Are you in the 2% of the population that can solve this riddle?

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?


  1. The Brit lives in a red house
  2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets
  3. The Dane 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 centre 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 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”.


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Coach Mi

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  1. Hi Mi,

    I have just made up this solution. I think it works okay …


    House Red White Blue Yellow Green
    Pets Birds Dogs Horse Cats *FISH*
    Drink Milk Beer Tea Water Coffee
    House 3 5 2 1 4
    Smokes Pall Mall Blue Mas Blends Dunhill Prince

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