Who killed what?

Five friends with suitable names-Doe, Deer, Hare, Boar, and Roe, are coming back from a hunting party with five animals of the same names; each has killed one animal, not corresponding to his own name, and each has missed another differently named animal, again not corresponding to his own name.

  • The deer was killed by the hunter who has the name of the animal killed by Roe.
  • The doe was killed by the hunter who has the name of the animal missed by Hare.
  • Deer, who missed a roe, was very disappointed to kill only a hare.

Who killed what?

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We know that Deer missed a roe and killed a hare. Since Roe did not miss a roe [same name], he did not kill a deer. Likewise, the deer cannot have been killed by Deer or missed by Roe. Since Hare did not miss a hare or a roe, the doe was not killed by Hare or by Roe, or by Doe. Hence the doe was not missed by Hare. Only Boar can have killed a doe. Then Hare missed a boar and Roe missed a doe. The deer was killed by Doe and the roe by Hare.

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