again...just my 2 cents. ill shut up if you guys want to just share amongst yourselves instead...
my approach to games:
write out each rule as it comes next to the clue itself
A must be with B (AB or BA)
F cannot be next to G (F-\-G)
A comes before K (A-->K)
then i numbered each so i know exactly how many rules were given.
then i made another column for extrapolated clues:
(AB or BA)-->K
i guess this example doesnt really show you how valuable this was for me. but for games that have a few clues and a lot of extrapolations, it tends to be pretty helpful because all the rules are right there in front of you.
i also found that writing out all the rules helped instead of clumping them together because sometimes the simple rules can be overlooked when answering questions.
if i see AB (A next to B), it is easier for me to see that if that is a separate rule, as opposed to seeing AB-->K.
hope these points can help at least one of you...
if not, just tell me to shut the @#!* up and i wont bother you guys anymore...