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Saturday, June 16, 2007

My revenge on the previous puzzle

Acting on an anonymous phone call, the police raid a house to arrest a suspected murderer. They don't know what he looks like but they know his name is Jack and that he is inside the house. The police bust in on a carpenter, a lorry driver, a mechanic and a fireman all playing poker. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately arrest the fireman. How do they know they've got their man?


Bob said...

Way too easy:

(a) The firefighter is the only male.

(b) He's the only one wearing the nametag "Jack".

(c) He has no nametag, but the other three do, and none of theirs is "Jack".

(d) You trade your barometer to a neighbor kid who tells you the fireman is the one you want.

(e) The carpenter, the lorry driver, and the mechanic do not have the property of existence.

RG said...

I agree it's way too easy, but you shouldn't give more than one answer because then every question in the world is easy...

Think of an exam where you can give 10 answers and any one may be correct to be marked.

Coming up next - a question you cannot do without pen and paper.

sandeepan said...

lol. i think the reply was better than the question!