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Einstein’s riddle – can you solve it?

einstein's riddle

My brother asked me the other day if I fancied trying to solve a riddle. Naturally I said yes so we had a little competition to see who could solve Einstein’s riddle first.

Albert Einstein wrote this riddle and famously said that 98% of the world’s population would not be able to solve it. All I will say is that if I can solve this, you can too! It took me fifteen minutes and my brother twenty minutes to solve (can’t beat a little sibling rivalry) and it’s a really fun puzzle. Anyone can solve it, you just need a little patience.

Let me know how you get on!

Einstein’s riddle

1. In a street there are five houses, painted five different colours.
2. In each house lives a person of different nationality.
3. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke a different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.

The question: 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.

So, who owns the fish?

via The Manbottle Library. You can find the answer here.

Image: Sofi