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Can You Solve Einstein's Nearly Impossible Riddle?

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Supposedly, Albert Einstein came up with a nearly impossible riddle as a child. There are two things wrong with that statement, however: For one thing, there's no evidence to suggest Einstein wrote this riddle, and for another, it's not impossible — it just takes a lot of work and patience. Care to give it a try?

Here's Einstein's Riddle

There are five houses of different colors next to each other on the same road. In each house lives a man of a different nationality. Every man has a favorite drink, a favorite brand of cigarettes, and a certain kind of pet, but none of them have the same favorite drink, the same favorite cigarette, or the same pet as any other.

Here are your clues:

1. The Englishman lives in the red house.

2. The Swede has dogs.

3. The Dane drinks tea.

4. The green house is just to the left of the white house.

5. The owner of the green house drinks coffee.

6. The man who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.

7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.

8. The owner of 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 has cats.

11. The man who has a 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 has a neighbor who drinks water.

Here's the question: Who owns the fish?

Use a pencil and paper to try to figure it out, then watch the video below or scroll down to find the answer.

How to Solve Einstein's Riddle

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Solving Einstein's riddle requires nothing but logical thinking. 00:13

  2. Here is Einstein's Riddle: 00:41

  3. Here is the answer to Einstein's Riddle: 04:30

Here's the Answer

To find the answer, create a grid with the house numbers along a horizontal row at the top and each trait in a row below it. Then fill in the information you have. Once you've done that, you can use a process of elimination to figure out where each person lives and what pet they own.

In the end, you'll find that the person who owns the fish is ... the German, in house number four. Did you get it?

Written by Curiosity Staff September 4, 2015

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