Riddle me this...

11 Nov 2020
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Okay; so not exactly a word game - but can you solve Einstein's 'House Riddle'?

There are five houses lined up next to each other along a street. Each house is a different colour, and each homeowner is of a different nationality, drinks a different beverage, smokes a different brand of cigar, and owns a different pet.

If these variables can never repeat from house to house, which homeowner has a pet fish?

You should be able to figure out the answer based on these 15 clues:

  1. The Englishman lives in the house with red walls.
  2. The Swede keeps dogs.
  3. The Dane drinks tea.
  4. The house with green walls is just to the left of the house with white walls.
  5. The owner of the house with green walls drinks coffee.
  6. The man who smokes Pall Mall keeps birds.
  7. The owner of the house with yellow walls smokes Dunhills.
  8. The man in the centre house drinks milk.
  9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  10. The Blend smoker has a neighbour who keeps cats.
  11. The man who smokes Blue Masters drinks beer.
  12. The man who keeps horses lives next to the Dunhill smoker.
  13. The German smokes Prince.
  14. The Norwegian lives next to the house with blue walls.
  15. The Blend smoker has a neighbour who drinks water.

Can you solve it?
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I haven't even tried to workout the answer, but I do recall Prince cigarettes. They were the only cigarettes I ever purchased that were high tar and had a filter.
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I got as far as working out the order of the house colour, and then gave up. It dawned on me that you have to start guessing and working through each scenario until you find one that works.

But seriously? The Englishman drinks milk...
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