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 Professor Smith (Posted on 2005-07-13)
Professor Smith has been studying the knights, knaves, and liars in their villages, and is currently living among them. You and your guide (who is a knight) approach a fork in the road and see five people standing in a line facing you. Your guide tells you there is one person he knows to be a knight, one person he knows to be a liar, one person he knows to be a knave, one he doesn't know at all, and Professor Smith. They said:

A: I am a knight.
B: I am a knight.
C: I am a knave.
D: I am a knave.
E: I am a knight.

A: E is a knave.
B: A is a knave.
C: D is a liar.
D: C is a knave.
E: B is a knight.

A: D's first statement is a lie.
B: C's first statement is a lie.
C: A's second statement is a lie.
D: B's third statement is true.
E: C's second statement is true.

A: D is Professor Smith.
B: C is not Professor Smith.
C: I am Professor Smith.
D: A is Professor Smith.
E: I am not Professor Smith.

Which one is Professor Smith? Remember: Knights always tell the truth. Liars always lie. Knaves alternate between truths and lies. Professor Smith is one of these three types, but you don't know which.

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 Solution & Reasoning | Comment 4 of 16 |

We know that there is a least one knight, one knave and one liar. Knights are easiest to determine so we'll start there.

From first statements only A, B and E can be knights.

If A was a knight:
E is a knave (2A)
B is a liar (2B & 1B)
But E 1st and 2nd statments are both lies therefore E can not be a knave which is a contradiction therefore A is not a knight.

If E was a knight:
B is a knight (2E)
D is a liar (3E & 2C)
C is a liar (3B & 1C)
But C 2nd statement says D is a liar which means D is not a liar which is a contradiction therefore E is not a knight.

B must therefore be a knight and you can work out everyone else from this:
A is a knave (2B)
C is a liar (3B & 1C)
E is a knave (1A & 2A)
D is a knave (3A & 1D

Looking A's 4th statement which is true D is Professor Smith who is a knave.

Summary:
A - knave (lie-truth-lie-truth)
B - knight
C - liar
D - knave (truth-lie-truth-lie) - Professor Smith
E - knave (lie-truth-lie-truth)

 Posted by Lisa on 2005-07-13 12:21:51

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