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A Criminal in the Village

Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.

 

Puzzle ID:#13676
Fun:*** (2.71)
Difficulty:* (0.81)
Category:Mystery
Submitted By:_riddle_reader_**
Corrected By:mouseprincess

 

 

 



There was a village that was controlled by the all powerful Chief. There was a theft in the village which had occurred recently, however no one knew who it was. The police had gathered up 8 suspects and brought them to the Chief. The Chief gave each of them a stick and said, "These are magic sticks. Overnight one stick will grow two inches longer than the rest. The one with the longer stick is the culprit. I want all of you to show up here again tomorrow." The next day, there was one person's stick that was two inches shorter while the other seven were two inches longer. The Chief had the person with the shorter stick arrested. How did he know that he was the culprit?





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Comments

tissueAus*
Jul 15, 2003

This is awesome!
andrewcs*us*
Jul 18, 2003

Its a good teaser, but i had heard that one before from a book I read.
shellface2009
Jul 22, 2003

that was a good teaser
highiq151
Aug 03, 2003

oldie but a goodie.
Bushgirllu
Aug 06, 2003

thats the first teaser ive managed to work out today!
beanie89**
Aug 11, 2003

Real Clever! Keep em comin
sotnakitt
Sep 18, 2003

.... the theif shaved off 2 inches because he thought it had grown. that or the village is full of theives and that man was the only true innocent among them.
marka**
Oct 11, 2003

I like this teaser. I added it to my favorites.
Ace_Revolver
Oct 19, 2003

This one was real easy, I got it right off the bat. But I admit it was pretty clever
mrazmerized**
Oct 19, 2003

Very clever riddle. I got it though. Still, I applaud you riddle_reader. Keep'em coming!
siameseifuplz*
Oct 26, 2003

A version of this is in "Cyberquest" by Sigmund Brouwer. Any 1 read it?
(user deleted)
Nov 14, 2003

dang that was a good one!!!!
redrogue
Jan 28, 2004

Heh...why didn't the thief just measure the original length and then take off two inches should it have grown, which it didn't? Not a very bright kender, we see.
bluetwo*
Jan 30, 2004

the thief is a moron. he could have measured the stick and, if it had grown, cut it to the original length. if it remained the same length, no worries. but i think i like sotnakitt's answer better: the village is full of thieves!
TherulerofthemAca*
Oct 01, 2004

No that is not a better answer, or how would the one person have a shorter stick
Mogmatt16Ava*
Oct 03, 2004

redrouge, criminals usually aren't that smart. that's why they are criminals.
sissy245Acz*
Oct 23, 2004

That was sort of easy to figure out, but you still had to think (sort of )
stormtrooper*
Feb 06, 2005

Too easy. read it in a book i read.
ABBAS1
Mar 12, 2005

i already knew the answer
one of my friends solving it
i ALSO like it becuse the chief did a relly fancy od trick and you know that i love those 8
changegurl**
May 04, 2005

And yet i get another one, right Ya!
sweetime**
Jun 01, 2005

the ruler - i think the idea was that if all the other villagers were theives then their sticks would have grown by 2 inches, therefore one stick was 2 inches shorter because it was the original length
sreejith
Jul 01, 2005

THIS IS A COPY!!! Its an Indian story.
chidam11Ain*
Jul 14, 2005

Easy One.
twixy*
Sep 04, 2005

i read this before
rkaalandAus*
Nov 16, 2005

Cool
emily103**
Apr 16, 2006

isn't this from a book?
RebelDixieAus
Jun 26, 2007

Way to easy.
adrianlvr1123*
Jan 30, 2008

GREAT JOB!!! It got me thinking but it was pretty clever GREAT JOB... again LOL!!
luckypuppy*us*
Mar 18, 2008

Easy but fun to read
MegRen*
Apr 24, 2009

No-brainer
sageowl3106Aus*
Sep 17, 2009

Fun! Gullible Criminal...
crazyboiezA
Nov 18, 2010

hmm... i saw this riddle on the 4th grade houghton mifflin reading book... O.o



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