7 (G)

Orange County Facility: \$215 (23 x 33 - \$1) ÷ \$43 = \$5 (E)

Find the markup multiplier for each county. In county order, convert those multipliers to alphanumerics to get the phrase WORDS BY OIL BARGE. Look in the chart on page 9 next to the oil barge to find the phrase "Fig. 8," and get the answer FIGURE EIGHT.