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 Will the real engineer please stand up? (Posted on 2004-05-18)
On a train, Smithe, Robins, and John are the fireman, conductor, and the engineer, but NOT respectively. Also aboard the train are three businessmen who have the same names: a Mr. Smithe, a Mr. Robins, and a Mr. John.

Mr. Robins Lives in New York. The conductor lives exactly halfway between Columbus and New York. Mr. John earns exactly \$20,000 per year. The conductor's nearest neighbor, one of the passengers, earns exactly three times as much as the conductor. Smithe beats the fireman in billiards. The passenger whose name is the same as the conductor's lives in Columbus.

Who is the Engineer?

 No Solution Yet Submitted by Victor Zapana Rating: 3.2188 (32 votes)

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Mr. Robins lives in NY, so he isn't the conductor's neighbor, because the conductor lives halfway between NY and Columbus. Mr. John earns \$20000, which isn't a multiple of three, so  he isn't the conductor's neighbor either. Thus, Mr. Smithe is the conductor's neighbor. Mr. John must be the passenger who lives in Columbus, and thus the conductor is also a John. The fireman isn't John or Smithe, so he is Robins. THEREFORE, THE CONDUCTOR IS SMITHE.

 Posted by e.g. on 2004-05-18 14:22:29
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