# Story of Friends

Out of three Friends John, Jacob and Jonny one of them is a king, one is a bureaucrat, and one is a Spy.

The king always tells the truth, the bureaucrat always lies, and the Spy can either lie or tell the truth.

John says: Jonny is a bureaucrat

Jacob says: John is a king

Jonny says: I am a Spy

Tell me, Who is the king, who is the bureaucrat, and who is the Spy?

**John** is the **King**, **Jacob**, the **Spy** and **Jonny** is the **bureaucrat**.

1. If **John** was **not the King**:

Either Jacob OR Jonny must be the King. However: If Jacob was the King, he must tell the truth, whereas he said that John is the King which is wrong as per assumption. Similarly, if Jonny was the King, he wouldn’t have claimed to be a Spy. Hence, **John MUST be the King**.

Now, what remain to be determined is who among Jacob and Jonny is a Spy / Bureaucrat

2. If **Jacob** was the **Bureaucrat **(who is a liar):

He wouldn’t have made the statement “**John is a king**” which is true. Hence, **Jacob** must be the **Spy**.

From the above, it follows that **Jonny**, the only person remaining, must be the **bureaucrat**.

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