During 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?

The first part is the alphabetic position of the first letter of the month, S=19, the second part is the number of letters in the word itself, September=9.

January 10-7
February 6-8
March 13-5
April 1-5
May 13-3
June 10-4
July 10-4
August 1-6
September 19-9

Puzzle 38

Exactly how many minutes is it before seven o'clock, if 40 minutes ago it was three times as many minutes past two o'clock?

Hint: How many minutes are there between 2:00 and 7:00?

Answer: 65 minutes.

There are 300 minutes between 2:00 and 7:00 and we can ignore the "40 minutes ago" for a little while and share the remaining 260 minutes in the ratio 3:1, which is 195:65.

Which means the 5 hours between 2:00 and 7:00 are made of up 195 minutes + 40 minutes + 65 minutes.

Which means it is currently 65 minutes before 7:00. So it is now 5:55 (65 minutes before 7:00).

To double check, 40 minutes ago it was 5:15 - which is 195 minutes after 2:00, as required (as 65 x 3 = 195).

Puzzle 39

What is represented by this BrainBat?

[Ref: ZYTG]

Hint: Say what you see.

Answer: Octopi.

This is one of the plurals of the word Octopus, the others being Octopuses and Octopodes.

Puzzle 40

Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central G and no letter can be used twice, however, the letters do not have to be connected. Proper nouns are not allowed, however, plurals are. Can you find the nine letter word?