I got this riddle from Coach Mi’s Blog:
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.
When I was younger I used to love doing puzzles like these. Back then I did purely for the enjoyment. When I came across this puzzle, recently, I think it was the challenge that only “2% of the population could work it out” that caught me. Being a SAHM with the bulk of my conversation being with a toddler, I wondered if my faculties were still functioning. I’m glad to say they still are. I’m also glad to say that I still enjoy doing riddles like these, although I reckon it is a little more challenging with the pint size distractions vying for my attention.
Although they say that only 2% of the population can work this out, I seriously gotta question that statistic. 2%? Really?
Anyway, it’s still pretty fun to do. See if you can work it out and then head over to Coach Mi’s Blog for the answer – it’s in the comments.