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Three Clowns is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.

Puzzle

US Version

Three clowns are chatting about their three shared pieces of equipment.
1) "I keep my hat in the black box and everything else in the yellow box."
2) "I keep my drum in the red box, my ball in the green, and my hat in the black."
3) "I keep my drum in the green box and everything else in the white box."

The clowns have each put one thing into a box, and no two clowns put away the same thing. The black and green boxes are empty. Which box contains a ball?

UK Version

Three clowns are chatting about their three shared pieces of equipment.
1) "I keep my hat in the black box, and everything else in the yellow box."
2) "I keep my drum in the red box, my ball in the green, and my hat in the black."
3) "I keep my drum in the green box, and everything else in the white box."

The clowns have started tidying up for the night, and each of them has put one of their things away into its box. No two clowns put way the same thing. The black and green boxes are empty. Which box contains a ball?

Hints

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The empty black and green boxes are the keys to solving this puzzle.

You need to work out which clown put his or her ball in one of the remaining boxes.

US Version

Both 1 and 2 said they would put their hat into the black box, but the black box is empty. Since there's one of each item in the boxes, that must mean 3 put her hat in one of the boxes.

UK Version

Both 1 and 2 said they would put their hat into the black box, but the black box is empty. We know that one of each item was put away into its box, so one clown put away their hat. If it isn't 1 or 2, it must have been 3. Where would 3 have put his hat?

US Version

From Hint 2, you can work out that 3 put her hat in the white box.

Now look at what 1 and 2 said. Where would 2 put his ball if he was going to put it away?

UK Version

From Hint 2, you can work out that 3 put his hat into the white box.

Now look at what 1 and 2 said. Supposing 2 had put his ball away, which box would it be in?

If 2 had put his ball away, it would be in the green box. However, you know that the green box is empty.

US Version

So who put away a ball and into which box?

UK Version

So who put their ball away, and into which box?