A man kills his wife and then hides the body in some bushes. The next morning the police find the body and interogate the killer:

Policeman:Where where you at the time of the murder?
Killer: At the pub.

The killer is arrested immediately. Why?

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    Is this a riddle you came up with? If not, please give credit to the source. If it is, well done! It is a bit broad (It can have many answers that could be correct) but I personally like broad riddles :) – Cashbee Aug 29 at 11:32
  • It is a riddle from Riddles.fyi (riddles.fyi/…) that I have adapted. – William Pennanti Aug 29 at 11:37
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    Surely, they interrogated a 'suspect' – Strawberry Aug 29 at 17:23
  • @Strawberry They interrogated a suspect who was the killer. It is just a lot easier to write killer – William Pennanti Aug 30 at 7:00
  • It's a bit of a giveaway though – Strawberry Aug 30 at 7:04
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I guess because

They asked the killer where he was at the time of the murder, but they haven't specified the time. Everyone but the killer would first ask what time they mean.


They "interogated the killer", which means they already knew it was him

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    your first answer is correct – William Pennanti Aug 29 at 11:15
  • @WilliamPennanti nice, btw you can mark an answer as accepted when it's correct – Ian Fako Aug 29 at 11:20
  • I know. I have a time limit though so will have to wait 5 mins – William Pennanti Aug 29 at 11:21
  • you can also wait a bit to encourage more answers to be posted. You don't have to though. – Cashbee Aug 29 at 11:27
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    It's also perfectly plausible that when he left for the pub, his wife was alive, and when he got back, she was dead. Seems a bit of a jump to go and arrest him... – Persona Aug 29 at 20:07

A light-hearted option...

Because the policeman had been at the pub!

Maybe because

the man is the owner of said pub and lives there. The body was found in the bushes around the pub, therefore the man is essentially saying that he was exactly where the murder happened.

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    that is a very good ideea and would be correct. It isn't the one that I thought of but yes, that would be acceptable. Well done – William Pennanti Aug 29 at 11:19
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    If there are multiple answers, doesn't that make ur question too broad? (Broad questions are not good :) ) @WilliamPennanti – Kevin L Aug 29 at 11:54
  • To me riddles can have more than one acceptable answer as long as there aren't hundreds. With every riddle, i'm sure there are loopholes meaning more than one answer. – William Pennanti Aug 29 at 12:46
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    @WilliamPennanti One or two really well-fit answers is fine. It's when you get many unintended answers where there's really nothing that rules them out that you've got a riddle that's too broad. I think this one is the latter; there are too many plausible explanations, and not nearly enough in the riddle that would rule them out. – Rubio Aug 29 at 16:45
  • @Rubio Thanks. I'll keep that in mind for next time – William Pennanti Aug 30 at 6:56


the murder took place in India and the date was October 2nd, the birth date of Gandhiji. All pubs in the country will be closed on that day and so the police arrested the killer immediately, understanding that he is lying.

The killer was a security guard somewhere, he was suposed to be working at the time of the crime, but he confesed he was not. He was elsewhere killing the wife.

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