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AN ILLSEED RIDDLE (By Einstein)

February 12, 2008

There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a person
with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of
beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No
owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the
same beverage.

The question is: Who owns the fish?

Hints:

The Brit lives in the red house.
The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
The Dane drinks tea.
The green house is on the left of the white house.
The green homeowner drinks coffee.
The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
The man living in the center house drinks milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
The man who keeps the horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
The owner who smokes Bluemaster drinks beer.
The German smokes prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.

Einstein wrote this riddle early during the 19th century. He said 98% of
the world could not solve it. Its not hard, you just need to pay
attention and be patient.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2008 7:15 pm

    You got me on this one. Let me know what the answer is, my head hurts just thinking about it. LOL.

  2. DeezNutz permalink
    February 13, 2008 2:37 am

    Norwegian:Yellow house(1st),smokes Dunhill,drinks water,has a cat.
    Dane:Blue house(2nd),smokes Blend,drinks tea,has a horse.
    Brit:Red house(3rd),smokes Pall Mall,drinks milk,rears birds.
    German:Green house(4th),smokes prince,drinks coffee,has a fish.
    Swede:White house (5th),smokes Bluemaster,drinks beer,has a dog.

  3. dothebest1 permalink
    February 13, 2008 4:10 am

    Just in case some of you could not understand how to make it, here is the path to solve it:

    http://www.frontiernet.net/~mwdaly/recpuzzles/einstein.html

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  5. mscbl3 permalink
    February 13, 2008 6:20 pm

    yep, the German owns the fish…

  6. weedivine permalink
    February 14, 2008 3:47 am

    I’m really proud of myself for figuring this out…. sad? yes. But satisfying…

  7. Rogue permalink
    February 14, 2008 7:25 pm

    Almost all the answers to the Einstein Quiz I have seen on the web go through the same mechanical process to solving the puzzle. They chart out the problem, lay out each clue graphically, and slowly build a picture of which persons, drinks and pets are in which houses. Its a logical, technical and involved process. If you do all this you inevitably conclude that it is the German who has fish.

    But is this the right way to solve the problem? No its not! Nowhere in the problem, except in the question, is the word fish found. Thus the fifth pet might just as well be elephants as fish. After a lot of work you can safely conclude that the German has the fifth pet, but you have to ASSUME that the fifth pet is fish in order to conclude the German has fish. But you have no basis for making this assumption. Note that Einstein was very careful to separate the “Facts” from the “Question” in this puzzle.

    So the correct answer to the Einstein Quiz is: You have no idea if anyone keeps fish or not. Once you grasp the nature of the problem correctly, its rather simple to solve. And it is just like Einstein to give us a puzzle like this, for he stressed examining assumptions, and once wrote: “The important thing is to not stop questioning.”

  8. February 14, 2008 11:05 pm

    i nearly figured it out and then i cheated. >.>

  9. bennie2015 permalink
    February 15, 2008 7:22 pm

    The German has the fish!

  10. Davej permalink
    April 18, 2008 8:57 am

    Find out who owns the Cat & that’s who owns the fish, it’s food.

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