Stationary Stationery

The other day, the stationery clerk asked George, Fred and Arthur if they could carry some parcels of stationery to the typist’s office. There were six parcels in all: one large parcel, which weighed the same as the two medium-sized parcels, which in turn weighed the same as the three small parcels. The stationery clerk then said that one person could carry the large parcel, one person could carry the two medium-sized parcels and one person could carry the three small parcels; that way all the three would be carrying the same weight of stationery. George, Fred and Arthur weren’t very happy about having to carry the stationery anyway, and said that they would only carry the stationery to the typists on the following conditions:

George would only carry the two-medium sized parcels if Fred carried the three small parcels. Fred would only carry the three small parcels if George carried the large parcel. George would only carry the large parcel if Arthur carried the two medium sized parcels. Arthur would only carry the two medium sized parcels if Fred carried the large parcel. George would only carry the large small parcels if Arthur carried the large parcel. All this time the stationery remained stationary. Eventually, the stationary clerk came up with a solution to keep all three happy. Who carried what to the typist?

Ref: http://www.amazon.in/Mensa-Book-Logic-Puzzles-Wareham/dp/8122201482/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1479953902&sr=1-1&keywords=A+mensa+book+of+logic+puzzles

I will share more such puzzles later…

Nalin Pithwa

One Comment

  1. Anubhav Clancy Singh
    Posted December 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Arthur carries the large one, Fred carries the two medium sized parcels and George carries the three smaller ones.
    Got it using process of elimination.

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