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Name of the Engineer
posted by Sifat - September 29 2009 10:13:37 PM
A train goes between Chicago and New York. The brakeman, the fireman and the engineer are named Smith, Jones and Brown. (The names are not necessarily in order). There are also three passengers named Mr. Smith, Mr. Jones and Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown lives in New York. The brakeman lives halfway between New York and Chicago. Mr. Jones earns exactly $20,000 per year. Smith beat the fireman at their last game of golf. The passenger who lives in Chicago has the same name as the brakeman. The brakeman's next door neighbor is a passenger on this train and earns exactly three times as much as the brakeman. What is the
name of the engineer
Reply by TokyoQ - April 21 2010 05:59:56 AM
[hide]Smith is the engineer
Mr. Brown lives in NY so cannot be the brakeman's neighbour.
Mr. Jones earns EXACTLY $20,000 so cannot be the brakeman's neighbour otherwise that would mean the brakeman earns EXACTLY $6666.6666 ...
So, Mr. Smith is the neighbour, meaning he lives halfway between Chicago, NY
So, that only leaves Mr. Jones to live in Chicago, and so Jones is the brakeman.
As smith is not the fireman (he played golf with him) and Jones is the brakeman, Smith must be the engineer

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