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Old 09-15-08, 01:05 PM   #1
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Einstein's Riddle - Are you in top 2%?

Yes, you can easily google the answer, but try to figure it out on your own and please don't post the answer if you do. I did it, but it was not a 5 minute effort....I probably played with it a good 45 minutes to solve it. Are you in the 2% of people that Einstein said could solve it?
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Einstein's Riddle!

There are 5 houses in 5 different colors. In each house lives a person with a different nationality. The 5 owners drink a certain type of beverage, smoke a certain brand of cigar, and keep a certain pet. No owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigar, or drink the same beverage.

The question is: Who owns the fish?

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* 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 homeowner 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 Blend lives next to the one who keeps cats.
* The man who keeps the horse 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.

Einstein wrote this riddle early during the 19th century. He said 98% of the world could not solve it. Its not hard, you just need to pay attention and be patient.
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Old 09-15-08, 01:08 PM   #2
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I can't solve it. I tried a few months ago, but ran out of patience. That took far less than 45 minutes, though! That's my ADD kicking in.
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Old 09-15-08, 01:17 PM   #3
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Got it.

Just had to write everything down, a white board helped.
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Old 09-15-08, 01:18 PM   #4
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Got it.

Just had to write everything down, a white board helped.
Darn...you're fast. I was using a piece of paper and it probably took me 45 minutes.
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I've actually seen it before. There are two ways of solving it correctly though. One way if you catch Einstein's little trick, but another that logically works if you don't.
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Got it about two years ago.
Took me about a half an hour.

I drew out 5 houses and a grid to the side with the nationalities on one side and the drinks across the top.

Just started checking off and crossing off what did and did not work.
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There's a huge book filled with puzzles like this...I used to amuse myself on the bus answering those, then I got my DS.
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Old 09-15-08, 01:23 PM   #8
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Which one smoked beef jerky and raised quail?
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There's a huge book filled with puzzles like this...I used to amuse myself on the bus answering those, then I got my DS.
I have four or five books with similar (and other) type puzzles that I break out during travel and such.
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Einstein wrote this riddle early during the 19th century. He said 98% of the world could not solve it. Its not hard, you just need to pay attention and be patient.
That still means 120,000,000 people can solve it (give or take a few million).
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That still means 120,000,000 people can solve it (give or take a few million).
Yup.....but they have to work at it. It ain't a free bee.
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Which one smoked beef jerky and raised quail?
The Texan, he lives on the next block.
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Are you in the 2% of people that Einstein said could solve it?
perhaps if I was more determined, and hadn't taken 45 minutes of my work day already?

Working through this answer sheet, I got about half way there, I blew it by putting the Dane in the wrong house, and just messed it all up from there.
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I'm in like, the bottom 2%.
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I've got almost half, and that's WITH help.
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My attention span is far too short to attempt this.
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pulease! The real question is who has the indoor hydroponic setup and the best ganja?
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Tomatoes, yeah, right.
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Sorry to be pedantic, but unless Einstein used his space-time theories to build an actual time machine, he couldn't have written this logic game in the early 19th Century, since he was born in 1879.
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pulease! The real question is who has the indoor hydroponic setup and the best ganja?
It's the same person who owns the fish. It's obvious!
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Is this puzzle supposed to be solved in your head because solving it with paper
isn't hard, it just takes a little bit of diagramming and effort?

The LSAT is full of these kinds of puzzles.
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Got it! ~20 mins unassisted. I feel accomplished. Now back to work...
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isn't hard, it just takes a little bit of diagramming and effort?

The LSAT is full of these kinds of puzzles.

Thanks for reminding me. I hated that part. Lots of dinner party logic games as I recall.
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son of a *****!
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Hah! I got it. I used an Excel spreadsheet.
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