Saturday, 25 June 2016

Day 20 - A Lateral Thinking Puzzle

Arresting the Right Person

There are variations on this puzzle. If you want to know the answer then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page.


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 do know his name is John and that he is inside the house. The police burst into the house and find a carpenter, a lorry driver, a mechanic and a fireman all playing poker. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately arrest the fireman. 

How did the police know they had got their man?

The carpenter, lorry driver and mechanic were all women. The fireman, John, was the only man there.

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