'The Nine-Mile Walk', a 1947 story by Harry Kemelman, is rightly considered one of the greatest mystery stories of all time. Its plot is ingenious. A language professor named Nick Welt, trying to persuade a colleague that words have meanings which transcend their definitions, asks for a random statement as an example. The colleague obliges with this seemingly random sentence: "A nine-mile walk is no joke, especially in the rain." Through a fascinatingly logical series of deductions, the professor builds a strong case that the person most likely to have uttered that statement has just committed a murder. How did the colleague ever chance to come up with this particular sentence? The story's solution is surprising and satisfying.
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