Mon 25 Nov, 2002 08:14 pm
Einstein wrote the following riddle. He said that 98% of the world could not solve it. But several NIEHS scientists were able to solve it, and they said its not all that hard if you pay attention and are very patient. In fact everyone who answered this riddle when I posed it said it was overrated or easy. Give it a try:
There are 5 houses in 5 different colors in a row. 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. Other facts:
1. The Brit lives in the red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the immediate left of the white house.
5. The green house`s owner drinks coffee.
6. The owner who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The owner living in the center house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The owner who keeps the horse lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill.
12. The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who drinks water.
The question is : WHO OWNS THE FISH?
The german has the fish.
Norwegian Dane Briton German Swede
Yellow Blue Red Green White
Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer
Dunhill Blends Pall Mall Prince Bluemasters
Cats Horse Birds FISH Dogs
Next poster must explain how this conclusion can be drawn (fbaezer is excepted of course).
I came to the same conclusion as follows :
1. Norwegian not in blue(14), red(Brit), green or white(due to 1st house and next to blue) so yellow. Smokes Dunhill(7).
2. Green house and white house 4th and 5th respectively, since middle(3) drinks milk, and green drinks coffee.
3. Brit in red not in house 1(yellow), 2(blue), 4(green) or 5(white) so 3 (middle). Drinks milk(8)
4. Norwegian doesn't drink milk(Brit), coffee(green), tea(dane) or beer(since he smokes Dunhill) => water.
5. Now established that second house is blue(14) and has a horse(11) and smokes Blends(15) : No Brit(3rd house), Norwegian (1st house), German(smokes Prince) or Swede(who has dogs) => Dane lives there.
6. Birds not kept by Dane(smokes Blends not Pall Mall), by Norwegian(smokes Dunhill), German(smokes Prince) or Swede(has dogs) so by the Brit who therefor smokes Pall Mall(6)
7. So Norwegian has cats, deduced from 10 (other neighbour has birds).
Now we know that the German has the fish, by deduction.
Furtheron, negation leaves Swede with Bluemasters and Beer, and the German therefre lives in the green house(no 4). Rest is fill in the blanks.
It took me longer to write this extensive reply and double check it(about an hour :-( ) then to solve the riddle.
so try this: one slew twelve yet slew none, how is that possible?
Man you are posting that everywhere. I answered it in the place you first posted it.
sorry bout that, im new so i didnt know if anyone would answer if i posted it in just one place
I did it by making five house blanks, and filling in the given information. This gave me the first house ethnicity and cigarette, which led to the second house being blue. Worked it out slowly from there, with a little trial and error checking back through the list, altering mistakes.
This is like the logic puzzles you can buy. Can't remember the publisher (Dell?), but that's what they're called. And they give you a grid with the items to match up and eliminate with the given clues. I used to love to do those but they're not really riddles...
A man goes to Sydney on Friday and comes home on Sunday, yet is only gone for 12 hours. How is this possible.
actually Friday and Sunday are both horses.
I really cannot get over that this is Einstein's puzzle. I'm a puzzle fan and I've not only done this puzzle -- but a half dozen others just like it.
It showed up in two different forms on Abuzz.
friday and sunday don't necesarilly gotta be hores, he could have got their on the horse "Sunday" on the day friday.
It cant be just 2% of population
What do you think is the real % of population that can solve this riddle?
I did this puzzle by making one of the grids that -t referred to. I also found it helpful to fill things into a set of house blanks as I figured them out in my grid.
"4. Norwegian doesn't drink milk(Brit), coffee(green), tea(dane) or beer(since he smokes Dunhill) => water. "
What's wrong with smoking beer and smokin Dunhill?
If that's one of the clues then i doubt most would know it.
Exister, clue 12 says that the one who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer. Therefore one who smokes Dunhill is not the one that drinks beer