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The death of Sir Levikus (Posted on 2005-07-12) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Sir Levikus, one evening, rather unwisely, announced at dinner that he was cutting someone out of his will. Sure enough, the next morning, Sir Levikus was found slumped over the desk in his study, having been fatally stabbed with a paper-knife.

Herlock Sholmes, renowned private investigator, immediately began questioning all the suspects to discover who had seen the victim last.

Here are their statements, all of which are true:

a) His long-time friend, Martin, said : "I went to the study to show Sir Levikus a first edition I bought yesterday. He kept it to examine more closely."

b) Lady Jane (my sweet Lady Jane...), Sir Levikusīs wife (now widow), said : "I borrowed the evening newspaper from my husband. There was no paper-knife present at that time; I would have remembered it."

c) Nathan, the son of the deceased, said: "I did not have coffee with my father. When I went to the study he was reading the newspaper and smoking a cigar. He showed me Martinīs first edition."

d) Lisa, Sir Levikusīs daughter, said : "I went to return the newspaper mother had borrowed."

e) Tom, the butler, said: "As was usual after dinner, I brought the coffee service to the study. Sir Levikus was at his desk reading the evening newspaper."

f) Reny, the maid, said: "I only went in to clear the coffee service. I did see that four cups had been used."

g) Cristian, the brother of the murdered man, said: "Since there was no coffee when I went to the study, we had brandy together. I wanted to look at the newspaper, but it was not in the room."

h) Simone, Sir Levikusīs niece, said: "Certainly I recognize the paper-knife. My uncle brought it out when we were having coffee together. I noticed that one other cup had been used."

Herlock Sholmesīs incisive brain immediately determined who was the last person to visit Sir Levikus and thus, was his murderer.

Who was the killer? Can you list Sir Levikusīs eight visitors in order? Show your reasoning!

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Is this it? | Comment 84 of 101 |

1. When Tom brought the coffee into the study, Sir Levikus was at his desk reading the evening newspaper.<o:p></o:p>

2. Lady Jane then came in to borrow the newspaper. While there, she had a cup of coffee with her husband. The paper-knife was not present.<o:p></o:p>

3. Simone came in and had coffee. She noticed one other person had already been there (Lady Jane). Sir Levikus brought out the paper-knife.<o:p></o:p>

4. Martin then came to show Sir Levikus the first edition he had purchased the day before. He also had coffee.<o:p></o:p>

5. Reny came and cleared the coffee service. The four cups were used by Sir Levikus, Lady Jane, Simone, and Martin.<o:p></o:p>

6. Cristian then came and had Brandy with Sir Levikus (seeing as there was no more coffee). The newspaper was not present because Lady Jane still had it.<o:p></o:p>

7. Lisa came next and returned the paper.<o:p></o:p>

8. NATHAN IS GUILTY. He witnessed that he did not have coffee with his father, giving the impression that he came after the coffee was served (and cleared). Also, he was there at a time when both the newspaper and the first edition were present. Thus, he was the murderer.

Don't believe me? Try making a table. Then check it with the clues. You'll see..

  Posted by Paws on 2005-07-25 09:41:21
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