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Murder on a Train

Logic puzzles require you to think. You will have to be logical in your reasoning.

 

Puzzle ID:#1047
Fun:*** (2.83)
Difficulty:*** (2.25)
Category:Logic
Submitted By:vivek***
Corrected By:bpkeller

 

 

 



The midnight train is coming down the mountains. Art Farnanski seems to be dozing off in his seat. Someone knows that this is not true. At the station, all the passengers get off the train, except one. The conductor comes and taps him on the shoulder to let him know they have arrived. Art Farnanski does not answer. He is dead. Hours later the four people that had shared the train compartment with the dead man are at the police station.

The man in the dark suit:
"I'm innocent. The blonde woman was talking to Farnanski."

The blonde woman:
"I'm innocent. I did not speak to Farnanski."

The man in the light suit:
"I'm innocent. The brunette woman killed him."

The brunette woman:
"I'm innocent. One of the men killed him."

That same morning, while he is serving him coffee, the waiter at the Petit Piccolo asks the commander, "This is an easy case for you, isn't it?"

"Yes", answers the commander. "Four true statements and four false ones. Easy as pie."

Who killed Farnanski? (Only one person is guilty).


Answer

The blonde woman killed Mr Farnanski. There are only four true statements. Only one person is guilty. Therefore, three of the "I'm innocent" statements are true. Only one more statement can be true, and this must be the one made by the man in the dark suit or by the blonde woman. Therefore, "The brunette killed him" and "One of the men killed him" are false statements, so the blonde woman is the killer.
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Comments

missie
Dec 24, 2001

Excellent!
mishiko
Feb 12, 2002

Hard yet fun
Tori
Apr 25, 2002

hard yet fun i like it alot
SandPman
May 12, 2002

Not too hard to figure but well put and enjoyable. Thanks.
O_wise_one*
May 21, 2002

Hard, but enjoyable. Nicely worded. Thanks!!!
kool_lil_girl
Jul 07, 2002

hee hee i like it
cs526columbia
Jul 15, 2002

good! (wasn't that hard!)
Monique114**
Jul 24, 2003

Great teaser! I really had to think about that one, but I got it!
tec_ocd
Jan 09, 2004

finally a logic teaser with some logic involved... i guess we will never know if the blonde woman was talking to him or not though
rebel*
Feb 24, 2004

I got it after a while.
Kinergy
Feb 20, 2005

So easy a computer could solve it.
eyenowhourus*
Dec 21, 2006

Easy once I read the teaser correctly. Fun, though. Good job.
LeafFan4life*
Apr 03, 2007

good teaser it sure fooled me



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