The simple enigma

Well, not an enigma.

Tantalizer 479.

We’re back with another “enigma” puzzle!

I’ll simplify it.

Someone let the cat out. Who did it? Out of five suspects, their accusations are:

  • Delia says it was one of the twins, Bert or Claud
  • Alice says it was Bert
  • Bert (shame on you) says it was Claud, their twin
  • Claud says it was Delia
  • Emma says it was not Claud

You see, if you were given the number of correct statements, it would be too easy for you. So manage with the information given.

Who let the cat out?

The first thought that comes to your mind might be: “what?” The approach I took was like this:

If the number of correct statements were given, then that would mean that in a field of possibilities, there would be only one that had that many statements true. Otherwise, there would be multiple possibilities and the problem would not be solvable. So I did this!

“So if Alice is the person, then only Emma would be right, so 1 statement. If Bart was the person, Delia, Alice and Emma would be right, so 3 statements. If Claud is the person, Delia and Bert would be right, so 2 statements. If Delia is the person, Claud and Emma would be right, so two statements.”

Let’s halt for a moment. If the number of correct statements were 2, then there would be two possibilities for it, namely Claud and Delia, so those two are innocent. The final person, Emma, if she was the suspect, then only she would be correct, which also rules out Alice, because they were both suspected by one person, which leaves Bart to be guilty.

Shame on you, Bart!

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