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/* Problem (NY Times revised version)
Albert and Bernard just met Cheryl. “When’s your birthday?” Albert asked Cheryl.
Cheryl thought a second and said, “I’m not going to tell you, but I’ll give you some clues.”
She wrote down a list of 10 dates:
May 15, May 16, May 19
June 17, June 18
July 14, July 16
August 14, August 15, August 17
“My birthday is one of these,” she said.
Then Cheryl whispered in Albert’s ear the month — and only the month — of her birthday.
To Bernard, she whispered the day, and only the day.
“Can you figure it out now?” she asked Albert.
Albert: I don’t know when your birthday is, but I know Bernard doesn’t know, either.
Bernard: I didn’t know originally, but now I do.
Albert: Well, now I know, too!
When is Cheryl’s birthday?
possible_birthday('May', 15).
possible_birthday('May', 16).
possible_birthday('May', 19).
possible_birthday('June', 17).
possible_birthday('June', 18).
possible_birthday('July', 14).
possible_birthday('July', 16).
possible_birthday('August', 14).
possible_birthday('August', 15).
possible_birthday('August', 17).
/* A helper predicate. Check if the month contains any day
that uniquely decides Month */
findall(M, possible_birthday(M,Day), [_]).
/* Albert says "I don't know and Bernard doesn't know either" */
albert1(Month, Day):- possible_birthday(Month, Day),
/* albert doesn't know, so there are at least 2 different possible
birthdays in that month*/
findall(D, possible_birthday(Month,D), [_,_|_]),
/* Bernard doesn't know, so the month doesn't contains any possible birthday
that uniquely decides the month, e.g. Day=19 decides Month=May */
/* Now bernard knows. That means the Day uniquely decide Month */
bernard1(Month, Day):-
possible_birthday(Month, Day),
findall(M, albert1(M, Day), [Month]). /* the day uniquely decides month */
/* Now albert knows */
albert2(Month, Day):-
possible_birthday(Month, Day),
findall(D, bernard1(Month, D), [Day]). /* the month uniquely decides day */
cheryls_birthday(Month, Day):- albert2(Month, Day).
/* run as: (I use SWI Prolog)
?- cheryls_birthday(Month, Day).
Month = 'July',
Day = 16 .