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At the Olympic Games (6) (Posted on 2004-09-27) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Argentine, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Equator competed at the Olympic Games, placing first through fifth in an event. They said:

Argentine: "I was not last."
Brazil: "Canada got the bronze."
Canada: "Argentine ended behind Equator."
Dominican Republic: "Equator got silver."
Equator: "Dominican Republic didn't get gold."

The gold and silver winners lied, but the other three told the truth. How did the event end?

  Submitted by Federico Kereki    
Rating: 2.6923 (26 votes)
Solution: (Hide)
Let's write A, B, C, D, and E, instead of the whole names.

A couldn't be 1st or 2nd, for he would be telling the truth, or 5th, for he would be lying, so he was 3rd or 4th.

If D was telling the truth, then E would be lying, and thus D would be 1st, and lying; thus, D is lying, and he is 1st or 2nd.

If E was lying, D would be 1st, so E would have to be 2nd, and then D would have been telling the truth; thus, E is 3rd, 4th or 5th, and D must be 2nd.

Now, only B or C could be 1st. If B isn't 1st, as he couldn't be 2nd, he'd have to be 4th or 5th because C would be 3rd, but nobody would be 1st; thus, B was 1st, and C isn't 3rd, and A ended behind E.

The only solution is then B, D, E, A and C.

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