A small workout for the mind is a good idea even amongst all the New Year’s fuss when every thought is about the celebration. We invites you to picture yourself as a police inspector by solving a detective mystery.
Inspector Varnike was on duty during the Christmas holidays, and on the morning of December 25th he went on a call. He rang the doorbell, and a minute later a sleepy apartment owner opened it. The inspector introduced himself and said:
“I have to carefully inspect your apartment. Your neighbor says that yesterday, Christmas Eve, he came to your place for a party. And while he was singing songs along with your family next to your Christmas tree, shining with multicolored lights, you broke into his apartment and stole a number of valuable items.“
The owner replied:
”That’s not true! Our family celebrated Christmas Eve at our friends’ place. We went to them in the afternoon. I barely had time to decorate the Christmas tree before we left. We returned back home way past midnight and went to sleep right away. If you want, I can wake my wife and son up, and they’ll confirm all I’ve said.“
“There’s no need for that,” interrupted Inspector Varnike. ”It’s quite obvious to me that your neighbor is a liar.”
How did Inspector Varnike manage to catch the neighbor in a lie so quickly?
The Christmas tree garland is missing one bulb, and it wouldn’t be working without it. The owner really did decorate the Christmas tree in a hurry, and he didn’t check whether the lights were working or not. The neighbor couldn’t have known this, and he lied about singing songs next to a shining multicolored tree. By the way, a garland’s frayed cord doesn’t prevent it from shining.