Puzzle #6: Mislabeled Boxes

By Muriel Bristol (Transcriber) | October 2, 2018

There are three boxes. One is labeled “Apples,” another is labeled “Oranges,” and the last one is labeled “Apples and Oranges.”

You know that each is labeled incorrectly. You may ask me to pick one fruit from one box, which you choose.

How can you label the boxes correctly?

[Answer to Puzzle #6 to follow in the next Puzzle]

Solution to Puzzle #5: Smith, Jones and Robinson

We are told that Mr. Robinson lives in Leeds. Therefore, Mr. Robinson does not live anywhere else and none of the other passengers live in Leeds.

The guard lives halfway between Leeds and Sheffield. His nearest neighbor is a passenger who earns three times as much as the guard. Mr. Jones can not be the guard’s neighbor, because his salary is not divisible by three. Neither can Mr. Robinson, as we have seen that he lives in Leeds. Therefore, the guard’s neighbor must be Mr. Smith.

It also follows that Mr. Jones must live in Sheffield, that being the only remaining choice. Since, the guard’s namesake is said to live in Sheffield, it follows that the guard’s name is Jones.

Smith is said to have beaten the fireman at billiards. Therefore, Smith is not the fireman. We have seen that Jones is the guard. Therefore, by process of elimination, Smith must be the engine driver.


Author: Muriel Bristol

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