Tantalizer 491: Cats and dogs
8 February 2017
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From New Scientist #1042, 10th March 1977 [link]
Six proud but ill-acquainted owners were to be heard exchanging remarks at the village pet show. I noted down some of them and off you a brief selection:
Amble to Bumble: “Dimwit keeps a dog”.
Bumble to Crumble: “Egghead and Fumble have pets of the same sort”.
Crumble to Amble: “Bumble’s pet is not the same sort as yours”.
Dimwit to Egghead: “Bumble has the smelliest dog in the village”.
Egghead to Bumble: “Crumble keeps a dog”.
Fumble to Dimwit: “Crumble’s pet is not the same sort as mine.”
Each man has a cat or a dog (not both) and has spoken the truth if and only if addressing someone with the same sort of pet. “Same sort” means merely cat or dog — finer distinctions, such as that between collie and corgi, do not count.
Who owns what?