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Lateral Puzzles » Active Lateral Thinking Puzzles » Dead men, albatrosses and elevators - a collection of classic laterals - PLEASE don't post these again » A policeman hears 'No John! Don't shoot!'. He enters the home finding a priest, an engineer, and a doctor (or lawyer or accountant or whatever) standing over the body. Without talking to anyone he assertains the guilty party and arrests them. How? « Previous Next »

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A Balboa (Vesica)
Posted on Monday, April 01, 2002 - 6:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

1)All are women except for the guilty party.

2) Everyone is dead except for the guilty party (Courtsey of Offtrack)
A Balboa (Vesica)
Posted on Monday, April 01, 2002 - 6:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OR
3) He assumes they are all guilty and arrests all 3 (also Courtsey of Offtrack).
Steve Wyrt (Wizardofoz)
Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2002 - 5:26 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yeah... dead people can stand...

GOOD ONE OFFTRACK!

sheesh :(
John Faben (Bentarm)
Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2002 - 6:14 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How could the one shouting "No John, don't shoot, be guilty?" it could have been the victim - but surely there's a chance it was one of the other three.
A Balboa (Vesica)
Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2002 - 6:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

"No" is shouted by the victim (or any of others for that matter).....The issue is that the name John could logically be used only to refer to one of the rooms occupants, the male.
John Faben (Bentarm)
Posted on Tuesday, April 02, 2002 - 10:55 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I meant for the third suggested answer....