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The Brother-in-Law

Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#1733
Fun:*** (2.77)
Difficulty:** (1.9)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:missie***
Corrected By:Winner4600

 

 

 



A detective was talking with Sam. He said, "I'm sorry to tell you this, but your brother-in-law is dead."
"I'm not surprised. Harry had more than one enemy. He had Dick, whom he owes gambling debts, and then there's Jack, whom he cheated out of a will," Sam said. As Sam continued to list the enemies of Harry, the detective made a call and arrested Sam on suspicion of murder. What was the call about? Why was the detective suspicious?


Answer

The detective called to find out how many brothers-in-law Sam had. When he found out that he had three, he realized that Sam had immediately known that it was Harry who had died.
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Comments

alphonso
Jan 12, 2002

Good, but fairly easy.
JuJu Bear
Jan 18, 2002

Fun!
Phyllis*
Jan 18, 2002

Good one!
dgoertz
Jan 21, 2002

how do ya know he has 3 brothers-in-law? he couldve only had the one...
magisastar
Apr 15, 2002

I thought because the detective didnt tell the man he woz murdered, but the man automatically assumed murder which isnt quite normal.
O_wise_one*
Jun 01, 2002

good point magisastar!
angie*
Jun 03, 2002

God Sam's dumb!
bmotts*
Aug 20, 2002

Nice one. If there's a bad brother-in-law teaser, I haven't heard it!
megan
Dec 21, 2002

Don't you have to use only the info given in the teaser? How are we suppose to figure out that sam has 3 brother-in-laws?
dsquared*nz*
Jul 08, 2003

Great teaser, I liked this one even if it was fairly easy it could be solved without too many questions. Megan, read the info at the top of Situation Teasers as per: Many 'Situation Puzzles' are not designed to be answered by themselves. The idea is for one person to know the answer and other people in a group to try and guess it using yes or no questions. The first person to get the answer is the winner.
jannie_delta*wa*
May 03, 2005

it's funny how everyone repeats the thing on the top of the page, then says something that defies it in another comment...lol
Lilmzperfect9*
Sep 24, 2005

Situation Puzzles are not designed to be answered by themselves. The idea is for one person to know the answer and other people in a group to try and guess it using yes or no questions. The first person to get the answer is the winner.
ShadowsAca*
Nov 08, 2008

I saw this one on Mindtrap, with different names and slightly more obvious clues. People are so unimaginative nowadays...
eighsseAus*
Sep 02, 2013

Here is my answer:

"He had Dick, whom he owes gambling debts." HARRY (the victim) owes DICK gambling debts. You would not kill the person who owes you money. You might kill a person TO WHOM you owe a massive amount of money, but not vice versa. Sam's story doesn't make sense, and thus brings suspicion to himself.



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