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who stole Mrs Archer's cake?

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During a recent police investigation, Chief Inspector Stone was interviewing five local villains to try and identify who stole Mrs Archer's cake from the mid-summers fayre. Below is a summary of their statements:

Arnold: it wasn't Edward
it was Brian

Brian: it wasn't Charles
it wasn't Edward

Charles: it was Edward
it wasn't Arnold

Derek: it was Charles
it was Brian

Edward: it was Derek
it wasn't Arnold

It was well known that each suspect told exactly one lie. Can you determine who stole the cake?

posted Aug 24, 2017 by Mogadala Ramana

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Charles stole Mrs Archer's cake from the mid-summers fayre.
Here is how;

1) Brian: it wasn't Charles it wasn't Edward
One of the statement is untrue (each suspect told exactly one lie).
Meaning The thief HAS TO BE EITHER Charles OR Edward

2) Arnold: it wasn't Edward; it was Brian
We know from above that - all other than Charles and Edward are innocent. Using this we conclude that Arnold's "IT was Brian" is a lie - Making the other statement "It wasn't Edward" as TRUE.
Meaning Edward is innocent.

That leaves Charles who must be the thief.

answer Aug 24, 2017 by Anup Desai



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