GeekDad Puzzle of the Week: Tortoise Soup

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800pxlonesome_george_pinta_giant_to800pxlonesome_george_pinta_giant_toBetter late than never, but this week we sail with Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle. Remember, email your solution by 10:00 p.m. EST Thursday to be part of the random selection of correct answers and win a $50 gift code to ThinkGeek! All readers who check out the solution on Friday will receive a gift code for $10 off of their next ThinkGeek purchase of $30 or more. Puzzle after the jump.

During slow periods on the HMS Beagle, Augustus, Bartholomew, and Clements often remarked that despite its "antideluvian" appearance, the large tortoise that the young Darwin had brought on board looked rather tasty and might make a "refined and splendid soup." Naturally, they were suspected and confronted when the poor creature was found hacked in pieces with a cleaver. Investigations by Captain FitzRoy concluded that one of the three is certainly guilty. They have each offered statements as follows:

Augustus: 1) I have not seen nor had any contact with the tortoise for a week before the unfortunate carcass was found. 2) Everything that Bartholomew says is true. 3) Everything that Clements says is true.

Bartholomew: 1) I have never handled a cleaver. 2) Everything Augustus says is false. 3) Everything Clements says is false.

Clements: 1) Augustus was seen with the tortoise just before its cut up body was found. 2) Bartholomew has handled a cleaver. 3) I have for a long time thought more of the fine creature than is generally realized.

Reflecting back on the incident during the final draft of his latest book, Darwin found it interesting to see that Augustus and Bartholomew both made the same number of true statements. (The number can be anything from 0 to 3.)

Who killed the toroise?

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