The Colored Caps

Jun 11, 2011

RAY: This is the time of year when we get a lot of visitors to the shop and Car Talk Plaza, because of graduation, summer vacation, and all that. And I noticed a lot of kids coming by and asking if we could do puzzlers for them. You know, because sometimes they feel a bit left out. So this is a puzzler for kids. And it was sent in by Paul Meulich.

Three men, Mr. White, Mr. Brown and Mr. Green, were in the habit of meeting in a local doughnut shop every morning for coffee and doughnuts.

One morning as they were sitting at their usual table, Mr. White remarked, "Hey, will you look at that. We're each wearing a colored baseball cap today." One white cap, one brown cap, and one green cap. But interestingly, no one was wearing a cap of the color that matches his name.

At this, the guy wearing the green cap says, "Oh you stup', that doesn't mean anything, it's just coincidence. Shut up and eat your doughnut."

The question is what color cap is each man wearing?
RAY: Here's the answer. If Mr. White says nobody is wearing a cap of his own color that obviously includes him, so he can be wearing either a green cap or a brown cap. But not a white one.

And he can't be wearing the green cap because the guy with the green cap spoke up. So Mr. White must be wearing what? The brown cap!

And Mr. Green? He's got to be wearing the white cap, and Mr. Brown has got to be wearing? The green cap! It was easy; I told you it was for eighth graders! Do we have a winner?

TOM: Yes we do. Our winner this week is Bob Sherwood from Burghill, Ohio. Way to go Bob!

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