I discovered this intriguing riddle and was compelled to try to solve it when it was prefaced with the challenge that only 2% of the population can solve it. The 2% statistic probably has no scientific basis and the riddle is really more a logical puzzle than a riddle. However, I was up for the challenge!
The Riddle / Puzzle
In a street, there are 5 houses, painted 5 different colours. In each house lives a person of a different nationality. These 5 homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke a different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.
Who owns the fish?
- The Brit lives in a red house
- The Swede keeps dogs as pets
- The Dane drinks tea
- The Green house is next to and on the left of the White house
- The owner of the Green house drinks coffee
- The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds
- The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill
- The man living in the centre 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 horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill
- The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer
- The German smokes Prince
- The Norwegian lives next to the blue house
- The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.
I unfortunately misplaced the solution thinking that I didn’t want to bias the process by knowing the answer, however, I’m fairly certain I have the solution and would love to compare the answer with those of you thinking of giving this a go. Please send your solution using “Comments”.