During a trivia night, the following question appeared:
“Among the first five US presidents, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe, there were 3 who died on the fourth of July. Can you guess which ones?”
After nobody answered the question, the following hint was given:
“These three presidents were consecutive ones.”
Then, all contestants immediately managed to answer the question. Can you?
Because of the way the question was worded, it was clear that the fifth president, James Monroe, was one of them. Otherwise, the trivia question would have been “among the first four US presidents” instead of “among the first five”. Since the three presidents that died on fourth of July were consecutive ones, they were Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.