# A logic puzzle Einstein reputedly enjoyed presenting.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by nomurphy, May 2, 2007.

1. ### nomurphy Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

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Hints:

1. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
2. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
3. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
4. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
5. The British lives in a red house.
6. The man living right in the center drinks milk.
7. The green house is on the left of the white house (it also means they are next
door to each other)
8. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
9. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
10. The green house owner drinks coffee.
11. The Dane drinks tea.
12. The owner who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The man who smokes Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
15. The man who smokes Blend has a neighbor who drinks water.

The question is: "Who owns the fish?"

2. ### recca02 Senior Member

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hey i,ve solved or at least seen such questions. (they are favorite of MBA entrance examination paper setters)
but in the above hint there is no description given abt the fish owner,

is there a condition that each person has a pet for sure, has a house ,is from certain country,has a hobby or habit.
of course these are understood but still please clarify.

plz check if u have written all the condn.

( i wud have loved to solve this one but due to some other considerations i wont be able to ,hope if no one is able to do it by 26th of may
take it for granted that i sure wud )

3. ### Dave Retired Moderator

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The matrix for this puzzle is a beast!

At the minute I'm for it being the German, correct? (It needs a bit of proofreading to make sure I got it right).

Dave

4. ### nomurphy Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

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This is not a trick question, nor is there a "quick" solution. You just have to sit down and slog your way through the logic.

So, unless you're a Rainman or puzzle pattern freak, it will take a bit of your time. But, it is a "fun" logic puzzle.

I will let it sit for a few days, then post the answer matrix.

5. ### Dave Retired Moderator

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I know there is no quick answer. My attempt at the matrix led me to the conclusion that the German is the owner of the fish.

If I can get my scanner working I'll post my attempt.

Dave

6. ### n9352527 AAC Fanatic!

Oct 14, 2005
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I concur with Dave's answer. The German owns the fish.

7. ### nomurphy Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

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For the answer matrix, see the attached text file.

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8. ### cumesoftware Senior Member

Apr 27, 2007
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Indeed. Is the German that owns the fish. Checked myself.
What I most like in this puzzle is that stereotypes are not followed (for example, the German doesn't drink beer, neither the British drinks tea).

9. ### Dave Retired Moderator

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My matrix arrangement was as follows:

Nationality - House Number - House Colour - Drink - Cigarettes - Pet

Set against each other, i.e. across the top of my matrix and down the side. You then have to use a method of elimination to get to the German owning the fish. I will post it if my scanner starts behaving!

Dave