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At the Olympic Games (5) (Posted on 2004-08-30) Difficulty: 3 of 5
It was logical that four asian countries (Japan, Korea, Laos and Malaysia) should be the judo finalists, but I couldn’t learn the relative standings.

A reporter told me “Laos won silver, and/or Malaysia won bronze.” Other reporter added “Japan won gold, and/or Korea won bronze.” A third one added “Laos won gold, and/or Japan won silver.”

I couldn’t make heads or tails out of this, until I remembered that in judo, two bronze medals are awarded. Which were the standings?

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From your statements,

Laos won silver, and/or Malaysia won bronze.
Japan won gold, and/or Korea won bronze.
Laos won Gold, and
/or Japan won silver.

at least one part of each of the statements is correct, from the 3rd statement we can see that it differs from the 1st part of the other 2,
if either of the other 2 is correct then the final statement must be entirely false, therefore the final statement must be 100% correct and both 1st parts of the others must be wrong.

So the final standings are,
  • Laos,
  • Japan,
  • Malaysia and Korea.

  Posted by Juggler on 2004-08-30 07:39:20
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