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During a recent police investigation, Chief Inspector Stone was interviewing five local villains to try and identify who stole Mrs Archer's cake from the mid-summers fayre. Below is a summary of their statements:

Arnold: it wasn't Edward
......... it was Brian

Brian: it wasn't Charlie
........it wasn't Edward

Charlie: it was Edward
.......... it wasn't Arnold

Derek: it was Charlie
........ it was Brian

Edward: it was Derek
.......... it wasn't Arnold

It was well known that each suspect told exactly one lie. Can you determine who stole the cake?

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Charlie committed the terrible crime.

Looking at Brian's statements, one of the statements was a lie and the other was the truth. Therefore it must have been either Charlie or Edward.

Looking at Derek's statements, for the same reason, it was either Charlie or Brian.

Therefore it must have been Charlie who committed the crime. Double checking this against the other statements confirms this.