Albert Einstein’s Riddle


Einstein has been widely credited online with the following riddle, and with the claim that 98% of the world could not solve it. There is a logical answer…

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 to know:

  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?

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3 thoughts on “Albert Einstein’s Riddle

  1. CG

    A: The German owns the fish.

    Deductive reasoning will provide you with this answer…

    The Norwegian lives in the yellow house, drinks water, smokes Dunhill and has a cat.

    The Dane lives in the blue house, drinks tea, smokes blends, and has horses.

    The Brit lives in the red house, drinks milk, smokes Pall Mall and has birds.

    The Swede lives in the White house, drinks beer, smokes Bluemast and has dogs.

    The German lives in the green house, drinks coffee, smokes Prince – and has a fish.

  2. Chris George

    Here’s another grid puzzle that might prove easier than Einstein’s… There are 5 ships in a port.

    The Greek ship leaves at six and carries coffee.
    The ship in the middle has a black chimney.
    The English ship leaves at nine.
    The French ship with a blue chimney is to the left of a ship that carries coffee.
    To the right of the ship carrying cocoa is a ship going to Marseille.
    The Brazilian ship is heading for Manila.
    Next to the ship carrying rice is a ship with a green chimney.
    A ship going to Genoa leaves at five.
    The Spanish ship leaves at seven and is to the right of the ship going to Marseille.
    The ship with a red chimney goes to Hamburg.
    Next to the ship leaving at seven is a ship with a white chimney.
    The ship on the border carries corn.
    The ship with a black chimney leaves at eight.
    The ship carrying corn is anchored next to the ship carrying rice.
    The ship to Hamburg leaves at six.

    Which ship goes to Port Said? Which ship carries tea?

  3. Chris George

    The answers to the riddle above are:

    The Spanish ship goes to Port Said & the French ship carries the tea.


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