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The Candy Thief

A problem by Wayne M. Delia and Bernadette D. Barnes:

Five children — Ivan, Sylvia, Ernie, Dennis, and Linda — entered a candy store, and one

of them stole a box of candy from the shelf. Afterward each child made three statements:

 

Ivan:

1. I didn’t take the box of candy.


2. I have never stolen anything.


3. Dennis did it.

 

Sylvia:

4. I didn’t take the box of candy.


5. I’m rich and I can buy my own candy.


6. Linda knows who the crook is.

 

Ernie:

7. I didn’t take the box of candy.


8. I didn’t know Linda until this year.


9. Dennis did it.

 

Dennis:

10. I didn’t take the box of candy.


11. Linda did it.


12. Ivan is lying when he says I stole the candy.

 

Linda:

13. I didn’t take the box of candy.


14. Sylvia is guilty.


15. Ernie can vouch for me, because he has known me since I was a baby eight years ago.

 

If each child made two true and one false statement, who stole the candy?

 





Oops, Too Late. 


“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the 
false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”  - Isaac Asimov

































Mr Andersen, May I be excused? My brain is full.