February 14, 2011

Solve the murder mystery

A man was found murdered on Sunday morning. His wife
immediately called the police. The police questioned the
wife and staff and got their alibis:

The Wife said she was sleeping.
The Cook was cooking breakfast.
The Gardener was picking vegetables.
The Maid was getting the mail.
The Butler was cleaning the closet.

The police instantly arrested the murdered.
Who did it and how did they know?

Breanne said...

The maid- no mail is delivered on Sunday

Babu vincent said...

the wife while she is sleeping how could she know everyone was working..

Babu vincent said...

and while is husband murdered immediately she will not be able to call

. said...

the maid is the murderer unless she is a complete fool that she forgot it was a sunday morning..:)

number seven said...
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number seven said...

The wife, she could not call the police immediately if she was sleeping.

V N P said...
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V N P said...

Maid and the Butler - Mail isn't delivered on a Sunday and Butler's don't clean closets.

Anonymous said...

The Butler did it. Butlers do not perform household chores.

Ms. B said...

Two of my students said it was a suicide.

Three of my students think it was the butler.

Three of my students think it was the cook . . . why cook on a Sunday morning while everyone is sleeping?

I would guess it was the maid since mail isn't delivered on Sundays? But that could just be in Canada. Hmm.

Marilyn said...

There's a little typo that you might want to correct:

"The police instantly arrested the murdered." Well, the murdered is the dead man. You mean the murderer, yes?

Peek-a Boo said...

Both the maid and the butler, because they claimed to have been performing duties that should have been reversed.
If the crime was committed in a non-Christian country, then mail could certainly be delivered on a Sunday. The puzzle doesn't tell us that, though...)

Anonymous said...

Can you please also publish answers? may be after around one month of origional post!

Anonymous said...

This puzzle is written poorly. The sleeping wife could immediately call the police for a a number of reasons (awakened by gunshot, husband was if bed with her while murderer killed him, waking her up in the process) it just doesn't say.

The madi could have been getting the Sunday paper, which comes in the mailbox.

The only real solution is that the butler did it. The butler always does it.

Anonymous said...

lol i agree with breanne :) the maid did it. NO MAIL ON SUNDAYS!!

Swaminathan said...

It will be highly appreciable to recieve the right answer after a given period for responses. This will help in knowing what the correct answer is instead of going around thinking that what we think is and must be correct. Please do consider.

Anonymous said...

no vegetables in a suburban garden only orchids..simple plants and grass..
a maid doesnt get the paper she only cleans
the buttler doesnt clean closets he's a personal servant
it was sunday so the cook is day off..
it was planned.....
and how did the wife knew that her husband was murdered..someone wakes her..??

SpottyMo said...

Maid-Because there is no mail on Sundays

Anonymous said...

The maid. There isn't mail on Sundays. The cook was cooking because well people wake up, right? The way it's stated sounds as if the wife was sleeping, woke up found her husband then called the police.

Bryanlhab said...

This puzzle is written poorly. The sleeping wife could immediately call the police for a a number of reasons (awakened by gunshot, husband was if bed with her while murderer killed him, waking her up in the process) it just doesn't say. The madi could have been getting the Sunday paper, which comes in the mailbox. The only real solution is that the butler did it. The butler always does it.

Caitlin said...

The police instantly arrested the murdered.

"Sir, not only have you just been murdered, you are now under arrest. If you'd just come with us to the station..."

Black said...

Can you please also publish answers? may be after around one month of origional post!

Anonymous said...

As Vernon Dursley puts it; There's no post on Sundays. The maid then.

Admittedly, the riddle doesn't give enough information for a proper answer, but I've seen this riddle loads of times and the answer is always the maid.