Strawberry Jam Puzzle


The Smith family is a very wealthy family that lives in a big circular home. One morning, Mr Smith woke up & saw a strawberry jam stain oh his new carpet. He figured out that everyone who was there in the morning had a jam sandwish.

By reading the following excuses figure out who spilled the jam.
Billy Smith: “I was outside playing basketball.”
The maid: “I was dusting the corners of the house.”
Chef: “I was starting to make lunch for later.”


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    Answer- Maid

    The maid: “I was dusting the corners of the house.”
    but House is Circular so, where’s the Corners?

    The ‘straight-forward’ answer seems to imply that the maid is an idiot who thought of finding ‘corners’ in a ’round house’.


    Nowhere in the puzzle it is said that, like the house, the individual rooms are round as well…! So, they CAN have corners, and the maid’s statement does make sense, which, in turn, makes the data given in the puzzle insufficient to solve it.

    Viji_Pinarayi Expert Answered on 17th October 2017.

    @viji- Great point, but there can be infinite number of possibility in the molding the data.

    But as per puzzle-

    1. Circular HOUSE is there and
    2. maid cleaning corners of HOUSE (not rooms)

    So,In Simplest form statement seems, Its house’s corner which is circular.

    on 17th October 2017.
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    Ans-The chef
    The chef is the person who is lying as he said he is making lunch but as said in before it was morning time so he would make breakfast not lunch at that time

    singhsikander Starter Answered on 13th June 2018.
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    The chef. As said: “One morning, Mr Smith woke up”, so its not too late in the morning (Although some persons are already awake), and there is no reason to start preparing Lunch.

    Moshe Expert Answered on 3rd August 2022.
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