Can You Solve this Riddle? Only 2% of the Population Can…

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?


  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.

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.

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