Four inhabitants of the island make the statements as given below. Each of these inhabitants are either Liars or Knights. Little is known regarding the identity of the four inhabitants except for the fact that Q and R are not both Knights.
P's Statement: If asked, Q would say that he and S belong to the same group.
Q's Statement: If asked, S would say that he and P do not belong to the same group.
R's Statement: P and myself belong to the same group..
S's Statement: If asked, P would say that he and R do not belong to the same group.
To what group or groups do the four speakers belong?
If R = knight then R & P are knights.
If R = liar then R = liar & P = knight
Therefore P must be a knight.
P = Knight
Given P is telling the truth from R's Statement: -
Assuming Q is telling the truth then
- Q & S are knights
Assuming Q is a liar then
- Q = liar & S = knight
Therefore S = knight
Given S is telling the truth from P's Statement: -
P is a knight so R must be a liar
Therefore R = liar
So Far P & S = Knights & R = Liar
S is a knight and P is a knight so
therefore Q must be a liar
In summary :
P & S = Knights
Q & R = Liars
Posted by Dave
on 2006-08-21 10:27:00