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Who Stole the Birdseed? (Posted on 2004-10-21) Difficulty: 3 of 5
  Bonnie bought a bag of birdseed. She left it in her apartment (#5) before she went to work, intending to fill the feeder that afternoon. But when she got back, the bag of birdseed was gone!

  There were four other people living in the same apartment building as her, all of whom were avid birdwatchers like Bonnie. One of them must have done it. Look at the clues below. If you know everybody's name, apartment number (#1 through #4), and favourite bird, you will know who is guilty.

1. The guilty person's apartment number is not numbered one higher or one lower than Hal's.
2. Joe's favourite bird is the crow; his apartment number is one lower than that of Ike (who doesn't like robins).
3. The guilty person's apartment is not #3 (the number of the finch-lover's).
4. Gil is neither at apartment #1 nor the wren-lover.


See The Solution Submitted by Captain Paradox    
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re(2): No Solution!... unless I am missing something (spoilers) | Comment 5 of 133 |
(In reply to re: No Solution!... unless I am missing something (spoilers) by RandyOrton)

I was thinking about that too.  I think it was a safe assumption, but I think I have to admit it was an assumption.

Does this also mean that statement 4 excludes the wren-lover from being apt #1 as well?  If so, that removes the case where Hal is in apt #1.

And then if we are allowed to use the "olympic reporter" clause where a case with ambiguous results can be thrown out, then that removes the case where Hal is in apt #4.

That seems like an awful lot of assumptions, though. =(

  Posted by nikki on 2004-10-21 13:08:02
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