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Where's Mother? (Where's Mum? in the UK version) is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask. The puzzle must be solved in order to progress the story.

Puzzle

US Version

"My mommy has red hair and a pink purse with a bear on it!"

The women below were overheard saying:

A: "Look how stylish everyone is today!"
B: "Hold on. This isn't my purse!"
C: "I'm actually a man."
D: "My purse is a blue one."
E: "Hmm. This bag isn't mine. It has the wrong pattern."

Which one is the girl's mother?

UK Version

This little girl has lost her mummy.
"Me mam has red hair. Oh aye, and she has a pink handbag with a bear on it!"

There's a group of people talking nearby.
A: "Look how stylish everyone is today!"
B: "Hold on. This handbag isn't mine!"
C: "Hey! I may dress girly, but I'm a man!"
D: "My handbag is a blue one."
E: "Hmm, this isn't my bag. It's got the wrong pattern."

Who is the girl's mum? Choose from A to E.

Hints




Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

Pay close attention to what the little girl said.

One detail is that her mom has red hair. That means it can't be A.

US Version

And you can rule C out since C is a man.

UK Version

C might have red hair, but he's definitely not the girl's mum.

US Version

The remaining candidates are B, D, and E.

Of these, only D has a purse that fits the description of "pink with a bear on it."

However, judging by what D says, it's not actually her purse. These three women have mixed up their purses somehow.

UK Version

The remaining candidates are B, D and E.

Of these, only D has a handbag that fits the description of "pink with a bear on it".

However, judging by what D says, it's not actually her handbag. These three women's handbags were all mixed up somehow.

US Version

E says that her purse has the wrong pattern. The only other pattern is the star on B's purse.

Furthermore, D says that her purse is blue. This must be the blue purse with the bear pattern that E is holding.

UK Version

E says that the handbag she's holding has the wrong pattern. The only other pattern on these women's handbags is the star on the bag B is holding.

Furthermore, D says her handbag is blue. This must be the bear-patterned blue handbag that E is holding.

US Version

E's original purse is the blue one with the star pattern.

D's original purse is the blue one with the bear pattern.

Whoever is left must be the owner of the pink bag with the bear pattern--and hence the little girl's mother!

UK Version

E's original handbag is the blue one with the star pattern.

D's original handbag is the blue one with the bear pattern.

Whoever is left must be the owner of the pink bag with the bear pattern - and hence the little girl's mum.


Solution

Incorrect

Too bad.

US Version

Try again! Find the girl's mother!

UK Version

Quick, find the girl's mum for her!

Correct

US Version

It's in the bag!

The correct answer is B. Thank goodness the little girl found her mother!

UK Version

You've got it in the bag!

The correct answer is B. Thank goodness the little girl found her mum!

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