Smith- Jones - Robinson classic
Riddle fanatics tend to be a contentious lot,
eager to dispute almost any proposed solution,
ready to argue at the drop of clue. A surprising
number, though, do agree that the following
riddle, known as the Smith- Jones - Robinson
classic, is a masterpiece of its kind,
presenting in concise and entertaining terms an
absorbing mental challenge. It is reported that
in one group of 240 people trying it, only six
came up with the solution. There is no 'catch'
in it, and the answer has been worked out by
many people in five to ten minutes. Every fact
is important and must be considered. Now here we
On a train, Smith, Robinson, and Jones are the fireman, brakeman, and the
engineer, but NOT respectively. Also aboard the train are three businessmen
who have the same names: a Mr. Smith, a Mr. Robinson, and a Mr. Jones.
- Mr. Robinson Lives in Detroit.
- The brakeman lives exactly halfway between Chicago and Detroit
- Mr. Jones earns exactly $20,000 per year.
- The brakeman's nearest neighbor, one of the passengers, earns exactly three times as much as the brakeman.
- Smith beats the fireman in billiards.
- The passenger whose name is the same as the brakeman's lives in Chicago.