Einstein's Riddle - Can You Solve It?
February 12, 2007 12:06pm CST
Can you solve Einstein's riddle? No special math skills are required, but you will need patience and bit of logical reasoning ability. Enlarge ImageSome have said Einstein's riddle is the worlds hardest riddle. It isn't. The story is that Albert Einstein created it as a young man, and claimed that 98% of the world population couldn't solve it. Though I'm not certain of the true origin, it is a tough one, and it is a good way to exercise your brainpower. Here it is: - There are five houses next to each other on a street, painted five different colors. - A person of different nationality lives in each house. - The five home owners each drink a different beverage, smoke a different brand of cigar and keep a different pet. Einstein's riddle is simply this: Who owns the fish? Of course, you need the necessary clues: 1. The British man lives in a red house. 2. The Swedish man keeps dogs as pets. 3. The Danish man drinks tea. 4. The Green house is next to, and on the left of the White house. 5. The owner of the Green house drinks coffee. 6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds. 7. The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill. 8. The man living in the center house drinks milk. 9. The Norwegian lives in the first house. 10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats. 11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill. 12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer. 13. The German smokes Prince. 14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house. 15. The Blends smoker lives next to the one who drinks water. First of all, a chart is the most useful tool for riddles like this. Make a chart with five columns for the five houses, and five rows for house color, nationality, type of drink, type of cigar, and finally, pets. This gives you 25 boxes to fill in. Since clue 8 states the man in the middle house drinks milk, you can start by filling in that one. Now you are on your own. This is a decent riddle, and especially fun for those who like riddles with systematic solutions. Even if you can't get the solution, you'll get a good mental workout doing Einstein's riddle.
• Sri Lanka
19 Feb 07
I think in your last two paragraphs you have given misleading data in solving the puzzle. By drawing charts and grids you simply arrive at the following answer. The German in the Green House Drinks Coffee and Smokes Prince. He keeps the Fish. But this is not the correct answer. If it was, Einstein would not have got involved in it. Nowhere in the riddle is stated about an ownership of a Fish. So we cannot say who owns the fish. According to the riddle no where is it given as to what pet the German owns. It could be an Elephant, Whale or Dinasaur. How can you tell?