Einstein’s Riddle

Einstein’s Riddle or the Five Houses Riddle is said to have been invented by Einstein. He said that ninety-eight percent of the world would not be able to solve it. Though this is only a myth, this riddle is exceptionally hard to solve. It is a logic puzzle that makes “solvers” use simple (so it seems until you try it) deduction. It took me about an hour to solve this riddle so you may take less time or more time, it depends on how concentrated you are.

The outline of the riddle:

  • There are five houses, and each house is a different color
  • Each house has a different owner of a certain nationality
  • Each owner keeps a certain pet
  • Each owner smokes a certain brand of cigar
  • Each owner drinks a certain drink
  • Nothing can repeat
  • The purpose of the riddle is to find who owns the fish

The “clues:”

  • the Brit lives in the red house
  • the Swede keeps dogs as pets
  • the Dane drinks tea
  • the green house is on the left of the white house
  • the green house’s owner drinks coffee
  • the person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds
  • the owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill
  • the man living in the center 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 owner who smokes BlueMaster drinks beer
  • the German smokes Prince
  • the Norwegian lives next to the blue house
  • the man who smokes blend has a neighbor who drinks water

Organizer not answer key

House Color Nationality Drink Pet Cigar
Blue Norwegian Milk Fish Dunhill
Red Brit Water Horse Pall Mall
Green German Beer Bird BlueMaster
White Dane Tea Cat Prince
Yellow Swede Coffee Dog Blend


Ted-ed 5 Houses Riddle Video

Online Version of Riddle


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