# Tag Archives: puzzles

## Murder mystery puzzle

During a recent murder mystery weekend, four games were played.

In one game Mrs Red used the spanner, but not in the library.

In another game the rope was used in the study, but not by Major Yellow.

During one game the gun was used in the conservatory, whilst in another game Dr Purple was not to be found in the library.

Major Yellow was never in the conservatory and Miss Beige never used the rope.

The lead piping may or may not have been used in the kitchen.

Can you determine who used what and where?

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## Classical music puzzle solution

Composer        Format     Length
Beethoven      LP album        6
Holst                      single           7
Bach                        CD               8
Butler                     iPod            9

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## Snail racing puzzle

After a recent snail racing contest, the four contestants were congratulating each other. Only one snail wore the same number as the position it finished in. Alfred’s snail wasn’t painted yellow nor blue, and the snail who wore 3, which was painted red, beat the snail who came in third. Arthur’s snail beat Anne’s snail, whereas Alice’s snail beat the snail who wore 1. The snail painted green, Alice’s, came second and the snail painted blue wore number 4. Anne’s snail wore number 1.

Can you work out who’s snail finished where, its number and the colour it was painted?

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## Musical Recital Solution

1 = John played Mozart on the Violin
2 = Nick played Bach on the Piano
3 = Kate played Mozart on the Violin
4 = Mary played Bach on the Violin
5 = Larry played Vivaldi on the Piano

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## Classical music puzzle

In my collection of classical music I have a range of pieces which last 6, 7, 8 and 9 minutes.

The piece by Bach lasts 8 minutes and the CD lasts longer than the piece by Holst. The piece on my iPod  is longer than the piece by Beethoven. The record single lasts for 7 minutes and the LP album does not contain any Holst. The piece by Butler is on the iPod.

Can you determine which piece of music is on which format and how long each lasts?

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## Zebra puzzle solution

There is a solution to this puzzle on Wikipedia.

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## Musical Recital Puzzle

At a musical recital five students (John, Kate, Larry, Mary and Nick) performed five musical pieces. Two by Bach, two by Mozart and one by Vivaldi. There were three violinists and two pianists. Each student performed only one piece, and played only one instrument. Find the order of the students, their respective instruments and the composer, with the following conditions:

1. The composers were not played consecutively. Vivaldi was played last and Mozart was played first.

2. There was one piano piece that was played between two violin pieces, and two violin pieces between the first and last piano piece.

3. There were no piano pieces by Mozart.

4. Kate played third.

5. John played a piece by Mozart, and was immediately followed by Nick, who played the piano.

6. Mary did not play a piece by Vivaldi.

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## Crates of Fruit Solution

Take a piece of fruit from the “apples and oranges” crate. If it’s an apple then you know that is the “apples” crate since ALL THE CRATES ARE LABELED INCORRECTLY. This means the crate marked “apples” must be “oranges” and the crate marked “oranges” must be “apples and oranges”.

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## City of Lies or Truth solution

You ask “In which of those two directions do you live?”

A Citizens of the City of Lies will point to the City of Truth
A Citizens of the City of Truth will point to the City of Truth

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## Crates of Fruit Puzzle

You work at a fruit packing plant.

There are 3 crates in front of you. One crate contains only apples. One crate contains only oranges. The other crate contains both apples and oranges.

And each crate is labeled. One reads “apples”, one reads “oranges”, and one reads “apples and oranges”.

But the labeling machine has gone crazy and is now labeling all boxes incorrectly.

If you can only take out and look at just one of the pieces of fruit from just one of the crates, how can you label ALL of the crates correctly?