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Old 08-31-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Question A Murderer Named John

Acting on an anonymous phone call, the police raid a house to arrest a suspected murderer. They don't know what he looks like but they know his name is John and that he is inside the house. The police bust in on a carpenter, a truck driver, a mechanic and a fireman all playing poker. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately arrest the fireman. How do they know they've got their man?


Hint: The police only know two things, that the criminal's name is John and that he is in a particular house.



EDIT: You may have noticed this thread was closed as soon as it was entered. That was not intended to limit your input or enjoyment in any way. On the contrary, your participation is most welcome. The action was taken to prevent eager Peeps from going into some search engine, finding the answer, and posting it, as happened on several occasions in the past. (Of course I harvest a lot of this material from other sources. You didn’t think I create it all myself, did you? I’m good, but I’m not that good!) Regrettably, that also means that folks who legitimately work out their own answers, and would like to post them, don’t get to display their prowess, but I’m afraid that can’t be helped. I’ll open the thread in a couple of days, when Peeps have had an opportunity to try their hand at a solution, and you can post away then. The official answer will come a bit after that. I appreciate your patience and understanding, and hope you enjoy the exercise.
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Old 09-04-2010   #2 (permalink)
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Okay, Peeps....it's open. What do you think?
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Old 09-04-2010   #3 (permalink)
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His name was on his fireman helmet or uniform?
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Old 09-04-2010   #4 (permalink)
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The carpenter, truck driver, and mechanic are all women?
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JG took my answer!
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Old 09-07-2010   #6 (permalink)
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the truck driver, carpenter and mechanic all had their names on their uniforms & the fireman was the only one without a name tag?

I like January Guy's and Eileencc's answer. Very clever!
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Old 09-09-2010   #7 (permalink)
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The Official Answer

The fireman is the only man in the room. The rest of the poker players are women.

Ya' done good, Peeps.
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