Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
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Another Max Gaetanno Mystery

Having arrested Robert Corduroy, the man who killed Charlie Baker, a party was held in Detective Gaetanno’s honor. However, to test his smarts one more time, Captain Johns sent Max this letter:

Dear Max,
To get to the party, drive to Green Road, where there will be a row of eleven houses that look exactly the same. One of them is my house. Which one, you ask? Well, you’ll have to find out with these clues:
My house is not the one on the left.
I have exactly two neighbors.
Do not enter the third one, because it’s not my house.
Don’t enter the ninth one either.
Lose the thought of entering the three houses on the very right.
Erase the thought of entering the houses on the left, too.
Okay, enough hints. Which house do I live in? If you think there’s not enough clues, think again!

Max read it over a couple times, and drove to the house where the party was being held.
Which house in the row did Captain Johns live in?

 

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7 guesses to Another Max Gaetanno Mystery


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  • he lives in the 5th house

  • Tiffy

    I’m guessing it’s the sixth house

  • Dude

    The 6th house is correct!

    Can you tell us why?

  • Tiffy

    These are the 11 houses:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

    My house is not the one on the left. (Can’t be 1)
    2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

    I have exactly two neighbors. (Can’t be 1 or 11)
    2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

    Do not enter the third one, because it’s not my house.
    Don’t enter the ninth one either. (Can’t be 3 or 9)
    2 4 5 6 7 8 10

    Lose the thought of entering the three houses on the very right. (Can’t be 7, 8, or 10)
    2 4 5 6 7 8 10

    Erase the thought of entering the houses on the left, too. (Since there are 11 houses, houses 1-5 are houses on the left)
    6

    The sixth house is the only one left so that’s my guess although I think that there is a mistake in my solution. I’m not sure about it :)

  • Dude

    The error in your answer is that the “three houses on the very right” would be 9, 10, and 11.

    Try looking at in from another angle.

  • Tiffy

    6 because the initials of the sentences spell MIDDLE :)

  • Dude

    Great job, Tiffy!

    You nailed it. You’re today’s winner.