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# Does Alice like wine or beer? Add to your resource collection Remove from your resource collection Add notes to this resource View your notes for this resource

Ref: R6093

## Solution

1. Alice, Bob, Charlie and Dianne each make the following statements:

Alice: I am telling the truth.

Bob: Alice is telling the truth.

Charlie: Bob is telling the truth.

Dianne: Charlie is lying.

Only one of the four people is telling the truth. Which one? Explain your answer.

If Alice is telling the truth then so is Bob. But we are told that only one person is telling the truth, so this is a contradiction.

If Bob is telling the truth, then so is Alice—again, a contradiction.

If Charlie is telling the truth, then so are Bob and Alice.

But if Dianne is telling the truth, then the others are lying, which is consistent. So Dianne is the one telling the truth.

1. They now make the following statements:

Alice: Bob is lying.

Bob: Charlie is lying.

Charlie: I like beer.

Dianne: 2+2=4.

Now two of the four people are telling the truth. Which two? Explain your answer.

Dianne is clearly telling the truth.

Does Charlie like beer? If he does, then he is telling the truth, so Bob is lying and Alice is telling the truth. But this gives three people telling the truth which is not allowed.

If Charlie doesn’t like beer, then he’s lying, Bob is telling the truth, and Alice is lying, so just Bob and Dianne are telling the truth. This is our answer.

1. They are now joined by Egbert. They each make the following statements:

Alice: I like wine.

Bob: Charlie is lying.

Charlie: Alice is lying.

Dianne: Alice likes beer.

Egbert: Alice likes beer.

Now three of the five people are telling the truth. Which ones? Explain your answer.

Dianne and Egbert are either both telling the truth or both lying.

If they are both lying, then the other three must all be telling the truth. But if Charlie tells the truth, Alice must be lying, so we have a contradiction.

Therefore Dianne and Egbert are both telling the truth. Now one of Alice, Bob and Charlie must be telling the truth, and the other two must be lying.

If Charlie is lying, then both Alice and Bob must be telling the truth. But altogether this would give four people telling the truth, a contradiction.

So Charlie must be telling the truth, which means Alice and Bob are both lying.

Alternatively, we can draw up a table for the various cases. Clearly we have exactly three truthful people only when Alice likes beer but not wine.

Alice… does not like wine or beer likes wine but not beer likes beer but not wine likes wine and beer
A truthful? No Yes No Yes
B truthful? No Yes No Yes
C truthful? Yes No Yes No
D truthful? No No Yes Yes
E truthful? No No Yes Yes