Brain Teaser

December 6, 2007 at 12:53 am Leave a comment

This quiz is supposed to have been written by Einstein. He said that 98% of the people in the world cannot solve the quiz. Could you be among the other 2%?

  • There are 5 houses, each is a different colour
  • In each house lives a person of a different nationality.
  • These 5 owners all drink a certain beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar and keep a certain pet.
  • No owner has the same pet, smokes the same brand of cigar or drinks the same drink as another owner.


1: The Briton lives in a red house.
2: The Swede keeps dogs as pets
3: The Dane drinks tea
4: The green house is on the left of the white house (they are also next door to each other)
5: The green house owner 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 house right in the center drinks milk
9: The Norwegian lives in the first house
10: The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats
11: The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill
12: The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer
13: The German smokes Prince
14: The Norwegian lives next to the blue house
15: The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.

The question is: WHO KEEPS FISH?

The answer:

9: The Norwegian lives in the first house

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour          
Man Norwegian        
Pet          
Smoke          
Drink          

14: The Norwegian lives next to the blue house

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour   Blue      
Man Norwegian        
Pet          
Smoke          
Drink          

8: The man living in the house right in the centre drinks milk

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour   Blue      
Man Norwegian        
Pet          
Smoke          
Drink     Milk    

4: The green house is on the left of the white house (they are also next door to each other)
5: The green house owner drinks coffee

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour   Blue   Green White
Man Norwegian        
Pet          
Smoke          
Drink     Milk Coffee  

(Note – Since House 2 we already know is blue, and the green and white house are next to each other, they must be 3 and 4 OR 4 and 5. However the owner of House 3 drinks milk. So 4 must be the Green House and 5 must be the White House)

1: The Briton lives in a red house.

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour   Blue Red Green White
Man Norwegian   Briton    
Pet          
Smoke          
Drink     Milk Coffee  

7: The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour Yellow Blue Red Green White
Man Norwegian   Briton    
Pet          
Smoke Dunhill        
Drink     Milk Coffee  

11: The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour Yellow Blue Red Green White
Man Norwegian   Briton    
Pet   Horses      
Smoke Dunhill        
Drink     Milk Coffee  

3: The Dane drinks tea
12: The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer
15: The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour Yellow Blue Red Green White
Man Norwegian Dane Briton    
Pet   Horses      
Smoke Dunhill Blend     Blue Master
Drink Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer

(OK – here is where we get all the drinks sorted out. The Dane could be 2 or 5. The person who smokes Blue Master could also be 2 or 5. However the Dane can’t be 5, otherwise House 2 would be the Blue Master smoker and beer drinker, which would only leave House 1 for the water drinking neighbour; this doesn’t work, since this would now make House 2 the Blend smoker. So the Dane is in House 2, etc)

13: The German smokes Prince

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour Yellow Blue Red Green White
Man Norwegian Dane Briton German  
Pet   Horses      
Smoke Dunhill Blend   Prince Blue Master
Drink Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer

2: The Swede keeps dogs as pets

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour Yellow Blue Red Green White
Man Norwegian Dane Briton German Swede
Pet   Horses     Dogs
Smoke Dunhill Blend   Prince Blue Master
Drink Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer

6: The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour Yellow Blue Red Green White
Man Norwegian Dane Briton German Swede
Pet   Horses Birds   Dogs
Smoke Dunhill Blend Pall Mall Prince Blue Master
Drink Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer

10: The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats

 
1
2
3
4
5
Colour Yellow Blue Red Green White
Man Norwegian Dane Briton German Swede
Pet Cats Horses Birds   Dogs
Smoke Dunhill Blend Pall Mall Prince Blue Master
Drink Water Tea Milk Coffee Beer

Which only leaves one gap.

Who keeps Fish? The German.

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