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BrainDuring a recent police investigation, Chief Inspector Stone was interviewing five local villains to try and identify who stole Mrs Archer's cake from the mid-summers fayre. Below is a summary of their statements:

Arnold:  it wasn't Edward
         it was Brian

Brian:   it wasn't Charles
         it wasn't Edward

Charles: it was Edward
         it wasn't Arnold

Derek:   it was Charles
         it was Brian

Edward:  it was Derek
         it wasn't Arnold

It was well known that each suspect told exactly one lie. Can you determine who stole the cake?

 [Ref: ZFSC] © Kevin Stone

Answer: Charles committed the terrible crime.

Looking at Brian's statements, one of the statements was a lie and the other was the truth. Therefore it must have been either Charles or Edward.

Looking at Derek's statements, for the same reason, it was either Charles or Brian.

Therefore it must have been Charles who committed the crime. Double checking this against the other statements confirms this.

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