# Einstein's Riddle

Boris Popov no-spam-popov at bigserver.com
Sun Mar 11 15:05:39 EST 2001

```"Steve Graham" <js.graham at home.com> wrote in message
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> Who would be interested in using his/her brain (and his computer) to solve
> the following?
>
>
> Steve Graham
>
> ===
>
> Einstein's Riddle
>
> Albert Einstein wrote this riddle this century [ed. 20th century].  He
said
> 98% of the world could not solve it.
>
> 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 Sweed keeps dogs as pets.
>
> The Dane drinks tea.
>
> The green house is on the left of the white house.
>
> The green house's owner 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 Blends 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 Bluemasters drinks beer.
>
> The German smokes Prince.
>
> The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
>
> The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.
>

I don't beleive he said that only 2% of the world could solve it. It's not
hard, you just need to pay attention to the details. The German owns the
fish. It was supposed to be a table that I used to layout all the details,
but I prefer to post plain-text:

house         1 2 3 4 5
color            yellow blue red green white
nationality   norweigian dane brit german swede
drink            water tea milk coffee beer
smoke        dunhill blend pall mall prince bluemaster
pet              cats horse birds fish dogs

-Boris
P.S. Did I have to write software to solve it ? :)

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