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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.

Whodunit?

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Possible Solution | Comment 51 of 133 |

From the clues, we get the following possible positions

1   2   3   4   5

J   I   _   _   B     this leads to   "J  I  G  H  B" and                                        "H J  I  G  B" . 

Thus, possible

Apt1      Hal         Wren                                                            Apt2      Joe         Crow                                                            Apt3      Ike         Finch                                                             Apt4      Gil          Robin

_   J   I   _    B   This leads to "G J  I  H  B"              and                                      "H J  I  G  B" .  The first is not possible, as G is not in Apt 1. Leaving us

Apt1      Joe       Crow                                                            Apt2      Ike       Wren                                                            Apt3      Hal        Finch                                                             Apt4      Gil         Robin

Thus, in either case, we get Gil-Robin-Apt4 , whereas J,I,H are different and their apartment no. can't be traced out. In either case, we have Gil Robin and in Apartment 4

Gil is the guilty person


  Posted by tresspasser on 2004-10-28 14:59:37
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