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The Perfect Murder

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:#3650
Fun:*** (2.9)
Difficulty:*** (2.67)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:PeaceJo*ca****

 

 

 



Edward carefully plotted the murder of his enemy. One winter's day he strangled her in the bedroom, then faked a burglary. He ransacked the house, scattered possessions and broke through the patio doors. He set the burglar alarm downstairs before driving to the local golf course to establish his alibi. Two hours later, when Edward was in the middle of his golf game with three colleagues, the burglar alarm went off and the police were alerted. They found the house apparently broken into and the woman strangled. No animals or electrical devices were found which could have set the alarm off, so it looked as though an intruder had set off the alarm before killing the poor woman. Edward was never arrested or charged. The police inspector long suspected Edward, but there was one question which he could not fathom: How did the suspect get the burglar alarm to go off so conveniently? Can you work it out?




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Comments

PeaceJo*ca*
Apr 24, 2002

Not sure what happened - but as it turns out, Edward was plotting the murder of his wife! (although she may have been his enemy too!)
cathalmccabe
Apr 24, 2002

If the alarm went off a few hours later and police alerted then, time of death could be established a lot more accurately, and they would know she had died earlier. eg She would be a lot colder etc
Mogmatt16Ava*
Apr 24, 2002

Things like that always involve ice.
Pizzahead
Apr 26, 2002

I'm having a hard time picturing this. Either he'd need enough ice to ensure that some of the water runs off after it melts and upsets the balance, or he's counting on water moving from one side of the tray to the other.
chamber44
Apr 26, 2002

Puzzles like that seem to have a million answers that wouln't be the answer posted but would still work. I challenge people to come up with other (better) solutions.
PeaceJo*ca*
Apr 26, 2002

Cathalmccabe - Of course you're right. However, it says there was one question the detective couldn't figure out - how the alarm went off when it did. Perhaps without proving this he couldn't obtain a warrant - even if he did figure out the rest of it.
PeaceJo*ca*
Apr 26, 2002

Chamber44 - I think that is the point of situation puzzles. There could be many different answers that all could fit the details given. The trick (and the teaser part) is to ask the right questions to come to the "correct" given answer. Really good situation puzzles always seem like you needed more info to get at the given answer than you were originally given, but again, that is why they are ideally solved in a question/answer format as stated at the top of each teaser puzzle. As for challenging people to come up with other solutions - I'd love to hear them. And if they are better - it will be all the more fun the next time I want to share this teaser.
oosunshyneoo*
Jul 11, 2004

That man was really creative!!
usernameAhk*
Jul 31, 2004

this looks quite good. i'm not sure if this is a little bug in it or not: the woman was dead 2 hours before the alarm went off. the coroner would know the time when she died and then, the alarm going off 2 hours later would be wierd. so, then, they could be more inspection of how the alarm went off, wouldn't it?
(user deleted)
Jun 03, 2005

Uhhh Yeah...
Gesmynaim**
Nov 19, 2005

I was thinking the house may have been on a golf course and he hit a golf ball through a window or something
RadioguyAus*
Oct 29, 2007

Obviously, the police inspector wasn't Columbo.. Good teaser!
AlexRi3erAus**
Nov 06, 2008

What if he hung a pan from a thick rope, set fire to the rope, and gotten out of there. Eventually, the rope would completely burn, and fire truchs whould be there because of the smoke, so the police couldn't investivate right away. Or he could have just set fire to the house.
AlexRi3erAus**
Nov 06, 2008

WHY DIDN'T HE JUST kill her, ransack the house, and get out of there. Why did he set off the burglar alarm in the first place?
srpwuzhereAus*
Nov 16, 2008

thats a smart dude!!!
legotboytus*
Sep 04, 2010

I kind of liked this one but i didn't like the answer. There are hundreds of possible answers to a teasers.
legotboytus*
Sep 04, 2010

i just relized something, how did he avoid setting off the alarm while he was setting up his whole scem and killing the lady and what not.
GreenApples27*nz*
Dec 07, 2010

Edward is a very smart man!



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