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The Shopkeepers is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.

Puzzle

US Version

A, B, C, D, and E run a baker's, a cake shop, a bookshop, a grocer's, and a café. Which person runs which business?

A: "C and I both work close to the baker's and the cake shop."
B: "C and I haven't dropped by the café for ages!"
C: "D and I never bake bread. Neither A nor B run the bookshop."
D: "E and I often visit the café and the grocer's."
E: "C and I both work near the grocer's."

UK Version

A, B, C, D and E run a baker's, a patisserie, a bookshop, a grocer's and a café. Which person runs which business?

A: "C and I both work close to the baker's and the patisserie."
B: "C and I haven't dropped by the café for ages!"
C: "D and I never bake bread. Neither A nor B run the bookshop."
D: "E and I often visit the café and the grocer's."
E: "C and I both work near the grocer's."

Hints




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US Version

If you read carefully, you'll work out which jobs A through E don't do.

For example, according to A, neither A nor C run the baker's or cake shop. Try narrowing it down for each person in the same way.

UK Version

Read carefully and you'll work out which jobs A through E don't do.

For example, according to A, neither A nor C run the baker's or patisserie. Try narrowing it down for each person in the same way.

C comes up quite a lot, doesn't she? Let's start with C, then.

US Version

Summing up what A, B, C, and E said, we can work out that C doesn't work at the baker's, cake shop, café or grocer's.

That just leaves the bookshop, and so the answer for C is clear.

UK Version

Summing up what A, B, C and E said, we can work out that C doesn't work at the baker's, patisserie, café or grocer's.

That just leaves the bookshop, and so the answer for C is clear.

US Version

Let's narrow down D's job next. According to C and D, D isn't the baker, café owner, or grocer. We know that C runs the bookshop already, so that means that D must run the cake shop.

And what about E? According to D, he doesn't run the café, nor is he the grocer. What does that leave?

UK Version

Let's narrow down D's job next. According to C and D, D isn't the baker, café owner or grocer. We know that C runs the bookshop already, so that means that D must run the patisserie.

And what about E? According to D, he doesn't run the café, nor is he the grocer. What does that leave?

US Version

E isn't the café owner or the grocer, and he doesn't run the bookshop or cake shop either. That means he has to be the baker, which just leaves A and B. How can you tell which one runs the café and which one is the grocer?

Oh, didn't B say that she hasn't been to the café in ages? She can't be the one running the café, then! The solution should be clear now.

UK Version

E isn't the café owner or the grocer, and he doesn't run the bookshop or patisserie either. That means he has to be the baker, which just leaves A and B. How can you tell which one runs the café and which one is the grocer?

Oh, didn't B say that she hasn't been to the café in ages? She can't be the one running the café, then! The solution should be clear now.


Solution

Incorrect

Too bad.

Try taking notes for each person.

Correct

Correct!

US Version

A runs the café, B the grocer's, C the bookshop, D the cake shop, and E the baker's. By paying close attention, you can rule out which jobs they don't do.

UK Version

A runs the café, B the grocer's, C the bookshop, D the patisserie and E the baker's. By paying close attention, you can rule out which jobs they don't do.

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